Bike lanes would have been great addition to 108

Published 8:00 am Wednesday, June 27, 2018

I’m still annoyed at the decision to cancel bike lanes on 108 because a group of people spoke up.

• They said “no” to bike lanes because they do not see many cyclists out there. I’m one of those people they don’t see out there because as 108 is now, it is way too dangerous to be riding a bike on those single lanes.

I’d love to have bike lanes on 108. Great exercise, great scenery and a trip between Columbus and Tryon is just the right distance. Their argument is like not giving your tomatoes fertilizer because you don’t see any tomatoes growing on your tomato plants.

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• They said that cyclists ride double, making it difficult for automobile drivers. They ride double for safety so they won’t be knocked over by a car.

Granted, it is annoying to drive a car behind cyclists. However, bike lanes would allow both cars and bikes to be on the road.

• They don’t see that it is worth removing many homes and businesses in exchange for widening the road. I agree with this, but perhaps there is a middle way — do not widen the road, but add bike lanes.

• On the other hand, they said there isn’t enough traffic to warrant widening the road. As the plan was, the widening would not be complete for another six years.

I think we should pay attention to the DOT’s statistics and projections for our area. Traffic has increased since I’ve been here (14 years) and there is no reason it will slow down anytime soon.

Personally, I prefer sidewalks instead of asphalt bike lanes. Sidewalks are safer — frustrated automobile drivers won’t drive on a sidewalk to get around another car, but they will drive on the asphalt bike lane.

With an increase in traffic over the next several years, you will see many frustrated drivers, and I don’t think that is good for Columbus, Lynn or Tryon.

Patricia Roshaven,