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Locals drop four wheels for two on "Bike to Work Day," urge county to add bike lanes

Dozens of people gave up four wheels for two to get to work Friday. Bicyclists were pedaling for safer access on the West Ashley bridges. (Lindsey Maloney/WCIV)

Dozens of people gave up four wheels for two to get to work today. Bicyclists were pedaling for safer access on the West Ashley bridges.

They’re making moves in hopes of making change.

"We've had a lane planned for bicycle and pedestrian use on that bridge for 10 years, still waiting for that to be implemented," Katie Zimmerman, Executive Director of Charleston Moves says.

In 2015 a traffic study was done for a bike and pedestrian lane. Two years later, supporters feel like the chain has come off the bike lane project. Zimmerman says it's time for something to be done.

"It's all about not only celebrating being able to ride a bike in a safe and connected way but also advocating for that infrastructure to be implemented in our community," Zimmerman says.

In honor of bike month nearly 60 people came along for the ride.

"It's a unique chance to see what it will feel like to get outside of that box of steel and have the wind in your face and enjoy that short beautiful bridge," Jordan Amaker, a rider says.

Pedaling across the Ashley River Bridge is more than a joy ride for Amaker.

"A lot of people aren't as fortunate to have a choice to choose a car or a bike or foot and they're working really hard for our city and they are risking their lives every day because they can't afford a car," Amaker says.

And that's what keeps these bikers moving forward.

"It's the only way we're going to solve gridlock in the city and it's a great way to get around and get connected to your community," Zimmerman says.

The city, county, and department of transportation have agreed to update the study to see if the project will move forward.

The county says they expect results soon.

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