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Name not shown inside Town Limits June 16, 2021, 12:51 PM

Name Jerome Foskey
Do you have any comments regarding the Greater Island Council Beaufort County Landfill Resolution? Not at this time

Frank Babel inside Town Limits June 15, 2021, 3:40 PM

Name Frank Babel
Do you have any comments regarding the Regulation of E-Scooters? Agree. Their sale and use should be banned. Our pathways are too crowded for these and similar devices.
Do you have any comments regarding the Regulation of E-Bikes? There is hostility toward the operation of e-bikes on HHI’s pathways and beaches by some residents, and for good reason. Anecdotal reports highlight reckless and unsafe behavior of some e-bike users. Some of these reports are exaggerated, some are not. And people are on both sides of this issue.
The reality is that e-bikes are where the future is. It is how we eventually will have much of our workforce get on our island to work and tourists to leave to explore the mainland.
We as a gold level bike friendly community and internationally recognized leader need to get some experience dealing with them, and the sooner the better. They are coming here on the back of SUV’s whether we like it or not.
Dealing with them will require:
1. Regulation of bikes on our pathways and beaches, including e-bikes
2. The establishment of speed limits for bikes on pathways and beaches.
3. The enforcement of speed limits.
We can work our way through this. But those three questions must be answered.

Do you have any comments regarding the Trolley Service Update? Looks like it is working.

Patsy Brison inside Town Limits June 15, 2021, 3:00 PM

Name Patsy Brison
Do you have any comments regarding the Regulation of E-Scooters? Prohibit on multi-use pathways, in the parks, and on the beaches.
Do you have any comments regarding the Regulation of E-Bikes? Prohibit on multi-use pathways, in the parks, and on the beaches.

As a resident of the South Forest Beach area, I very much enjoy the frequent use of the multi-use pathways in South Forest Beach. There is a walking loop of about 2.5 miles from our condominium residence on Deallyon Avenue to the intersection of South Forest Beach Drive and Cordillo Parkway and back which I walk an average of 3 times per week, all year long. Sometimes, the walking loop includes a section along the beach in the same area. On other occasions, I walk a longer loop in the North Forest Beach area along the pathways and the beach.

I am also a bicyclist, riding a non-motorized road bike on the multi-use public pathways all over the Island. My husband and I also have non-motorized beach bikes which we have ridden south on the beach to the toe of the Island and north on the beach to the folly. We have also led family members and friends on bike rides all over the Island and the beaches. I have also served for 2 years as a 20 mile ride leader for Pedal HHI.

Based on my experience, I am totally opposed to allowing E-bikes on our multi-use pathways. I have been nearly clipped twice by E-bike riders while walking in the South Forest Beach area.

E-bikes weigh from 38-70 pounds, depending on the type, according to the website of ebikegeneration, a seller and advocate for E-bikes. The speeds can be as high as 28 mph. For Pedal HHI in 2021, the 20 mile ride was 8-10 mph, the 40 mile ride was 13-15 mph for the first 20 miles, and the 62 mile ride on the roads (not the pathways) for the most experienced, active cyclists was controlled for the first 21 mile portion at 20 mph. With E-bikes going 20-28 mph, they do not belong on our multi-use pathways

I have also collected photographs and measurements of the pathways in the South Forest Beach area. The size, sight distance, and condition of the pathways varies. I do not believe that these pathways are safe for E-bike use due to the speed and weight of the E-bikes and the very frequent use of the pathways.

I certainly respect the views, experiences, and needs of others. The best solution would be for the Town to have dedicated bike lanes for active cyclists and E-bikes, which are separate from the pathways and vehicular traffic. Many European cities and some U.S. communities have been able to accomplish that separation of uses. Unless and until Hilton Head Island can do the same, we must balance the interests of the use of the multi-use pathways, with safety being the prime criteria.

Our reputation is as a bike-friendly community, especially for our visitors and with great respect for the use of our residents. Our beaches must be safe for children and for the enjoyment of all, free from speeding and heavy E-bikes. Our relentless pursuit of excellence calls for analysis and methods which think outside of the box and produce excellence.

The multi-use pathways were not designed for motorized use, which is why there is a prohibition in the Town Code of Ordinances. I respectfully urge the Committee to recommend that the Town Council uphold that prohibition by developing a method and means to prohibit E-bikes on the Town's pathways, in the Town's parks, and on the beaches. I do believe there is great merit and support for that decision. It can be accomplished with vision, leadership, and creativity.

Name not shown inside Town Limits June 14, 2021, 3:22 PM

Name SueSueHHI
Do you have any comments regarding the Regulation of E-Scooters? I feel strongly that any powered device whether it's a scooter, bike, or golf cart should not be allowed on the bike paths. It is a huge safety concern! My husband and I are avid cyclist and enjoy riding our hybrid bikes all over the island... sometimes up to 25 miles. Just an observation - most e-bikes and e-scooters are operated by teenagers who are looking for a thrill rather than getting exercise. They don't pay attention to their surroundings while on the path, especially pedestrians and cyclists. DO NOT ALLOW THEM ON THE PATHS!
Do you have any comments regarding the Regulation of E-Bikes? I feel strongly that any powered device whether it's a scooter, bike, or golf cart should not be allowed on the bike paths. It is a huge safety concern! My husband and I are avid cyclist and enjoy riding our hybrid bikes all over the island... sometimes up to 25 miles. Just an observation - most e-bikes and e-scooters are operated by teenagers who are looking for a thrill rather than getting exercise. They don't pay attention to their surroundings while on the path, especially pedestrians and cyclists. DO NOT ALLOW THEM ON THE PATHS!
Do you have any comments regarding the Trolley Service Update? not at this time.

Jim Laidley inside Town Limits June 13, 2021, 3:33 PM

Name Jim Laidley
Do you have any comments regarding the Regulation of E-Scooters? I do not wish that ride share scooters be left around. Privately owned/rented scooters should be operated with reasonable rules. Helmets, governed speed, etc.
Do you have any comments regarding the Regulation of E-Bikes? Class 1 and 2 E-Bikes that are augmented bicycles open up cycling to individuals that would otherwise not be able to ride. (Knee injury, declining health, etc, old). I ride on trails alongside regular and e-bikes and have never had an issue. I have seen plenty of cases where regular bicycle riders have caused safety issues by not following the rules/trail etiquette. If the same rules are applied to E-bikes there should not be any added issues. Class 3 or just motorized E-Bikes are a different story and I understand if those would be banned.
Do you have any comments regarding the Trolley Service Update? No.

Kathleen Diamant inside Town Limits June 13, 2021, 1:08 PM

Name Kathleen Diamant
Do you have any comments regarding the Regulation of E-Scooters? They should not be operated by anyone under 16 years old. They should have license plates on them in case of accidents/liability issues. They should NOT be allowed on bike paths as they are too powerful and dangerous on the narrow bike and walking paths.
Do you have any comments regarding the Regulation of E-Bikes? They should not be operated by anyone under 16 years old. They should have license plates on them in case of accidents/liability issues. They should NOT be allowed on bike paths as they are too powerful and dangerous on the narrow bike and walking paths.
Do you have any comments regarding the Trolley Service Update? It's great.

Name not shown inside Town Limits June 13, 2021, 11:07 AM

Name brad johnson
Do you have any comments regarding the Regulation of E-Scooters? e-scooters should not be allowed on the beach. Only allowed on bike paths with a non-modifiable governor that limits speed to 5 mph. Not allowed on roads. Gated communities should be allowed to determine if e-scooters are allowed at all.
Do you have any comments regarding the Regulation of E-Bikes? not allowed on beaches and bike paths. only allowed on roads. Gated communities should be allowed to self-determine if e-bikes are allowed at all.

Name not shown inside Town Limits June 13, 2021, 8:53 AM

Name Lisa Wright
Do you have any comments regarding the Regulation of E-Scooters? Ebikes are a fantastic way to encourage people to ride longer, further and more often. An ebike has 2 classes/functions. Battery assist, which requires you to pedal and the the assist kicks in to help. Normally there are 3 levels of assist Class 2 has a throttle which does not require you to pedal. This is more for commuter bikes. I love my ebike. Being in my 50s it gives me the confidence to ride 30 miles or more and I know I can get back home. My bike is a class 2 but I never use the throttle. It was a more cost effective option. An ebike is around $800 for a not very good one. $3k for a good one.
Do you have any comments regarding the Regulation of E-Bikes? I think ebikes should be allowed on bike trails with the firm restriction that they must be pedaled by the rider at all times. This will make using the throttle version against the rules.
Setting a speed limit on the bike path would keep the trail safe. For example, what is the normal rate of speed on a beach cruiser. Set the limit to that.
Require ANY bike to yeild to walkers.
Post signs about bike and walker courtesy. Call out on your left when passing. Walkers go single file when being passed, walk right, ride left ect.

I believe any bike/scooter that is fully motorized and not able to be peddeled should not be allowed other than mortized wheel chairs.

With the average age on the island increasing, ebikes are a great way for everyone to enjoy riding! The best part is being able to go for a long ride, grab a meal and be able to ride back.

With anything, doing it smart and safe is the priority.

If nessesary during high season, limiting hours an ebike can be on the bike trail would also be an idea.
Ebikes have very good brakes and riders should use them when a trail is crowded.
Ebikes CAN be ridden with out the assist so they are full human power only. They are heavier bikes so they do take more effort. Most times I ride on the trail with out the assist.
There are options on how ebike, regular bikes and walkers can share the trails.
The island is known for its bike trails and outlawing an ebike is not nessesary. Rules and Regs are.

Name not shown inside Town Limits June 13, 2021, 8:33 AM

Name PJ Teal
Do you have any comments regarding the Regulation of E-Scooters? Currently, the bike trails are far too crowded to add another dimension such as e scooters and bikes. I think they would be treacherous for small children and the many pedestrians.
Do you have any comments regarding the Regulation of E-Bikes? Same as above

Name not shown outside Town Limits June 13, 2021, 7:41 AM

Name debbie stevens
Do you have any comments regarding the Regulation of E-Scooters? I am very much against allowing e-scooters on Hilton Head Island. Our island is overcrowded as it is and adding e-scooters to the mix, would most certainly cause multiple injuries or worse.
Do you have any comments regarding the Regulation of E-Bikes? It would seem allowing e-bikes is inevitable, due to SC statute. If possible, I would prefer they require some type of limitation as to speed.
Do you have any comments regarding the Trolley Service Update? I think keeping track of the number of riders from each stop is a reasonable request in order to make future plans for the sustainability of the service.