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Bay St. Crossing At Division St. Closed For Today/Tomorrow

UPDATE: Correction to headline/content added 9:50am to reflect correct dates.

The advanced notice along the TART Trail going east along Bay St. by Traverse City Light and Power is most appreciated. Seldom do we see notice for pedestrians and bicyclists as we approach construction zones, however, there is one thing slightly off about this sign’s message.

Anyone? … Want to take a guess?

observation & photo via Bill Palladino

Again, great job to TCLP on the crosswalk at Bay and Division St. and kudos for the public service announcement (below) that went out yesterday that announces that the Bay St. crosswalk will be closed through Labor Day weekend  Friday Sept. 2, but will not impact east west travel on the trail or crossings of Division and Grandview. Only the route to and from the Dairy Lodge is impacted. The crosswalk will be open this weekend. 

And, as far as the sign goes, it’s a subtle bias and perspective that shines through often. The hint: bicyclists do have another choice, albeit it isn’t for everyone…Anyone? 



Bikers and pedestrians should be aware that Traverse City Light and Power’s contractor, Molon Excavating, Inc. will be closing the north/south pedestrian crossing on bay street, west side of division street, beginning august 31 through approximately September 2. An alternate route using Randolph Street and Cedar Street is available and is marked with signs. All bike and pedestrian crosswalks across Division Street and across Grandview Parkway will remain open and not be affected.

Unfortunately, this construction will generate dust, noise and cause inconvenience. We would like to thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation.

Please contact Glen Dine, chief engineer, at 932-4551, if you have any questions, comments or concerns about the work or our schedule.

  1. Max
    September 1, 2011 at 8:45 am

    Aside from the fact that Cedar never crosses Division? The word “must” is a bit out of place, that’s probably what you mean. I suppose if a cyclist is feeling suicidal they could ride on Division. And I’m sure there are other routes too, even for pedestrians. Why even put the word “must” in there, it’s not needed to convey the message.

  2. September 1, 2011 at 8:59 am

    “Suicidal” is a little strong. Riding on Division is legal and a quick way to get north-south. It is, however, very aggressive and can be highly uncomfortable depending on the time of day. In short doses, like riding from Bay St. to the Dairy Lodge, it need not be perceived as suicidal. Take the room you need and be smart, confident.

  3. Jessica
    September 1, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Gary, thank you for helping spread the word regarding the closing of the Bay Street pedestrian/bicycle crossing. I did want to point out that the crossing is scheduled to be closed through September 2 and should be open for the Labor Day weekend. Thanks again for your help. Your efforts are much appreciated.

    Jessica, TCLP

  4. rob
    September 1, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Now you want perfect grammar used on signs? Can’t people think on their own anymore? Little picky imho.

  5. Max
    September 2, 2011 at 9:12 am

    Words have power, rob.

  6. rob
    September 2, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    So does the human brain…if people remembered how to use them.
    I’m not on either side here, it’s just a generalization that thinking for yourself and being responsible anymore seems to be to hard for most folks to handle.

  7. Max
    September 6, 2011 at 10:10 am

    Thinking about things seems to be exactly what’s happening here. This isn’t about perfect grammar, it’s about word choice. Word choice on official signage affects people’s attitudes and behavior. It’s silly to think we all exist on individual islands of personal responsibility with no responsibility to one another and society. What’s wrong with having consideration for how word choice might affect individuals and community as a whole. IDK.

  1. September 7, 2011 at 9:30 am

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