Raleigh received a $1.1 million federal grant to develop 27 more miles of dedicated on-road bike lanes around the city.
Almost two dozen individual projects will be responsible for developing the new bike lanes, which will feature the prominent sharrows and other lane designations to preserve safe traffic flow for automobiles and bicyclists. The new lanes are expected to be complete by the end of 2015. Collectively, with the existing and new lanes, Raleigh will feature about 75 miles of on-road bicycle lanes. Read the plans for the Raleigh bicycle projects, which shows where and when each separate project will occur.
The federal grant funding is provided by the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program. The program is dedicated to reducing pollution around the country. As Raleigh continues to expand quickly, more people mean more cars--but hopefully now more bicyclists too.
If you are already an active bicycle commuter in Raleigh or are planning to change your commuting style, did you know:
Raleigh has a Bicycle Benefits Program? This offers free items (including chocolate!), plus discounts at restaurants and retail spots around the city, and reduced rates for bicycle maintenance.
More bicyclists in Raleigh mean there is a greater possibility for a bicycle accident. Our Raleigh bike accident attorneys share information about North Carolina laws affecting bike accidents here. Stay safe on the roads!