richard_leeds wrote:Surely residents get passes for free so they can have access to their home even when the roads are closed to the everyone else? They'll be able to zoom down the VIP lanes.
Nope. They were going to do passes, and the residents wanted them. Problem is, they were only going to allow 2 per household where many households have more than 2 drivers needing to go places daily. Residents wanted more, and voiced that need, but COTA didn't want to allow more than 2. Don't really understand why. It's not like there are a lot of people living out there, and Indy allows residents as many parking passes as they like and encourages yard-parking. So instead they prohibited access by foot or by bike.
So now, unless something changes in regard to what residents were told at the last meeting, locals or their visitors who intend to attend the race (yes, there are quite a few) will have to resort to silly measures when they could simply walk, ride a bike, or just be dropped off.
I'm assuming this news also means there will be no camping.
Two simple solutions:
- allow pedestrian and cyclist access at at least one entry point
- (more difficult/expensive) run a shuttle from predetermined points near the track where locals can gather to ride to an entry point.
[I didn't post this info here as I assumed it would be considered off the topic of construction progress, but I assume I can talk about it now since I was quoted above.]
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