Bikin’ and Walkin’ in Royal Oak, Part Deux
Last week, we wrote about efforts by the League of Michigan Bicyclists to promote a “Non-Motorized Transportation Plan” which would create a safer pedestrian and bikeway program in Royal Oak. Check out that post here.
This morning the story was picked up by a slightly more venerable institution — the Detroit news published an article on the issue. Here is a brief excerpt:
Tom Regan calls it “the self-righteous rage” of motorists: the sound of a driver screaming at a bicyclist to get out of the street.
“Around Royal Oak it’s very common for motorists to scream at you to get out of the road and onto the sidewalk. They think they are helping you, but bicycles and cars can share the street. It’s the safest place for me. The motorist is bound to see you when you are in the road,” said Regan, who travels from home to his office on a recumbent bicycle.”
On Monday, Regan and about 40 other cyclists from the Metro Detroit area rode their bikes to Royal Oak to petition the City Commission to develop a safety plan for bicyclists. According to the Detroit News, city commissioners “appointed Regan and two other cyclists to a task force to write up some recommendations.” Also, a meeting between the task force and City Manager Tom Hoover will be scheduled.
The full article, which also discusses efforts to make Ferndale “an excellent example of a bike-friendly community” is available here. The Mirror and and the Daily Tribune have also covered the story.
How do you think we can make Royal Oak a more bicycle and pedestrian friendly city? Or should that not be a priority given the current economic situation? Leave your thoughts and comments!