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More room for bikes would be a plus

January 30, 2014 - Nikki Younk
The Road Diet. It was a big issue in Norway last year, and it promises to be a big issue in Iron Mountain this year.

According to the editorial that ran in the Jan. 14 edition of The Daily News, a road diet "involves converting an undivided, four lane roadway into three lanes made up of two through lanes and a center two-way left turn lane." The extra road space can be converted into larger shoulders or bicycle lanes.

Iron Mountain's design committee and planning commission are currently looking for public input on giving the Carpenter Avenue corridor a road diet.

Although I have my doubts about the whole road diet issue, I have to admit that it does have some positive features.

First and foremost, there absolutely needs to be more room for bicycles on our roads. Since winter began, there have been two instances in which I came frighteningly close to hitting a bicyclist who was traveling on U.S. 2. 

Now both of these bicyclists were wearing dark clothing with no reflective gear and were traveling against the flow of traffic. I'll save the topic of bicycling safety for another blog. Frankly, I don’t care who’s at fault — I do not want to injure or kill anyone.

With bicycles becoming more and more popular as a practical method of transportation in this area, they need their space on the road. A road diet would allow for that space.



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