New bike lanes and floating parking causing confusion on Franklin Street

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — New bike lanes and floating parking debuted along Franklin Street in Richmond and it has caused confusion. 

In designated areas, motorists are able to park their car in the left lane.

Today, workers were out installing new signs hoping people take note of the difference. 

8News spoke with locals about the new bike lanes and floating parking spots on Franklin Street. 

“Getting everybody to understand where they’re allowed to be, where they’re not allowed to be and looking out for each other is most important. I’m glad the sign is here but I wish it was bigger,” said Marna Bales, a Richmond resident. 

8News spent a few hours on Franklin Street and came across one vehicle taking advantages of the spots. 

Multiple cars drove around while others stopped directly behind before realizing it wasn’t going to move. 

“Parking is always optimal and hard to find and I work around the corner and would totally use this,” said Bales. 

Ted Clarke, a Richmond resident, spoke to 8News about using the parking spots for his job at Quickness RVA. 

“We drive through these streets a lot, right around here. Before you could get around but traffic is a lot of times very willing to share the road. So, having a specified area is really good to have,” said Clarke. 

No parking is allowed from 7 a.m. until 9 a.m. in the spots during the week and the blocks with yellow barriers do not allow parking. 

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