Before I moved to Charleston in 1975 I lived and worked in a small town near Lisbon. I biked to work every day. I could use residential streets, feeling totally safe. My first home in Charleston was in Somerset Circle in West Ashley, and I never considered going to work at MUSC by bike. If I was 40 years younger, even with bike lanes on St. Andrew’s Boulevard, I wouldn’t do it.
I cannot see how bike riders coming from Folly Road, Savannah Highway and Highway 61 will safely converge to a single lane on the inbound bridge, be dispersed to their destinations and find their way back safely, without causing traffic congestion.
We have read a lot about the effects of closing one lane of the bridge, but that is only one part of the problem, perhaps the simpler to test (without real bicycle traffic).
With due respect for Mayor Joe Riley and your editorialists, I don’t see how this plan can be realistically implemented without causing major traffic disruptions.
I also read that only one mayoral candidate unequivocally supports this plan. It would be wiser to really present the plan before it is pushed down our throats in response to a very small but vocal minority (the bicycle enthusiasts).
Also difficult to understand is the rationale for turning Spring and Cannon streets into two-way streets. How is the traffic flow going to be any better?
The peninsula cannot be transformed into a residential area with snail-paced traffic. There is need for traffic to flow in, out and across, and no arrangement can be better than the existing one. The old adage “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it” should have been applied here.