Resident expresses the disconnect that is TC’s Division St.
Division Street remains an issue of interest in Traverse City, to say it nicely. Two months ago, the City Commission reengaged the topic by passing a resolution pledging a solution. Since then, there’s been a meeting between interested parties, the City, and MDOT aimed at finding ways to begin improving this stroad.
The results of that meeting will be presented at an upcoming study session at the City Commission–anticipated for April 23rd.
In the meantime, the concerns of residents and visitors (TW) for a more inhabitable, accessible and calmed street continue. Yesterday, a MyWHaT reader and city resident living on Division St. shared her message to the City Commission with me and with her permission I share with you:
I am writing to you today because of Division St. and 14th St. We moved onto Division last October to reduce our dependence on automobile transportation. Initially, we were surprised by the noise and the speed at which cars travel, but a few months down the line, and I have far greater concerns. (And we really appreciate the efforts made by the City and MDOT to limit noise – our old house no longer shakes!)
As a reporter, I’m now able to walk or bike to the majority of my interviews. The other day, I had an interview just a few blocks from my house at the new location of Kitchen Choreography. The trouble was, the business is located across the street, a four-lane highway. It took me several minutes to cross one way, and I was nearly hit by a speeding motorist. On the way home, I was more cautious and waited nearly eight minutes (at 6p) just to cross the street.
There’s some great coffee over at the Commons, the farmer’s market, wine, cheesecake, restaurants, our favorite bakery, friends, and hiking trails, but to get there puts our lives at risk. I would be working and shopping at the Commons nearly every day, if not for the division created by the aptly named highway. The same is true for 14th. I like to walk to my bank, and to friends’ homes who lives up a few streets from 14th, but again, the lack of pedestrian considerations on that corridor create a virtual barrier.
This week my dog was hit by a car on Division, trying to cross to our favorite park in the world. She was injured, but thankfully survived, though not without an expensive visit to the vet. I now have to consider giving her to another family for fear she will be killed on our street.
However, these reasons are not why I am writing to you today. I am writing because next fall, my child will be attending school at Greenspire (at the Commons). While we can drive, if needed, we would prefer to walk, and yet, I cannot imagine crossing that “street” every day. I live in fear nearly every day that my child or dog or someone else just trying to enjoy this beautiful place will get hurt by speeding motorist. A man was killed in front of our house in December.
Traffic is traveling too fast, and there are not enough safe opportunities for people to cross.
PLEASE move forward with plans to improve pedestrian safety on this road. A roundabout or whatever is needed that will slow traffic and create a safer route of travel. The runners, bikers, dogs, dog-walkers, parents, and children of our City will thank you.
~ Samantha, Division St. resident
Sending get well wishes to Samantha’s dog. Thank you for sharing your letter.
Watch out for more information on the upcoming meeting and, if so inspired, here is the contact information for Traverse City City Commissioners.
- Another round of discussion about Division St.
- Division St. observations: start with low hanging fruit
- City likely to welcome new suburban development, downtown
- Division Street Recommendations (GV)
- Observational walk of Division St. re-cap