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Stoney officially opens bike lanes that have caused confusion

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

A little more than two weeks after opening, Mayor Levar Stoney officially cut the ribbon Friday on the Franklin Street bike lanes. 

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.

The lanes and floating parking, however, have created some confusion among drivers. 

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.

During rush hour in the morning from 7 to 9 a.m., there is 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.

Unfortunately, it has made Richmond more unfriendly for drivers, as earlier in May NBC12 spotted cars parked in the wrong spots, even cars nearly smashing into other parked cars. Hopefully as commuters get used to the floating parking, the confusion will subside. 

On Friday, Mayor Stoney said, "If you want to bike to work, you can do that. If you want to take public transportation you'll be able to in June. If you want to walk or drive to work you can do that too. And you'll be safe."

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