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Published April 16, 2012, 10:14 PM

Debate heated as Fargo officials discuss bike lane additions

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The decision of whether to put bike lanes down two of North Fargo's major thoroughfares sparked some personal jabs at tonight’s city commission meeting. A heated debate means this issue is far from over.

The decision of whether to put bike lanes down two of North Fargo's major thoroughfares sparked some personal jabs at tonight’s city commission meeting. A heated debate means this issue is far from over.

Originally, when this construction project on 10th street was to be completed, there were going to be bike lanes on the left side of the street and University Drive north of 12th Avenue to 19th avenue. One city official made it known today that he thinks it is an absolutely ridiculous idea.

Commissioner Dave Piepkorn says he has received more negative feedback from the public about this issue than any other, ever.

Dave Piepkorn – Fargo City Commission: “Those are our only north-south arterials through the whole city. To shove something on there is incredibly wrong.”

Those in the public against the bike lanes continued their boisterous opposition:

Wade Savageau – Against Bike Lanes: “The bikes don't belong in moving traffic on our streets.”

Nancy Shappell – Against Bike Lanes: “If I hit a pothole or anything happens where I'm in someone's blind spot, I am dead meat.”

Not everyone is against the idea.

Aaron Feickert – NDSU Student: “I would really hate it if the commission was legislating by gut feeling when gut feeling may be incorrect in this case.”

After all the sparks, everyone agreed; voting unanimously to direct staff to continue its research and report back to the commission before June 25th.

Brad Wimmer – Fargo City Commission: “I think the decision is needed. I'll proceed to bike that and evaluate it. I’ve got my tandem, I'll bring the Mayor and put him on my back.”

Regardless of this outcome, the police department is set to start filming public service announcements about bike lane safety next month. The actual striping of the streets, bike lanes or no bike lanes, is scheduled to be completed this fall.

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