As plans for the South Beltway take shape, it’s come to our attention that little comment from cyclists has been heard. Part of the issue is that sections of HWY 77 and HWY 2 are going to be reclassified as freeways, meaning no bikes allowed on the shoulder. What will this do? Well, for cyclists wanting to ride on pavement, it’s going to be difficult and dangerous to get south of town. Alternate roadways in the area don’t have shoulders yet have heavy vehicle traffic, putting cyclists into a much less safe situation. And for cycle-tourists visiting our city, this cuts off a nice access route into Lincoln.
If the planners and government officials don’t hear from cyclists, then our needs won’t be considered. Please, take a moment to share your concerns, and share with others, too!
You can view some proposed alternate routes, courtesy of Brent Davis, here: Proposed Routes for Cyclists – 2013.
Then, please contact the following folks, letting them know cyclists need to be considered in the planning process!
Randy Peters, Director of the NDOR firstname.lastname@example.org
Greg Weinert, NDOR Public Involvement Greg.Weinert@nebraska.gov
Mayor Chris Beutler email@example.com