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Charleston residents express concerns for new bike lane

Updated: Dec 4, 2023

by Abbey Curtis

Small roads and heavy traffic create safety issues downtown.

Downtown Charleston roads were identified as some of the most dangerous in the state.

The SCDOT performed a safety audit and suggested calming King Street by including a one-way bike lane.

Yet, the city noted there are 150 bikes and nearly 3,000 cars on King Street every day, but there are also 30,000 pedestrians.

"We just don't have enough width and bandwidth there for the pedestrians so we're going to have to build something in that works," said Mike Seekings, Charleston Traffic and Transportation Chairman. "That will make it a lot tougher to build a dedicated bike lane."

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