I can't speak for all the Bible-thumping, gun-toting, freedom-loving patriots out there. I can speak for myself.
I'm going to weigh in on this Road Diet proposal. This doesn't strike me as a good idea. If I'm misinformed, feel free to enlighten me.
Didn't they just install crosswalk signals, along Carpenter Avenue, last year? How much did that cost the taxpayers? Now, there's talk about spending even more money by narrowing the roadway from five lanes down to three lanes. In order to cover the costs, taxes will get raised.
There have been a few business owners that are for the road diet, for various reasons. I'll make a suggestion. Why don't you put your money where your mouth is and pay for it, instead of passing it along to your customers, whose taxes are going to be raised because of this project?
Since we all know that such things will never happen, consider this. When your customer's taxes go up, they have less money to spend. When customers have less money to spend, they don't shop as much. When customers don't shop as much, business owners lose profits. Can you, the business owners that support the road diet, really afford that?
Some people have said that it would be good for the environment. Others have said that it would bring in business because it would slow the traffic down. Both of these ideas are self-defeating.
If you slow the traffic down, people will start to avoid driving through the area. That won't help anyone's profit margin. As for the environmentally friendly aspect, people are going to avoid driving through the area. This will likely result in people driving even more than they already do, thus negating any environmentally friendly goals.
Some people have said that it would bring in more customers, because it would slow the traffic down. Are you sure about that? I'm pretty sure that a lot of people will avoid the area, altogether, because of the slower traffic. That won't help your profits. It will probably hurt them.
Some people have said that it would be environmentally friendly because it would force people to be more active.
I don't think you'll get the outcome that you're expecting. Nobody likes to drive on congested streets, so a lot of people will avoid driving through the area. This will likely increase the amount of miles that people drive, thus negating any perceived, environmentally friendly gains.
I'll add one more things. I'm a cyclist. I love biking.
I have done quite a bit of biking around Kingsford and Iron Mountain. I'm 25 years old, and Carpenter Avenue has been a five lane roadway for as long as I can remember.
The current setup works pretty well. Carpenter Avenue hasn't posed any problems for me, while I'm biking. However, I do maintain situational awareness while I'm riding.
I also act courteously to the cars on the road. Pulling off to let a car pass by isn't too difficult. There's a lot of other roads, with less traffic, to ride on if Carpenter Avenue scares you, that much.
People of Iron Mountain and Kingsford, do you really want to give your government a reason to raise your taxes?