LETTER: Re-Striping Stanley Up to Voters, Not Council
To the Editor-
Tori Jennings’ plan for lane conversion and re-striping of Stevens Point streets shows how easily council members can be swayed to agree with re-striping streets and narrowing our traffic flow from two lanes of traffic to one lane of traffic all for the sake of bikers and special interest groups.
Some council members said they had not heard objections to the proposal but neglect to listen to common sense objections of those who elected them. Also, closed-door sessions prior to general council meetings with projects discussed beforehand without public input is unethical.
We do have some city streets striped for bikers, but do you see them being used? Does this justify moving ahead with a project for civic involvement that is seldom used by bikers and favors special interest groups? Don’t forget, we have many months of winter conditions unfavorable to biking.
Traffic is constantly increasing and to reduce traffic lanes is absurd. If you are concerned with safety, then reduce speed limits but do not reduce traffic lanes. Flashing lights on Division St. are quite effective and could be implemented on Stanley St. as well.
Put the question of re-striping on a ballot and let the voters decide if they want the street lanes reduced by striping for the sake of bikers and not for the ease of vehicles. Let the majority decide, not a choice few.
Citizens, attend meetings or call members of the common council to have your voice heard.