A public forum on lane striping for bicycles & vehicles along Michigan Street in Sturgeon Bay, from 1st Avenue to Highway 42/57, brought out a number of individuals interested in offering their input on how best to configure the busy roadway. The proposed changes could impact the widths of travel lanes, the amount of bike lanes, &, the number of on-street parking spaces. Marty Olejniczak, City Community Development Director, said the turnout at city hall was very good…[audio:http://wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/N1389.mp3|titles=Marty Olejniczak]
Olejniczak said the next step in the process will happen on the city council level…[audio:http://wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/N1390.mp3|titles=Marty Olejniczak]
While no action was taken during the forum, it was clear that some aldermen were not sure Michigan Street was the proper route to funnel bicycle traffic. They & other aldermen will be able to make their views known during Tuesday’s meeting of the city council.
Sarah Gaskell, Planning Director for the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin spent time talking with many of the visitors to the forum. She said Sturgeon Bay has so much potential for the bicycling public, making it critical that the proper plan for Michigan Street is implemented…[audio:http://wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/N1391.mp3|titles=Sarah Gaskell]
Gaskell was very pleased with the turnout at the forum & noted that every effort was made to provide participants with solid information to consider…[audio:http://wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/N1392.mp3|titles=Sarah Gaskell]
While Gaskell is based in Madison, she has made several trips to Sturgeon Bay & Door County in recent months, first in connection with the Safe Routes to School program &, most recently, in working with Door County to develop a county-wide bicycling program.