‘Bridge the Ashley’ calls for completed bike lane by end of 2016

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Residents are pushing for faster progress on putting a bike lane on the Ashley River  bridge in Charleston.

A group called Charleston Moves is held a rally Monday evening on the steps of Charleston City Hall.

The group wants quicker progress on converting a traffic lane on the busy U.S. 17 bridge across the Ashley River to a pedestrian and bicycle lane. The bike lane was approved more than two years ago but still hasn’t been built. The group says delays have pushed back completion another nine months.

“The public support is there” says Kurt Cavanaugh, the executive director of Charleston Moves. “A lot of people were out here not asking, but demanding that this happen,” added Cavanaugh, “people want to bike between downtown and West Ashley and that’s all there is to it.”

“Now that we’ve closed that lane down and we’ve seen that it’s not the disaster everybody thought there’s no reason to slow it up,” said Charleston City Councilman Mike Seekings, “let’s move it let’s get it open in 2016.”

The group says more accommodations are needed for bikes and pedestrians in a city where every year an average of more than 200 bike riders or pedestrians are injured in accidents.

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