SB 617 Vs. Bike Lanes

I-BIKE-I-VOTESenate Bill 617 was filed on March 11th and includes a significant restrictive provision regarding bike lanes and road diets and is sponsored by Sens. Trudy Wade (R-Guilford), Andrew Brock (R-Davie) and Brent Jackson (R-Sampson).

The proposed new language reads as follows:

“Reduction of travel lanes to accommodate the addition of bike lanes within the existing paved and marked travel lanes of any State highway system street or highway located within a municipality shall be approved by a vote of two‑thirds of all the members of the Board of Transportation.”

Currently, there is no other category of project or street modification that requires this level of scrutiny by the board of transportation. So  it would seem someone is not happy about a “Road Diet” project somewhere (aka Complete Streets).

Sources say that BikeWalkNC is paying attention to this. A few representatives of the bicycle community will be going to legislature on Tuesday, March 31 and will ask questions and try to get more information. This will be updated once more information is in.

Here’s a link to the Bill Text: http://www.ncleg.net/Sessions/2015/Bills/Senate/HTML/Si617v0.html