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Concerned for children riding bikes to school PDF Print E-mail

Letter to the Editor:

I am concerned for the safety of the children riding their bikes to the Northland Pines schools in Eagle River.

When nice weather came about, late this spring, children were anxious to ride their bikes to school, as well as we adults wanting to do outside activities.

The speed limit is 15 mph entering the school property, which no one adheres to. Along with the parents in a hurry to get their children to school and ignoring the speed limit, there were several bicyclists, all young children, weaving in and out of traffic. Among the traffic are about 20 school buses bringing in students. They have to dodge all the chuck holes and bad pavement to get where they are going. Guess what? So are all the vehicles.

There is nowhere for the children to ride safely from the end of the sidewalk at the start of the south end of the school entrance on Pleasure Island Road.

Think about it people. Northland Pines schools are such an asset to this community, but the city council seems to always find an excuse to not fix the rest of the road and make it safe for our children to ride their bikes to school.

Oh, by the way, children should come first before bike trails from other areas or other activities that the council is involved with. Hats off to Jerry Burkett for getting the road work done in front of the high school.

The city doesn’t need a lawsuit on their shoulders if a child is hit on Pleasure Island Road. They should take care of it before a tragedy does occur. Cheap insurance, wouldn’t you think?

Pat Kenny

Eagle River

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 12:59 PM

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