- Associated Press - Thursday, July 21, 2016

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - It’s going to be easier for bike riders to get around in congested Charleston as a plan to add a bike lane on one of the city’s busiest bridges moves forward.

Media outlets report the Charleston City Council has approved a plan to replace a traffic lane on the busy U.S. 17 bridge across the Ashley River with a bike lane. Each year more than 200 bike riders or pedestrians are injured in accidents in Charleston.

The bike lane idea was first proposed two years ago and there were tests to determine the impact it might have on slowing traffic.

Charleston County Council is now must approve the plan. It’s expected to cost about $2 million and take up to 18 months to complete.



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