- Deputies: Man, woman tried to arrange killing of his estranged wife (5/21/17)1
- Cape fines contractor $1,100 a day for street-project delays; contractor blames utility relocations (5/18/17)13
- Former coroner convicted of felony theft now faces prison in misdemeanor case (5/23/17)2
- Cape police say man assaulted, kidnapped girlfriend (5/21/17)2
- Mississippi County sheriff fights efforts in court to remove him from office (5/21/17)4
- Cape man accused of shooting a woman in Jackson (5/21/17)
- Business notebook: Woman, sister-in-law buy Perryville custom-wear shop (5/22/17)
- Attorney general seeks bond revocation for embattled sheriff (5/17/17)3
- Broadening horizons: Heartland Dream Team founder stays committed to area youth (5/21/17)2
- Revival of Oran police board urged amid timecard fraud, nepotism allegations (5/17/17)4
I've heard complaints about bicycles on Route W for a long time. So I was happy the city widened it since it's a feeder route to the bike path. However, I was not happy that MoDOT cut the rumble strips -- a major problem when trying to control a bicycle. Worse yet, the remaining shoulder is now off limits. It's too narrow to fight gusting crosswinds, make a one-handed turn signal and deal with the windblast from passing vehicles. To survive this danger, a bicyclist has to ride a foot to the left so they don't fall in.
Why does MoDOT discriminate against American-made, street legal, human-powered modes of transportation when some of us are just trying to get to work? It's the same on U.S. 61, which is a nationally designated bike route -- the Mississippi River Trail. Other states do a better job at construction of bicycle-friendly roads. Ohio has six inch rumbles separated by six foot gaps. It would be better to have no rumbles at all, or else have a minimum shoulder width that bikes can operate in legally.
Let's all write the new director of MoDOT and change this rumble madness.
ANDY WALKER, Cape Girardeau