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Riders, drivers asked for comment on Raleigh bike lanes

Posted January 14

— The City of Raleigh will install at least 27 miles of marked, on-road bicycle facilities during the next two years. Some of the related projects may involve changes to travel lane configurations and on-street parking patterns. The design process is underway, and residents are invited to learn more and share input during the following public meetings:

Monday, Jan. 27 from 5-6 p.m., before the BPAC Meeting
Raleigh Municipal Building, Council Chamber
222 West Hargett Street, Raleigh, NC 27602
All projects will be featured

Tuesday, Jan. 28 from 4-7 p.m., presentation at 6 p.m.
Five Points Center for Active Adults Ballroom
2000 Noble Road, Raleigh, NC 27608
Featured Projects: Ashe Ave., Athens Dr., Dixie Trl./Lake Boone Trl., Fairview Rd., Gorman St., Hillsborough St.

Wednesday, Jan. 29 from 4-7 p.m., presentation at 6 p.m.
John Chavis Memorial Park Media Center
505 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Raleigh, NC 27601
Featured Projects: Cabarrus St., East St., Garner Rd., Martin St., Tarboro St., Salisbury St., South Wilmington St.

Thursday, Jan. 30 from 4-7 p.m., presentation at 6 p.m.
Millbrook Exchange Park Room #2
1905 Spring Forest Rd, Raleigh, NC 27615
Featured Projects: Durant Rd., Forest Pines Rd., Glen Eden Dr., Spring Forest Rd., Strickland Rd., Wakefield Plantation Dr.

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  • nagent99 Jan 20, 11:55 a.m.

    The Town of Cary spent hundreds upon thousands of dollars to paint bicycle lanes on the streets. While they look "cute", they were a complete waste of the taxpayers money. The majority (not all) of the cyclists continue to ride across the width of the driving lane, making it difficult to pass. The paint is beginning to fade, so although the bicycle lanes are pointless, but pretty, I'm sure the Town of Cary will spend a ton of money to repaint the lanes soon.
    Now I live near Falls Lake in Raleigh. The vehicle lanes are curvy, making it difficult to see what is ahead. While some cyclists have the courtesy to move into a single file as you approach, most do not. Everyone takes their lives in their hands.
    Why not take the Town of Cary's bicycle lanes as a model of failure? Rather than invest in a hobby why don't we take the monies and invest them in education, and by education, I mean public schools (not additional grant money for privileged families who can afford private).

  • Trekker Jan 15, 9:17 a.m.

    “If Bicycle riders want to ride our roads, they need to be courteous towards the drivers of cars.”

    Sorry but if cyclists want to ride the road all they need to do is obey traffic laws, same as motorists but I would think it would not be too much to ask that cyclists and drivers be courteous towards each other.

  • Trekker Jan 15, 8:56 a.m.

    “They need to tag bicycles, require insurance for bicycles, inspect bicycles and make the bike owners pay personal property taxes so that bike rides pay their fair share towards road maintenance just like car owners.”

    Yup, we all know that cyclists don’t own cars and pay taxes. I pay taxes on three vehicles, consider that my “fair share”.

  • jsmith15 Jan 14, 7:16 p.m.

    I am a cyclist living in Wake that rides through Wake/Johnston/Chatham counties on rural roads. I find that if you use common sense and pay attention to your surroundings that most drivers will not bother you. In fact most are courteous and give you room when you are in a tight area. That said, I cringe when I am riding and see large groups ( I usually ride with 3 or 4 people) that take over a whole lane and back up traffic.

    It is no wonder that drivers get frustrated with cyclists. A little common sense and courtesy will go a long way for both groups.

    Ride safe and drive safe and give each other the appropriate room and we will not need a separate lane.

  • ConservativeVoter Jan 14, 7:09 p.m.

    Bicycle drivers are their own biggest enemies.

    I have no problems with Bicycle drives riding along the right side of the road or in the bicycle lane.

    The problem is when a group of bicycle riders fill up the entire lane blocking car traffic.

    Then they get offended when car riders pass them in the other lane and honk at them or flip them off for backing up traffic by being uncourteous and blocking the entire lane.

    If Bicycle riders want to ride our roads, they need to be courteous towards the drivers of cars.

  • sophiesdad Jan 14, 5:24 p.m.

    We have the bike lanes on Anderson Drive...cars park in the lanes, so it is difficult for a biker to go 50' without swerving out into the road...garbage pickup is also fun to watch because most put their cans in the bike lanes.....a big waste of taxpayer's money....go bike in the park.

  • camperzsale Jan 14, 5:06 p.m.

    Bike lanes or not, it will never stop the ones who insist on riding on the busy, two lane country roads. I do my best to avoid them because they have that right to be out there. But I have absolutely no pity when I read stories of bikers that are hit, dragged, bumped off the road etc. You take that chance when you do stupid stuff and there are consequences. Unless the driver of the car if drunk, they usually won't be charged.
    I have seen one bike rider eat a ditch north of Creedmoor road when two pickups hauling trailers just could not get over. He was ok, but he ripped his leotards up the back.

  • ConservativeVoter Jan 14, 5:06 p.m.

    They need to tag bicycles, require insurance for bicycles, inspect bicycles and make the bike owners pay personal property taxes so that bike rides pay their fair share towards road maintenance just like car owners.

  • beef Jan 14, 4:09 p.m.

    "Out here when there is a John Deer tractor traveling our country roads that develops a line of cars, the farmer too, pulls over to allow the cars pass. Why not the groups of cyclists do the same?"

    I have been riding bikes on back roads in wake and frankin county for over a decade. I try to stay out of the way of people who are trying to get somewhere for work, I dress like a normal person and act neighborly toward others on the road. I have never had a problem. Now every weekend we have self-absored swarms from Chapel Hill in coior-coordinated tighty-tights gleefully blocking traffic and flipping off the locals. They revel in being the worst ambassadors for bicycling . I hate it.

  • rmadry Jan 14, 4:00 p.m.

    If the city planners' goal is to slow down the automobile traffic to the point that their light rail folly makes some remote sense, then downgrading the speed limit on major arteries, adding bike lanes, and creating traffic hazards such as the mess on Hillsborough Street is doing a good job. If their goal is to allow the 99.9999 percent of us who drive automobiles to get where we need to do with minimal hassle, then these downgraded speed limits, bike lanes and changes to major arteries such as Hillsborough Street make no sense at all.

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