Durham cyclists test protected lanes for better safety

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) —  Bike Durham, an organization working to make the area more bike-friendly, set up a pop up cycle track Saturday.

The group is encouraging officials to add protected bike lanes in parts of the Bull City, something East Coast Greenway Alliance says would be a first for the Triangle.

Several cyclists say the sport and means of transportation is gaining more interest, but they’re concerned about safety.

They say cycling in Durham can be dangerous, particularly as greenways in the area expand. Given that, they’d like to see safety measures increase as the volume of cyclist traffic grows.

If added, the lanes would use either planters, parked cars, curbs or posts as a physical divide between bicyclist and drivers while on the road.

Bike Durham says an exact cost for a project of the size is not clear, as it would depend mostly on the type of divider the city may choose to use.

Durham leaders are currently accessing their bike pathways and safety. They plan to take recommendations on the matter and could decide as early as this fall on whether to install the protected lanes across the city.

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