Editorial: Do We Need ‘Bike Lanes’ for Paddleboards?posted: 9/28/2012
Some locals worry that it is only a matter of time before a newbie paddleboarder will inadvertently cause a boat collision and/or become injured while paddling in the middle of a busy boat-filled harbor.
One council member recommended that the situation be studied by the Newport Beach Harbor Commission. And she had a suggestion that has been implemented in Honolulu: Create a special area of the harbor for paddleboarders to operate within -- something like a bike lane on the edge of a busy street.
While striping the harbor like a four-lane highway isn’t exactly practical, the idea of creating a special area for beginning paddleboarders to learn the ropes may have some merit.
However, once paddleboarders become savvy about operating their watercraft in a manner that keeps themselves -- and other harbor users -- safe, there should be no discriminatory restrictions on where these boaters (and, using a strictly legal definition, they are boaters) may operate.