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The E-Bike Revolution: A Perfect Storm of Chaos

As the sun-drenched shores of South Walton County continue to attract visitors by the droves, a dark cloud looms over our idyllic paradise: the e-bike phenomenon.

Coupled with our woefully inadequate infrastructure, this burgeoning trend spells trouble for the safety and sanity of our beloved community.

Let's face it: our infrastructure is in dire need of a facelift.

With a backlog of infrastructure projects totaling a staggering hundred million dollars, our roads and pathways are ill-equipped to handle the ever-increasing influx of tourists and residents alike.

And while we could have addressed this issue with a much-needed sales tax increase, thanks to the shenanigans of Suzanne Harris and her band of obstructionists, that ship has sailed.

Enter the e-bike—a seemingly innocent mode of transportation that has quickly become the bane of pedestrians and traditional cyclists alike.

With their silent motors and deceptive speeds, these electric steeds zip along our sidewalks and multi-use paths with reckless abandon, posing a significant safety risk to all who dare to share the road—or sidewalk.

But regulating e-bikes is no easy feat.

Resembling their non-motorized counterparts in appearance, these two-wheeled terrors slip under the radar, evading the long arm of regulation and enforcement.

And with every kid and spring breaker now sporting an e-bike, the situation has reached critical mass.

It's a perfect storm of chaos, with our outdated infrastructure struggling to keep pace with the e-bike revolution.

Sidewalks once reserved for leisurely strolls are now racetracks for e-bike daredevils, while pedestrians scramble for safety.

And as for our multi-use paths? Forget about it.

They've become veritable obstacle courses, with e-bikes whizzing past at breakneck speeds.

So what's the solution?

Well, it's high time we adapt our infrastructure to accommodate this new reality.

Separate e-bike lanes on our roadways and multi-use paths are a must, providing a safe haven for e-bike enthusiasts and traditional cyclists alike.

But let's not forget the role of governance in all of this. It's time for our elected officials to step up to the plate and prioritize the safety and well-being of our community over political posturing and obstructionism.

Suzanne Harris may revel in chaos, but it's up to us to say enough is enough.

The e-bike revolution may have caught us off guard, but it's not too late to take control of the situation. Let's pave the way for a safer, more sustainable future—one pedal stroke at a time.

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