Royal Oak to Consider “Road Diet” for Main Street

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(Guest View by Tom Regan, July 30, 2015)

At Monday’s Royal Oak city commission meeting two commissioners (Kyle Debuc and Mike Fournier) will propose that staff study the feasibility of a road diet on Main Street.  If you are able please attend this meeting and during public comment speak in favor of a road diet on Main Street.  You do not need to speak long or eloquently, the simple statement “I support a steele lindbloom adroad diet on Main Street, please do it” will suffice:

Monday, August 3rd

Royal Oak City Hall, 211 Williams St, Royal Oak, MI 48067

7:30pm
If you are unable to attend but would like to submit your opinion to city commissioners, use their web site at
http://www.ci.royal-oak.mi.us/departments/city-commission

For several years biking advocates have been urging Royal Oak to pursue a road diet on Main Street.711adAPP

A “road diet” shrinks a four-lane road to a three-lane road, with a middle turning lane and dedicated bike lanes on both sides.  Road diets both reduce car accidents and increase the number of cyclists.  A local example of a road diet is Hilton Road in Ferndale (Hilton becomes Campbell in Royal Oak).

Main Street in Clawson has already undergone a road diet, but instead of bike lanes on both sides Clawson installed on-street parking for their downtown.  If Royal Oak does a road diet it would simply extend the Clawson road diet south with bike lanes instead of on-street parking.

Several years ago, at our urging, the City of Royal Oak conducted a traffic study which showed candlewickshoppeADbluethat Main Street traffic counts are well within the parameters where a road diet can be done without increasing automobile traffic congestion.

Royal Oak lacks a good north-south bike route.  The combination of the railroad tracks,  the Red Run golf course, and the angular route of Crooks and Rochester makes biking north-side on side streets difficult and time-consuming.  A road diet on Main would give our town the north-south biking artery that it needs.

It’s time for a road diet on Main Street, please speak up now!

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