I don’t have a dog in the bike path fight, but I have misgivings about the wisdom of proceeding with the plan to give up one of the lanes on the inbound Ashley River bridge for cyclists. I am in no position to refute the suggestion that delays for motorists on the bridge will be only seven seconds. It occurs to me to ask if that figure really takes into account the inevitable slowdowns that will have occurred before arriving at the bridge.
If creating a bike lane generates more cyclists, they will presumably be coming from Savannah Highway, Folly Road and St. Andrews Boulevard; and if my short daily drive up Ashley Avenue from Broad Street to the Crosstown at 8 a.m. is any gauge, an increased bicycle presence on those major roads used by commuters will certainly result in some significant delays.
Imagine a pack of cyclists stopped at any of the major intersections along these routes and then the slow start-up of a mix of cars and bikes as the lights turn green. If road rage doesn’t occur, then Charleston will rank first in yet another poll. I also would worry about safety for the cyclists on major roads already congested at rush hours.
And do I dare ask how these cyclists would get home at the end of the day? On the same bike path going against traffic once they got off the bridge? Or on the parallel westbound bridge which already has only three lanes?
Perhaps I’ve missed something in all the dialogue, but to me this seems like an honorable intention that should give way to a preponderance of “nay” votes.