Raleigh’s popular north-south corridor, St. Mary’s Street and Lassiter Mill Road will be converted to a Northbound One Way street, announced the City Council today. The move is being made to accommodate bike lanes on the thoroughfare.
Planners were unable to resolve conflicts with adding bike lanes to the 24’ wide street. Instead of making the lanes narrower or making the sidewalk work for bikes, planners felt it will work better to remove the southbound lane and convert it to 2-way bike traffic.
City Councilor Thomas Crowder proposed making the street entirely a bicycle thoroughfare, but pulled the resolution when the street’s residents refused to be relegated to always riding a bike to and from their house.
A group of citizens called “The Streets Is Too Damned Narrow” is planning a protest, however. The group plans a Hummer blockade of the street at strategic places to block out the 5 bicyclists per week that use the thoroughfare.
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