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Harrisburg cyclist: Real reason few folks bike on State Street is ‘there’s nowhere safe to do it’

Harrisburg cyclist: Real reason few folks bike on State Street is ‘there’s nowhere safe to do it’

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — Evelyn Hunt’s reaction when Harrisburg paused a plan to remove State Street on-street parking spaces in favor of a new bike…

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — Evelyn Hunt’s reaction when Harrisburg paused a plan to remove State Street on-street parking spaces in favor of a new bike lane?

“Finally, somebody is listening,” Hunt, who owns an apartment building at the intersection of 19th and State, told abc27 News in April.

Cycling advocate Brandon Basom’s reaction to that reaction?

“They listen to the some of the citizens when they want to, generally when it feeds into the whole car dependency that is our current system,” Basom said Wednesday, commenting on a revised plan that preserves all the parking and and all five travel lanes (two each direction plus a turning lane) but ditches the dedicated bike lane.

After several pedestrian deaths and a cyclist death along less than a mile-long stretch of road, State Street was ranked one of America’s most dangerous streets. Get daily news, weather, breaking news and alerts straight to your inbox! Sign up for the abc27 newsletters here .

A world-famous city planner, Jeff Speck, told abc27 News in April the city didn’t have to choose between parking and a bike lane as long as it reduced the number and width of lanes on State Street, which he said it should do anyway because the extra width was unsafe and unnecessary, regardless of the need for parking or a bike lane.

“They were going to take it from five driving lanes down to three, and reducing lanes would have slowed traffic, which would have prevented not only bicyclists from dying but pedestrians […]

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