Bike Lanes Must Be Safe

RECEIVED Fri., Sept. 22, 2006

Dear Editor,
    Consistent with your story about the increased safety of bike lanes [“Naked City,” News, Sept. 22], the county must look at the bike lanes on Loop 45 at the south end of MoPac.
    There are two places eastbound and westbound where the bike lane disappears – to make way for left-turn lanes (that are used primarily for U-turns). These places pose substantial risk to bicyclists who literally have nowhere else to go but into the lanes of car traffic. Someone is going to be killed unless this situation is corrected.
    My proposal is to get rid of the left-turn lanes. But another alternative is to reduce the size of the left-turn lanes to allow at least some space for the bike lanes.
    Please bring this issue to the attention of the proper authorities.
Thank you,
Rick Phelan
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