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Thursday, February 11, 2010

I just found out that the City will be holding a public meeting regarding the resurfacing of Dewey Avenue (including restriping) on February 25, at 7:00 PM, in the Aquinas High School Cafeteria. The project involves resurfacing Dewey from Driving Park up to Eastman Avenue, which is north of Ridge Road.

The community charrette for this area currently calls for bike lanes along the entire length, but a charrette is only a plan, and it will be up to the community to hold the City's feet to the fire and actually put them in the project. This is an excellent chance for bicyclists to make known their demands for bike lanes- and this would be a lane along a very long stretch of major thoroughfare. It enacted, it would undoubtedly be the longest and most useful bike lane in the County.

I plan on attending, but it would be great if we could get a bunch of cyclists there to advocate for the lanes. Some merchants may speak out against them, believing that they the lanes will interfere with their parking (it won't) or that narrowing Dewey from 4 lanes to three will hurt their businesses (it is likely to INCREASE their business). The more cycling advocates speaking out, the better.

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