RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The City of Richmond is considering 25 more miles of bikes lanes that would span across 10 corridors.
Bike lanes could be added to busy Semmes Avenue on the city’s Southside and along Williamsburg road through the Fulton Hill neighborhood. There’s also plans to add bike lanes connecting the Virginia Capital Trail to the 17th Street Farmer’s Market in Shockoe Bottom.
“I live in the city, I work in the city, I also ride almost every day on the trails and on the road, so for me being able to get around town on my bicycle and adding more places I can go would be great,” cyclist Andrew Coleman said.
Many cyclists are excited about more lanes, saying there are many streets they don’t feel safe peddling on.”I have a a couple friends who have been hit by cars or had close calls,’ says Coleman.
“I have a couple friends who have been hit by cars or had close calls,” Coleman added.
The plans are part of the city’s bike master plan, an effort to make Richmond more bike and pedestrian friendly.
Other roads that could get bike lanes include parts of Brook Road, Government Road and a portion of Patterson Avenue.
Not all cyclists, however, are in favor the proposal. The cost of the project is $1.36 million dollars which will be funded through a mix of city, state and federal funds.
“Tax dollars going to build bikes lanes when teachers and police aren’t getting paid what I think is a fair share, and I’m an avid cyclists,” Mickey Turner told 8News. “To spend money on that, I don’t much care for that.”
Cyclists who do support the plans hope the lanes have some sort of curbing or buffer to protect them from traffic.
If you want to weigh in on the bike lane proposals, there’s a meeting Tuesday, November 22 from 5-7 p.m. at the Main Library on Franklin Street.
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