LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Proposed solution lacks merit

Aug 14, 2012

Residents of both subdivisions are on the north or west side of the road in question, and would be required to cross the road, which has a 55 mph speed limit, to use such a bike path.

Regarding her position that the residents on 168th and the two subdivisions “have been waiting years for a bike path, and have a need and not a want,” I suggest that Mrs. Sluka consider the residents along West Spring Lake Road on both sides of the bridge, and note that their desire stems from a genuine need for a safe crossing for bicycle riders of all ages — some of whom tow child trailers, and pedestrians, some of whom push baby joggers, when using the bike path.

Currently, it is necessary to use the roadway to get from one side of Jerusalem Bayou to the other. The road surface descends from both directions toward the bridge, making it difficult, if not impossible, to cross the bridge without incurring motor vehicle traffic. This constitutes a significant safety issue.

A motorist coming from either direction is not able to see someone at the bottom of the hill until they are beyond the crest of the hill. Thankfully, the Spring Lake Township Board is well aware of this, and plan to resolve it and complete the last remaining gap around Spring Lake for the benefit of all who use this gem to which we all have access.

— Jim Burke, Spring Lake Township

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