Letter to the editor: Lowering speed limit on Andrews Store Road

BY MADDIE SPARROW
Posted 3/24/21

To the Editor:

When driving down Andrews Store Road on a beautiful Sunday morning, you can see multiple cyclists riding and doing their best to make it up the very steep hill.

Cycling is a very …

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Letter to the editor: Lowering speed limit on Andrews Store Road

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To the Editor:

When driving down Andrews Store Road on a beautiful Sunday morning, you can see multiple cyclists riding and doing their best to make it up the very steep hill.

Cycling is a very popular activity, and is often done on secondary roads on which the speed limit is very high. These roads are also lacking in shoulder space, making it difficult to pass bicycles in a car. Andrews Store Road, the road that so many cyclists choose to ride on for connections from Manns Chapel to U.S. Hwy. 15-501, is regulated by a speed limit of 55 mph for many stretches. When cars traveling at high speeds unexpectedly encounter a cyclist as they crest a hill or round a curve, both the drivers and cyclists are placed in a dangerous and potentially fatal situation.

The new developments on Andrews Store Road increase the concentration of cars, which correlates to a higher risk for cyclists. In order to protect the cyclists who choose to ride on the lovely forested road of Andrews Store and the many drivers coming out of the neighborhoods and schools on said road, the speed limit must be lowered from 55 mph to 45 mph.

Maddie Sparrow
10th grader, Woods Charter School

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