An extra-wide stretch of road through Lowell has taken on a new look recently, which city leaders hope will create a safer thoroughfare for bicyclists and traditional commuters.
North Carolina Department of Transportation workers recently fitted McAdenville Road with lanes for bicycles on either side of the road. It’s the city’s first bike lanes within the city limits, according Lowell City Manager Scott Attaway. Hopes for increasing safety
Painting bike lanes along McAdenville Road – also known as N.C. 7 – was identified as a high-priority project in the city’s 2019 bicycle and pedestrian plan based on driver safety concerns along the wide, two-lane road located between Interstate 85 and North Main Street.
Drivers are known not only to speed through the 35-mph zone, but also pass other drivers waiting to turn left onto residential streets. Some even go as far to park along the highway, which the city does not permit.
Now, drivers will notice a significant reduction in the width of the car lanes along McAdenville Road, which encourages drivers to slow down and, therefore, reduces the number of collisions and increases safety for non-motorists, according to the United States Department of Transportation.
“It’s going to let people know you can’t sneak by people while they’re turning,” Attaway said of the new bike lanes. “It’s also about pedestrian safety. That’s No. 1 here.”
The 0.9-mile stretch of bike lanes cost NCDOT $2,500, according to NCDOT. The city of Lowell hired a contractor to place bicycle pavement markets in the new lanes, […]