Wednesday, July 01, 2015 02:00 PM


City leaders are thinking about ways Raleigh could become more welcoming to bicyclists.

The city is updating its bicycle plan, which was crafted in 2009 partly as a way to identify needed changes to get people pedaling.

Back then, Raleigh had 4 miles of striped bike lanes, only on Ridge Road and Edwards Mill Road, said Eric Lamb, the city’s transportation planning manager.

By the end of this summer, Lamb said, Raleigh will have more than 50 miles of bike lanes, spread throughout the city.

But Lamb said Raleigh can still make improvements to make it easier for people to choose bikes as a mode of transportation.

“There’s still plenty of things we can do,” he said.

The city will pay consultants $75,000 to help update the plan.

Raleigh leaders and consultants will assess what has already been done, and what could happen in the future. Then they will host public meetings to gather feedback from residents, Lamb said.

Some changes are already in the works, including the addition of bike lanes.

Lamb said some of the biggest projects are downtown. This summer, the city is set to create bike lanes on Salisbury and Wilmington streets.

Meanwhile, Hillsborough Street will get a “road diet” from the State Capitol to St. ...

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