- Cape businessman known for starting NARS dies at 49 (2/23/17)9
- Man shot by police ID'd; witness shares his side of story (2/17/17)31
- MSHP: McLendon shot in side; autopsy refutes witness account (2/19/17)23
- Apparent punch at girls basketball game propels lawmaker into action (2/21/17)4
- Business notebook: Owners ready to roll out the Barrel 131 (2/20/17)6
- Missouri bill would limit transgender school bathroom access (2/22/17)48
- Annual father-daughter dance provides some fun bonding time (2/19/17)1
- SoutheastHEALTH, Washington University School of Medicine announce collaboration (2/24/17)18
- City issues precautionary boil order near Arena Park (2/23/17)
- $22M bond issue would alter Jackson schools (2/22/17)12
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