Expected Increase in Cyclists Reduces Speed Limit on US-31 in Petoskey
Parts of US-31 in Petoskey now have a reduced speed limit in preparation for an expected increase in cyclists. It’s the second year this change has been made.
A section of the Little Traverse Wheelway bike trail collapsed due to shoreline erosion and Spokesperson of The Michigan Department of Transportation, James Lake said they needed a solution for cyclists. “We noticed a lot of the users of that path choose to take an alternate route up to US 31 and that increase in traffic raised some concerns,” he said.
The new speed limit signs are up and MDOT will also paint cross hatches on the corner of the road and install additional signage to warn drivers. “Drivers have a little more time to react,” said Lake. “If they were to come across cyclists they were not expecting to see, it gives them more time to react and pass by them safely.”
MDOT will also From Blackbird to Resort Pike Road, it’s now 45 miles per hour, and from there, 40 miles per hour to Eppler. “That’s a positive development for cyclists in northern Michigan,” said Eric Cox, sales associate with Latitude 45 Bicycles and Fitness. “It’s a little bit of a dangerous stretch on a us highway like that so reducing the speed limit makes it safer for everybody including the motorists.”
Bike sales have been up, and the trail is expected to see more cyclists this year. “A lot of bike sales, especially with the warm weather we had in early March, and that just seems to be following through as we get into April here,” said Marc Collier, sales associate with Latitude 45 Bicycles and Fitness. “So it seems to be full steam ahead for the cycling season.”
These speed limit changes will continue until the end of October.