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Rutland scrapping plans for bike lanes on Woodstock Avenue

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Woodstock Avenue in Rutland will go back to having 4 lanes. A changed that has pitted the biking community against some area businesses.

Terry McGann rides his bike all over Rutland, all the time.

"Everyday," McGann said.

He's not happy about the decision the Rutland Board of Highway Commissioners came to Friday (in a 2-1 vote) to eliminate the bike lane on Woodstock Avenue. The lane was part of a road test that ran for the last five weeks and changed the lane configuration to one east bound and one west bound lane instead of four total lanes.

"It needed time for people to to figure out before they started getting all scared about streets being plugged up because of drivers didn't understand where to go," McGann said.

But the test generated a lot of opposition. Of the many businesses along Woodstock Avenue, some protested the test, saying it made it difficult for customers to get to their establishments. Even a Facebook page with comments against the new configuration popped up. Some who use those area businesses, think going back to the old lane configuration is the right move.

"I don't think it was a great idea to narrow it down to just one lane on each side. I think it slowed up traffic," said Gene Esposito.

Bike enthusiasts say five weeks just wasn't enough time to test out the layout and think bike lanes on Woodstock Avenue would have been a great addition to the Marble City's main thoroughfare.

"I find it kind of disappointing, because they really didn't give it a chance to see how it would work," said Meg Duffy.

"For sure, that was perfect. It's almost European!" McGann said.

Officials say the re-striping of the lanes will likely begin next week.

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