The Hillsborough Street bike lanes, which were installed in July, have created a love-hate relationship with a lot of local bikers, but the comment period seems to have worked. The Raleigh City Council approved, by a vote of 7-1, to keep the bike lane pilot program going for a bit longer until it can study a few other locations in the downtown area, including Oberlin Road, Clark Avenue and Faircloth Street. If only we could get some of these lanes to come more towards the downtown grid, we'd be in business.
You can find more info on the City of Raleigh's bicycle program over at its website.
Today, the Raleigh City Council approved the recommendation from the City of Raleigh Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission to request an extension from the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) of the temporary bicycle lane markings along Hillsborough Street between Gardner Street and Enterprise Street.
In 2010, cyclists petitioned the City to install striped bicycle lanes on Hillsborough Street. The Raleigh City Council endorsed the bicycle lanes and requested approval from the NCDOT. Approval was given to install temporary bicycle lanes as a pilot project, with an observation period of up to six months. The temporary markings were installed in August of 2011.
The commission received 94 public comments regarding the bicycle lanes and gave citizens an opportunity to comment on the issue during its October 17th meeting. By a vote of 7-1, the commission recommended to extend the pilot period to allow the City to complete several bicycle marking projects in the surrounding area, such as Oberlin Road, Clark Avenue and Faircloth Street.