- Golden Corral coming to Cape; may hire 100 workers (7/21/16)8
- Arrest warrants filed for six drug suspects in Cape (7/19/16)6
- Area groups working together to reintroduce elk in Missouri (7/18/16)1
- Pincksten's newest renovation project: 328 S. Spanish St. (7/17/16)6
- Suspect in downtown Cape shooting ID'd in court (7/20/16)2
- Trooper-involved homicide case rests in prosecutor's hands (7/17/16)15
- Jackson's former police dog euthanized Monday (7/21/16)1
- Hastings in Cape closing (7/22/16)4
- Governor signs Rep. Swan bill that equalizes child-custody criteria (7/6/16)5
- Jackson roundabout on schedule, on budget (7/19/16)7
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