Manhattan Beach Pier "Walk your bike"
I've always wondered what the City of Manhattan Beach rules were for setting up the "Walk your bike" sign on the bike path.
I've seen it up during the volley ball tournaments and such and can see why it would be a good idea. But I've also seen the sign up for weeks at a time in the middle of winter when there was no one around.
Well I got an idea of what is going on yesterday on 8-14-2013 when I asked a kid who I saw moving the barrier, who looked about 13, why he was blocking almost the entire path with an 8 foot barrier and the separate "walk your bike" sign. He motioned toward a guy in a wetsuit and said "he told me to". It turned out that the guy in the wetsuit was a camp counselor with the city and he had set up the barrier to protect his campers during their lunch break. Never mind that he had left it up for the entire break rather than just the time the kids were crossing. He also only set it up only on one side of the pier which meant that bicyclist were still riding from the opposite direction. He said his boss told him that he could set up the barrier when he wanted. This hopefully this is not the start of a new trend.
I looked up the Manhattan Beach muni code 14.28.140 and it states that a "public safety officer" was to make the decision if it was necessary to set up the bike walk zone. I also found that the fine is $90 for not walking your bike if the sign is up.