More to Debate Than Speed Limits
I have read with great interest the conversations about lowering the speed limits in Pinehurst.
So far, the debate has been focused on the speed of the cars on the roads. Even the recent letter sent from the Village Council seeking feedback is a form with five questions, all focused solely on the speed limit on Pinehurst roads.
Perhaps we could widen the debate to include a discussion about the actual roads. There are no shoulders. There is no place for runners, bikers or walkers to take refuge when they meet a car. If we lower the limits, the issue eases but doesn’t go away. There is still no safe place for pedestrians to go. The roads are very narrow, and there are no shoulders or bike/walking paths.
My husband just bought a bright yellow neon shirt to wear when he runs so cars see him on the roads. Lowering the speed limit won’t make him stop wearing it or worrying about sharing the road with cars. It also won’t make me feel comfortable letting my kids ride their bikes to the neighbors down the street.
I propose we consider a long-term plan to make the city bike/walker/runner-friendly, including seeking sponsorship and other funding possibilities. Then, we may not have to lower the speed limits.
I’d love the opportunity to leave my car at home and walk or bike downtown for dinner or an ice cream.
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