Uptown Charlotte has new, bright green bike lane

Published: Jun. 21, 2012 at 9:51 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 21, 2012 at 9:51 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Uptown Charlotte has a new bike lane that's hard to miss.

The city just installed a bright green bike lane that's painted onto 4th St. at the intersection of College St.  The lane runs for about half a block, and gradually leads cyclists from the shoulder of the road on 4th St. to the middle of the road, in between the turning lane and the lane that continues straight ahead to cross College St.

"I think it's great because it really stands out, you know?" said cyclist Allen Goggins, who saw the lane for the first time on Thursday.

It's part of an effort to make Charlotte more cyclist-friendly. If the first attempt goes well, there will be more green lanes popping up at Kenilworth and Charlottetowne, and 10th St. at E. 12th Street.

Goggins likes the new lane, but he is concerned about its location, in between two lanes of traffic.

"I can't see going out in the middle of the street like that. That would kind of frighten me a little bit," said Goggins.

Other cyclists have a different opinion.

"I think all avid cyclists would actually be riding in that green lane, because you don't want to interfere with traffic turning left or right," said cyclist and owner of Uptown Cycles, Chris Sheehan.

The Charlotte Department of Transportation agrees, and chose the spot as the safest, most visible place for cyclists. Many of Charlotte's bikers think it's a great addition to uptown that'll make other cities green with envy.

"It's a great step for Charlotte. Hopefully they'll build more and we'll all be safe," said Sheehan.

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