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Heath: The idea of a 2 foot bike way is simply negligent

From: Heath Dotson
Date: Wed, Jan 24, 2018 at 10:25 AM
Subject: DOT plan for Merrimon Ave.
To: kbereis@hntb.commgclark@ncdot.gov

I’m writing to let you know that as a cyclist and resident of Asheville  I oppose the Merrimon widening project as proposed. This was done ignoring the city and DOT’s own joint multimodal policy for new projects. It was also proposed without the city’s input. They are designing this for a 45mph speed which is beyond dangerous. This is also likely to eliminate several local businesses on Merrimon.

The idea of a 2 foot bike way is simply negligent. The agreed upon minimum is 48 inches with a preferred 60 inch right of way. The two foot gutter does not count as a right of way or bike lane. 
 
I highly encourage you to work with the city to correct this and come up with a solution that benefits the city and it’s residents, not just through traffic.
 
Sincerely,

Heath Dotson Head Coach, HD Coaching, HDSports, LLC