As a motorcycle rider, I am saddened and take pause when a fellow rider is killed. The recent death of a biker at State Street and Edgewood in Eagle is sad and tragic. Few details are provided. I drive or ride this intersection every day both during the day and at night. The overhead lighting at these extremely busy intersections should be dramatically improved. One of the cobra head street lights was not even on during a recent evening. I think the posted speed limit in the area is excessive. To make things worse, many exceed the posted speed limit. To have a blinking yellow arrow enabling drivers of all ages and skill levels to dart across two lanes of fast-moving oncoming traffic is a formula for disaster. And now we have one. Westbound traffic should be forced to stop to allow a left turn onto Edgewood. Now life is lost and lives are crushed or in ruin. Slow down and look at least twice for motorcycles, especially after sunset. And bikers should expect the unexpected at all times. Assume that person turning in front of you doesn’t see you. Let’s all make it home safely.
Jay Fishman, Meridian
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