MLK Bike Lane Completed in Time for Busy February Bike Season

bike-lanesIn the last couple of weeks, more than likely you have been headed down MLK and suddenly realized you needed to cut over immediately, or be forced to turn onto Syracuse. MLK has added a much needed bike lane, which has caused parts of MLK to turn into a two lane street instead of a three way street, part of which is a section right next to Quebec. “It kind of threw me off,” said driver Michael Cox. “I drive the same route every day, and all the sudden there were these cones, and I had to move over to merge. It was kind of crazy. Maybe they could have picked a better time for the project than in the dead of winter when it gets dark early, and there was very little warning.”

For many residents, the bike lanes are an exciting change. “I’m not a biker,” explains Cindy Posekany. “But the bike lanes will hopefully slow traffic down, or possibly even lesson traffic. Maybe drivers will choose a different route now.” Cyclist Steve Hall is very excited about the bike lanes. “I wish they were wider, actually,” says Hall. “When our team goes for rides with all of our similar or same biking gear on, we could use more space. So, the lane they have now is a start, but I’m still going to push for wider lanes.” Biker Sandy Buchan could do without the lanes. “Most of MLK has wide sidewalks bikers can use,” says Buchan. “And if you are riding with 15-20 other people, is MLK really the best place to go? I mean, it’s not the Tour de France.”

Other bikers think the bike lane could actually be more dangerous to bikers. “MLK, Quebec, and CPB don’t exactly have a history of safe drivers,” says Owen Hoffman. “So, when you put that bike lane there, it is encouraging bikers to ride there. I can tell you now, I don’t think I’ll be taking advantage of that lane anytime soon.” For drivers, it is more of an annoyance than anything else. “I’m not sure if it will be better for bikers or not,” says Cox. “But, for drivers, when you turn off of Quebec, of you are in that outside turning lane, you have to work over pretty darn fast, and that could cause some accidents.”

City engineers say the lane was put in place because “that’s what Stapleton residents wanted.” “We had requests from the community, and assumed those that were asking for it, represented the rest of the neighborhood,” said city engineer Eric Street. “So, we do our best to satisfy Stapleton folks.” Engineers went on to say that they wanted to make sure the lanes were completed, as February and March are typically very busy bike seasons.

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