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Walkabout: Ban Dike Road Parking

Walkabout (RE: Dike Road levee study results revealed): In the CDA Press article discussing the dike road tree removal and changes to parking three options were given: "Continue the parallel parking and add curbs and a sidewalk on the NIC side of the road, modify the dike to add diagonal parking, or finally ban parking altogether." There was no mention in the article that the Centennial trail is also on the dike road and how these changes would affect it. I would ban parking, and limit traffic to emergency and maintenance only, add benches and viewing areas, and add more two hour parking for the public in already available parking areas. Disabled parking near the dike road and wheelchair access would also need to be added. Parking and traffic should be banned from the dike road because there are plenty of other places to park. It is complete waste of a beautiful area to allow cars to park and drive there when it should be recreational area free of the hassle of dealing with speeding and inattentive drivers. (SR file photo for illustrative purposes)

Question: Walkabout may be on to something here. Dike Road (Rosenberry Drive) is horribly congested during the summer -- w/cars, parking, bikes, pedestrians, skaters, roller bladers, joggers, etc. A lot of parking exists nearby. Is it time to open up the road by eliminating parking along the north Idaho College perimeter?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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