Let’s face it: The shoulder of the road isn’t what it used to be.
Nobody feels safe anymore riding a bicycle along the average Newport-Mesa street.
With its high concentration of gigantic sport utility vehicles driven by distracted cellphone users, it’s a hazardous pursuit.
We have a few dedicated bike trails, but they are generally overused, or too challenging for the average recreational rider because they are designed for mountain biking.
There just aren’t many safe places to ride a bicycle in Orange County.
So why is it such a contentious issue that some people want to turn a part of a flood control channel in a Mesa Del Mar neighborhood into a bike trail?