Hilbert, Gray slowing roll on bike lanes
7/23/2018, 11:31 a.m.
Hit by a hailstorm of opposition, City Council President Chris A. Hilbert, 3rd District, and Councilwoman Kim B. Gray, 2nd District, are no longer in a rush to kill the bike lanes proposed for Brook Road.
Mr. Hilbert has promised that he and Ms. Gray would first hold a joint community meeting on the bike lanes in a bid to better gauge public opinion before their proposal to eliminate them is moved to the full council.
The two council members have yet to announce a place, date and time for the meeting on the proposal they introduced on June 25.
On Tuesday, council’s Land Use, Housing and Transportation Committee continued the Hilbert-Gray proposal to eliminate the bike lanes until the committee’s next meeting in mid-September.
The city’s approved bike master plan calls for installing bike lanes in one traffic lane in both directions on Brook Road from Azalea Avenue to West Charity Street, reducing the lanes for motor vehicles to one on each side of the street.
Since the Free Press first broke the story on the Hilbert-Gray plan to kill the bike lanes, more than 300 people have posted comments on Mr. Hilbert’s Facebook page, with the majority registering support for the lanes.
Supporters see the new lanes as forcing traffic to slow down on Brook Road, which studies indicate carries less traffic than it was built to handle.
However, the plan to kill the bike lanes has garnered support from people concerned that reducing motor vehicle lanes on Brook Road would push more traffic onto already busy Chamberlayne Avenue.