Wheels in motion for protected bike lanes on Oberlin Road in Raleigh

August 29, 2018

A new project is aiming to change the look of a busy area at Cameron Village.

The City of Raleigh wants to change the streetscape of Oberlin Road from Groveland Avenue to Bedford Avenue, adding wider sidewalks, new landscaping and space for bikes.

To make the change happen, it will require big changes for drivers in an already congested area.

North Carolina State University graduate student Carter Jameson doesn’t want to be chained to his car, and biking back and forth to campus just clicks.

“I bike to and from campus every day I go to school,” Jameson said. “It really helps save money on gas and on a parking pass because parking is pretty expensive on State’s campus.”

The trip is smooth riding for Jameson until he gets to Oberlin Road, but the wheels are in motion for the city to build protected bike lanes.

As part of the Oberlin Road streetscape improvements, a row of parked cars or landscaping would separate bikers from drivers.

“I really like the idea of protected bike lanes and having something between me and the cars that are way bigger than I am,” Jameson said.

The bike lanes, however, could mean fewer lanes of traffic in an already busy area.

“I don’t have a problem with the bike lanes, but to take away from what the drivers have, I don’t know about all that because it’s a little too much constant traffic to take anything away,” said resident Victor Jones.

The City of Raleigh has hired a company to conduct a traffic analysis in September to get a better idea of the flow of traffic, but they said they are still in the very early planning stages and there is time for residents to weigh in on the plan.

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