Letter to the Editor: Plan Would Make Maple 'More Crowded and Slower'
Homeowner predicts increased vehicle detours through neighborhoods if bike lanes are OK'd.
This letter was received by Birmingham Patch Editor Laura Houser and comments on a proposal to eliminate one of Maple Road's four vehicle lanes, the subject of a Feb. 13 public hearing by the City Commission.
I'm very much against the proposal to reduce East Maple Road to three vehicle lanes between Eton Road and Woodward Avenue so that two bike lanes can be added.
Maple, which I use regularly, would become more crowded and slower-moving. Residents living along that one-mile portion of the busy road would have a much harder time pulling out of their driveways with just one eastbound and one westbound traffic lane.
Another certain result would be an unwelcome increase in cut-through traffic on streets in our South Poppleton Park area and other neighborhoods as drivers avoid backups on Maple.
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