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New bike lanes are appearing in downtown Tillamook as part of the Hoquarton Waterfront project to provide adequate space for bicyclists in the city.

Headlight-Herald/ Brian Cameron

They want to ride their bicycle, they want to ride their bike – and the City of Tillamook is listening.

A change in Second Street’s parking sparked a stir last week. Between Stillwell Avenue and Grove Avenue has a brand new addition that is serving to confuse a number of people around town.

“It’s one of the first sections of the new east-bound bicycle lane,” said City Manager Paul Wyntergreen. “Eventually this will join with the rest of the project and extend from Fir Avenue all the way to Stillwell with adequate space for bicycle usage within the city.”

Seemingly right now the project appears confusing, which is due to the lack of directional arrows, pictographs or wayfinding signage. Something according to Wyntergreen is set to change as the overall revitalization of downtown is underway.

Officially the new bike lane is wrapped up into the new Hoquarton Waterfront project. However it is also under the purview of the City’s new parking plan regarding the newly designed downtown area.  

“I’m not so sure about it, there isn’t a lot of room for larger cars,” Skylar Veek, Lucky Bear Soap Co. owner, said. “All it will take is someone with large mirrors on their car to have a really hard time getting through that.”

Veek was making reference to the fact that currently with the bike lane, the angled parking and the parking on the opposite side of the street there is only 10 feet of wiggle room for cars, which can be a tight fit for some.

One thing is for sure, there will be a number of other projects over the next year that may look out of place – but if the bike lane is any indicator of change – then it’s safe to say there might be some more unexpected pieces to the puzzle to show up over time.

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