RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — City council members in Richmond are trying to stall the construction of bike lanes that have been approved on Brook Road.
Council members on Wednesday are expected to meet with local civic associations about the bike lane project. They’re seeking more information on how the lanes will affect residents.
“I’m very concerned about it,” one Richmonder said. “I’m really concerned about the impact of the traffic.”
“Basically, I think it’s a good idea, but when they do put the bike lane in there’s going to be a lot of confusion about how to use them,” another local resident added.
A 3.5 mile stretch of Brook Road would be transformed beginning in 2019, but Richmond City Council members Chris Hilbert and Kim Gray have proposed legislation to put the project on hold.
With new apartments being built in the area and other safety concerns on residents’ minds, they’re looking for more research to be done.
Others, meanwhile, insist the bike lanes can’t come soon enough.
“The emails, the phone calls and petition signatures are coming from people who live here, and they want safe places to ride their bike,” argues Max Hepp-Buchanan with Sports Backers, who supports the project.
Sports Backers believes the project fits Brook Road well and would be accomplished through a ‘road diet’ — removing a travel lane in each direction while maintaining intersections and improving safety.
“it’s overbuilt for traffic,” Hepp-Buchanan added. “You have a lot of residents that live along it. You have commercial corridors along it. It has all of the ingredients for an important bike lane.”
The cost of the project is $1.3 million. City council is planning on holding a public meeting that will take place the second week of September.