January 29, 2015

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Bicyclists and Motorists Share the Road

MO 6 from Kirksville to Novinger
Pictured above is MO 6 west of Kirksville where the new bike lanes will be added.

Whose road is it, the motorists or bicyclists? Either way, mutual respect is necessary between both. We all need to share the road.

As our world becomes more conscious about being healthy, motorists will encounter more bicyclists and pedestrians because it is a great way to get fresh air and a work out as well. With several bike enthusiasts in the Kirksville area, MoDOT has found a way to make it safer for bicyclists to travel in the area. Four pavement projects are scheduled to be completed in Kirksville this year, and two of them will include marking part of the paved shoulders as bike lanes.

Cyclists travel along Missouri Route 6 to Thousand Hills State Park located west of Kirksville. When it was determined that Missouri 6 would be resurfaced from Business Route 63 in Kirksville west to Novinger, the decision was made to stripe the shoulder as a bike lane.

“We wanted to find a way to make it safer for the motorists and cyclists who were sharing the road,” said Amy Crawford, MoDOT area engineer.

Business Route 63 beginning at Route 6 west by Wal-Mart to the U.S. 63 interchange will also be resurfaced and include the bike lanes.  

“Cyclists, just like most motorists, are not there to inconvenience other users of the road,” Crawford added. “These additions will help ensure traffic continues to flow, and everyone is safer.”

The projects are expected to begin this spring.

Around the District...
Driving simulator at Troy
The Northeast Coalition for Roadway Safety had the opportunity to purchase two driving simulators that will be used in driver's education classes at area high schools. The simulators give students a hands on experience on what it takes to be a safe driver. Pictured above, faculty at Troy try out one of the simulators.

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Marisa Brown-Ellison
Customer Relations Manager
Northeast District


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