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Cyclists pack city council meeting in support of bike lane

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The Charleston City Council says it wants to hear from those who conducted the bike lane study in July's council meeting before making a final decision on the project across the Ashley River.

But yet another delay on a decision for the bike lane has some avid cyclists feeling a bit like second-class citizens.

There isn't much David Juliano can't fix on a bicycle.

"It's a good feeling being that person who gets them moving again," he said. It's the very act of moving, however, that he says is so hard for cyclists in the Holy City.

"The current lane and sidewalk is completely unsafe and dangerous," he said of the narrow sidewalk on the Ashley River Bridge.

"I've done it a few times, and there's a reason I don't do it more often. It's pretty scary."

A study by the city found the added bicycle lane slowed rush hour traffic by about a minute.

"I think that's a fair payoff for anybody," Juliano said.

Daniel Russell-Einhorn owns Affordabike in downtown Charleston.

"Riding my bike more and more, I've been treated like second class citizen," he said.

He said riding in second class isn't where cyclists should be.

"Frustrating thing is myself and others are having to fight so hard for something we feel is simply part of being included as members of this community."

That community took to the Charleston City Council meeting to voice its concern. Hands were raised in support both inside and outside council chambers for the Ashley River Bridge bike lane. Only three people at the meeting spoke in opposition.

Juliano knows he often rides in a world of haves and have-nots.

"For people who have the luxury to drive around, they need to see that some people don't," he said.

Like the tire on his bike, he also knows the world spins the same for both.

"That's important to have compassion for all modes of transportation," he said.


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