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Debate Over H Avenue Bike Lanes Continues
CEDAR RAPDS (CBS 2/ FOX 28) --For the past week, Randel Dopp has stood on his front lawn every day.
"I watch the traffic and watch the chaos," Dopp said.
He's keeping an eye on who's going up and down H Avenue-- mainly those on two wheels instead of four.
"A bicyclist ran a red light, he said. I heard the squealing tires from a car that was going north. He almost got clipped."
And after only being open for one week, he says they're causing congestion on an already busy street.
"It took us seven minutes to get out of our driveway because the traffic was backed up," said Dopp who lives on H Avenue.
The city says the changes have sparked debate from many residents.
"More congestion than usual in that area, difficulty pulling out of driveways, some confrontation with cyclists," said Ron Griffith, public works traffic engineer.
The city says the lanes will provide an easy path to local bike trails.
"Its for people that want to bike to work, people that want to bike to the store, bike to restaurants, bike to school, Griffith said.
While some say the new bike lanes are causing confusion, others say they're signs of relief.
Gregory Courtier rides his bike with his granddaughter every day.
"I have a designated area that I am told it's okay to be in, that works for everybody, not just the biker but the driver too, Courtier said.
An explanation people like Randel just don't buy and plan on fighting all the way.
"I need to get my neighbors rounded up to try to get our voices heard a little more," Dopp said.