By Kenneth J. Meyer
PLEASE LET SANITY PREVAIL!
After an experiment on Michigan street that has proven to be not much more than a major inconvience to motorists,
It is time to allow sanity to prevail and ELIMINATE the special painting for bicycle lanes.
(I am very glad the city used low cost paint that has not weathered well!)
I travel Michigan street on an almost daily basis, And can count on ONE HAND the total number of bikers seen
out in the painted center of the roadway bicycle lane. (Not counting the special bike events when many hundreds of bikers
are in the area)
Most all school age kids on bikes use the SIDEWALK on the north side of Michigan street, NOT the painted bike lanes out
in the traffic lanes.
A MUCH BETTER solution for bicycle events would be for the city to pass or modify city ordinances to allow special
marking of streets for special bicycle events, And to purchase (Or better yet, Have the sponsors of bike events purchase)
special "no vehicle parking allowed" cones and barricades to create special bike lanes just on the days of bike events.
It makes no sense to paint the roadway for special bike events that only happen a few days a year, And force motorists
to have no parking on one side of the road, And force vehicles across the centerline of the roadway to hammer
tires and suspension on uneven manhole covers.
Allow normal vehicle traffic for the 360 or so days a year there are no special bike events, And then allow
temporary barricades for bike events on those special bike event days only.
I fully support bicycles as a mode of transportation, And support and encourage the creation of special bike paths WELL OFF
the traveled portion of roadways designed and built for motor vehicle traffic. Install paved bike paths out near the
roadway edge of right of way.
I would appreciate your printing this message out and using it as written testimony at the upcoming hearing on this subject.
Kenneth J Meyer
Sturgeon Bay, WI