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New Bike Lane Makeover Confuses Salisbury Drivers

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SALISBURY, Md. - If you have driven on Waverly Drive in Salisbury recently, you have probably seen some strange armadillo-shaped barriers painted like a zebra. The City of Salisbury Transportation has put up those barriers to create a bike path to separate cars from bikes. 

Waverly Drive runs parallel to Route 13 behind Peninsula Regional Medical Center from Carroll Street to South Boulevard. Members of the community are not worried so much about the side of the road with the bikes-- but they are worried about the side of the road with the cars.  

Tracey Rodwell, a resident of Salisbury, bikes up and down Waverly Drive two to three times a week. As a biker, he now has his own path. Rodwell says he now has more room on the road.

"It will keep the people driving more cautious because they see the bumps and without the bumps you just be going and that's how accidents happen" explains Rodwell. 

The City of Salisbury Transportation Project Specialist William White says the goal of the project is to narrow and tighten the road to slow down traffic. He mentioned how Waverly Drive is the city's first dedicated cycle track. 

Another factor driving the change is speeding. White says 4,000 cars a day travel on Waverly Drive and these barriers can help save a life.

"We also want a more walkable and bikable community because it raises property values and better for everybody. People who normally are not able to get around without an automobile now can and access jobs," said White. 

Some people say they like the changes to Waverly Drive because it will bring more foot traffic to their businesses. However, others say the community was not involved in this decision and feel bikers have no sense of direction.

Deborah Dryden has lived next to Waverly Drive for 30 years now. She explains how these changes have created more of a danger than slowing down traffic. 

"I'm not happy with what they have done on Waverly Drive, because they have tried to condense two lanes of traffic into one and giving the bicyclists a whole lane and once it is done is caused the traffic to be more dangerous," said Dryden.

Rodwell is riding with more confidence on his new bike path side on Waverly Drive. But other people are worried about what will happen on the other side of Waverly Drive with people in their cars.

White says the city of Salisbury is also creating bikes lanes on Carroll Street, Fitzwater Street and South Salisbury Boulevard in the next two months. He says the goal is to have a full connection from Salisbury University to the downtown.




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