March 30, 2014
Crews are expected to begin painting the Charlottesville's first buffered bike lanes along Rose Hill Drive starting Monday, March 31st.
According to residents cars driving along their road aren't following the speed limit and safety is a concern.
“They do speed along rose hill drive,” says Lawrence Brown. “It's a 35 mile per hour limit, but they go way over that speed limit.”
Pedestrian and bike safety have been on the minds of residents as cars speed past Burley Middle School and one resident says she hopes the new buffers help.
“There is concern about traffic in front of the school and that people seem to pick up speed as they go down that road,” says Christy Ribling. “It's a road that a lot of bikers use and they have been very worried about their safety along this road.”
The new lanes would create space in between bikes and moving cars and is expected to improve safety for cyclists.
“They thought that would slow the traffic down some, give people that are on the bikes more safety,” says Ribling. “This is part of hopefully a longer term plan that would add some median and green to the street as well.”
However, as the new lanes appear, parking along Rose Hill could fade away in some areas.
“I understand that bicycle safety is important, but I have four vehicles and if they move these parking spaces there isn't anywhere to park our vehicles,” says Pete Carey.
Residents do agree that safe places for people to walk and bike are top priorities for the neighborhood.