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Reader Opinion: Bike lanes on South Sixth

The Brainerd City Council will conduct a workshop on the rebuilding of South Sixth Street, the meeting will be at the city hall at 6 p.m. Monday. Minnesota Department of Transportation project representative Jim Hallgren will be attending this me...

The Brainerd City Council will conduct a workshop on the rebuilding of South Sixth Street, the meeting will be at the city hall at 6 p.m. Monday. Minnesota Department of Transportation project representative Jim Hallgren will be attending this meeting. You can contact Mr. Hallgren at 828-5797 to express your opinion but you should also attend this meeting; your tax dollars will be spent on this project.

Minimum city tax dollars should be spent on this project; the city is broke and cannot afford necessary upgrades to the city infrastructure. They must not be allowed to spend your dollars to include bike trails or beautification such as trees or islands to separate bikes from the traffic.

A state paved trail already exists on the old railroad grade that meets all needs of the special interest bikers, this trail also keeps them separated from the traffic.

Bike lanes were added to the Willow Street project and have little or no use by the bikes and are a hazard to traffic.

They are also considering adding bike lanes to the 13th Street rebuild; these bike lanes will take away the parking in front of your house or business. It is also very unsafe to mix this type of trail with traffic on a main thoroughfare. The state trail already existing could also carry this bike traffic and is already paid for.

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It is time for voters to step out and be heard, attend this meeting.

Daryl Bahma

Brainerd

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