More bike lanes slated for West Ashley

A portion of busy St. Andrews Boulevard in West Ashley will be getting designated bicycle lanes, probably early next year, a collection of city, county and state officials announced this morning.

The plan — with an initial price tag estimated at $133,000 — calls for painting bike lanes on both sides of the boulevard, in most cases between the driving lanes and the parking lanes.

The bike lanes would run from approximately Sycamore Avenue to Wesley Drive. Cyclists already have the right to ride on the boulevard, or the adjacent sidewalk, but the bike lanes are expected to improve safety.

Local cycling advocates called the plan a welcome, incremental step in improving safe cycling conditions in Charleston.

The Charleston Transportation Committee, made up of municipal and county representatives who decide how to spend state gasoline tax money for pedestrian and cycling projects, approved the plan Monday night.

Read more in Wednesday's editions of The Post and Courier.