Traffic Safety Concerns in Frandor Area

By: Shannon Kantner Email
By: Shannon Kantner Email

Frandor is supposed to be the gateway between Lansing and East Lansing, but some people don't even feel safe traveling there, especially those who prefer to walk or bike.

Yvonne LeFave said she experiences white knuckle cycling during her frequent trips to Frandor.

"There are sidewalks that disappear," LeFave said. "There are curbcuts that stop, and traffic through there, you feel yourself trying to take up less space because you don't feel like you've got it."

LeFave said Frandor is the toughest place to get to on her bike, and she even has to break a few traffic laws on the way. She's not alone. Many people said they'd go there more often if it was more accessible.

"It's like a bottleneck in the middle of this region," Mid-Michigan Active Transportation Coalition member Nancy Krupiarz said. "Bicyclists and walkers are transit users, too. So, you know, we all need to be able to get along in the same corridor."

Krupiarz organized the Frandor Area Non-motorized Summit on Wednesday night. It was a chance for the community to spell out their concerns before the corridor goes through a lot of change next year. There's major construction planned on US-127 South, resurfacing on Michigan and Grand River Avenues, possible major property developments, and a new multimillion dollar drain system because of the polluted run-off from Frandor.

"We're going to move a lot of dirt, and make big piles of dirt, so on and so forth, but we want to do it in a way that doesn't disrupt the shopping," Ingham County Drain Commissioner Pat Lindemann said.

Many want to keep in mind the employees in Frandor, and the thousands of neighbors covering several jurisdictions.

"We'd like it to be a high quality of life for all modes of transportation and everybody that visits here," Krupiarz said. "It's a welcome center for the Lansing area really."

Bicyclists aren't ready to put away their reflective vests yet, but they said the meeting helped.

"It felt empowering to be able to say look, here's where the issues are, right here, on this map," LeFave said. "And to be able to write it out, and propose solutions was a nice step. I don't know how far it will go forward, but we'll see from there."

There were lots of ideas at the meeting, including adding sidewalks and making some parking lots smaller.

They said they hope to hold more meetings, especially as plans possibly move forward for the Red Cedar Renaissance redevelopment.

A main concern of that project has also been transportation. Many hope they can find a way to directly connect Frandor to the Red Cedar property, all while keeping enough green space.

Lansing voters will decide on election day whether City Council is able to sell the remaining 48 acres of the golf course.


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