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More bike lanes are coming to Raleigh, but some worry about loss of parking

A bike lane on Hillsborough Street in Raleigh.
A bike lane on Hillsborough Street in Raleigh. N&O file photo

More than a dozen Raleigh streets will get bicycle lanes and markings this year, but some residents have complained about losing on-street parking.

Some people who live on Glen Eden Drive in west Raleigh pushed back against a plan to add bike lanes between Glenwood Avenue and Ridge Road. The original plan would have restricted parking on the north side of Glen Eden.

As a compromise, the city offered to allow parking in the bike lane on the north side except from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays — similar to existing restrictions on Ridge Road. But City Council member Stef Mendell said that wasn't enough to address residents' concerns, and the council ultimately decided Tuesday to continue to allow parking on both sides of the street at all times.

Three other streets originally included in the BikeRaleigh Plan were either altered or removed.

The original plan would have eliminated parking on one side of Spruce Tree Way from Falls of Neuse Road to Wakefield Pines Drive in North Raleigh. But council member David Cox asked for sharrows, shared-lane markings for vehicles and bikes, instead of a bike lane to allow drivers to continue parking there.

“I think I will have an uprising if we do that,” he said of removing parking.

Grove Barton Road in northwest Raleigh and St. Albans Drive near Midtown were removed from the list because of nearby construction projects.

Here are the streets that will get bicycle lanes or markings:

  • Arco Corporate Drive, from 8081 to 8001

  • Arnold Palmer Drive from Brier Club Lane to Brier Creek Parkway

  • Common Oaks Drive from Falls of Neuse Road to 370 feet west of Popes Creek Drive

  • Corporate Center Drive from Chapel Hill Road to Trinity Road

  • Country Trail from Pinecrest Drive to Glenwood Avenue

  • Crabtree Boulevard from Raleigh Boulevard to Capital Boulevard

  • Forest Pines Drive from Common Oaks Drive to Wakefield Plantation Circle

  • Glen Eden Drive from Glenwood Avenue to Ridge Road

  • Ileagnes Road from Wyncote Drive to South Saunders Street

  • Lineberry Drive from Joanne Drive to Bliss Street

  • Marvino Lane from Country Trail to Ebenezer Church Road

  • Morningside Drive from Blue Ridge Road to Wycliff Road

  • Spruce Tree Way from Falls of Neuse Road to Wakefield Pines Drive

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