Bike lanes

To the Editor:

It’s wrong folks – just plain wrong!

The 2,600-foot section on the south side of Mt. Vernon Road (from Regions Bank to Ridgeview Road) is currently being widened by 2 feet to accommodate bike lanes at a cost of $163,000 to taxpayers of Dunwoody.  After widening and repaving, new “striping” will reflect 5-foot bike lanes and 11-foot motorist lanes in this area.  The 5-foot bike lanes are totally unnecessary and inappropriate; whereas, the Atlanta Regional Commission has stipulated that bike lanes can be a minimum of 4 feet.  In fact, from Ridgeview Road to our west city line (Lisa Lane), there will not be a 2-foot widening.  After repaving, new “striping” will reflect 4-foot bike lanes and 11-foot motorist lanes in this adjacent area.

Our city Management and Public Works department recommended the 2-foot widening and our city council approved the $163,000 funding.  They approved the inconsistent width of bike lanes on Mt. Vernon and buried the hearing on them in a sidewalk plan meeting.  This should have been a stand alone meeting with citizens given time to closely examine the plan and ample opportunity to openly voice their concerns and or opinions.  By their actions, our council let us know they did not care what we thought.

Looking at the mess being created on Mt. Vernon (i.e. existing curb/gutter removed, some existing sidewalk being removed, trees unnecessarily removed, etc.), it validates that the $163,000 spent on the 2-foot widening is fiscally irresponsible and lacking good common sense.  This is just another example that our council is out of control.  Like previous writers to the Crier have said, “Enough!”

Meredith Carmichael


 

Yield sign

To the Editor:

This comment concerns the yield sign at Nandina Lane, the shortcut from Chamblee Dunwoody to Mount Vernon, in the heart of Dunwoody. Traffic going south on Chamblee Dunwoody universally ignores this yield sign, as though it’s not there, creating a very hazardous situation for northbound Chamblee Dunwoody drivers using the Nandina Lane turn to get into the businesses along this cut through.

The yield sign should be removed or replaced with a stop sign and enforced by Dunwoody police.

Peter Booth


 

New Kroger

To the Editor:

In our last Dunwoody Crier there was an article about the remodeled Kroger store in the Georgetown Shopping Center.  Today, I went to visit the new store, and it is outstanding! —We live a tad closer to the Jett Ferry Road Kroger, but as I told my wife, “Aggie, from now on anytime you say, ‘let’s go to Kroger’ I will head for the Georgetown Kroger.”   As a man, I am not normally enthused about a visit to a grocery store; however this new Kroger is really worthy of a visit. It is amazing.

Bill Hackaday

(2) comments

jseconder

All of the city's plans: Comprehensive Land Use, Master Transportation, Dunwoody Village, Georgetown and Parks -- clearly spell out the residents desire to make Dunwoody more walkable and bikeable -- providing people a choice in short trips. I don't want to stop anyone from driving in their car. Georgia Bikes did a scientific poll through the University of Georgia last year that found that nearly 80% of adults would ride a bike IF they could do so safely. Dunwoody has a "Complete Streets" policy, which states when we are building or repairing our roads -- ALL users of the streets will be accommodated when practicable. That means doing what the city has been doing: Retrofitting bike lanes and installing sidewalks. We only have 12 square miles, and linking each note is about 2 or less miles apart: Georgetown, Dwy Village, Jett Ferry, Perimeter. 2 miles at a VERY slow pace takes less than 15 minutes on a bike. At this rate, in another few short years the city will have built a contiguous network of bicycle lanes and trails. As these segments are connected, you'll see an explosion of people - families, senior citizens, kids -- out on bikes in our city.

References:

http://georgiabikes.org/index.php/resources/35-georgia-resources/175-2011-survey
http://www.completestreets.org/webdocs/policy/cs-ga-dunwoody-policy.pdf

Becky McCahan

I have to disagree with Ms. Carmichael regarding her views on the improvements underway on the 2,600 foot south-side strip of Mt. Vernon Road. I think some people do not want change weather it be good or bad. As someone who travels that stretch of road at least twice a day every week day, I think the current improvement plan it is long overdue. It was unsightly and had been poorly maintained (neglected, really) for at least the past 10 years. It has been a terrible bottleneck for years and was in dire need of functional improvement and clean-up. That it might be tasteful or even beautiful (retaining many of the healthy trees) when it is done is a bonus. Further, I think the plan to provide safer bike routes is also needed on several of our roadways and that it is worth the money to do it, I appreciate my tax contribution being put to use to make the roads safer for all those who must travel them.

My two cents.

Becky McCahan.

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