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Two-way bike lane to open for riders on Franklin Street

A two-way bike lane on Franklin Street is set to open to riders on Friday. (Source: NBC12) A two-way bike lane on Franklin Street is set to open to riders on Friday. (Source: NBC12)
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Franklin Street may become more hectic for some commuters. A two-way, protected bike lane will officially open on Franklin Street on Friday, which is also National Bike to Work Day.

The two-way protected bike lane extends from Monroe Park to the Virginia State Capitol, and this is the first one installed in the city.

During off-peak hours, there will be parking for cars but on the outside of the bike lane. This will also reduce the street down to one lane of traffic.

However, during rush hour in the morning from 7 to 9 a.m., there will be no parking allowed, as usual.

The effort is part of an ongoing movement to make Richmond more cyclist-friendly. Twenty-five miles of bike lanes have already been created across the city. Another 25 miles of protected bike lanes (where cars can park in between the bike lane and traffic) are set for construction this year.

A ribbon cutting was scheduled for Friday at the Downtown YMCA on West Franklin Street, but it was postponed to June 1 due to inclement weather, according to Mayor Levar Stoney's Office.

However, Stoney issued a statement regarding the bike lane project.

“The completion of this important project is another step in our efforts to develop a city-wide network of bike infrastructure,” said Stoney. “With the addition of this protected bike lane, we will help keep our riders safe, diversify and enhance transportation options and encourage more recreational biking.

A reschedule date for the ribbon cutting ceremony has yet to be announced.

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