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Protesters rally to keep bike lane on Route 4

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RUTLAND, Vt. - A retired Rutland doctor is leading a protest against the recent Board of Highway Commissioners' decision to bring back four lanes of traffic on Route 4.

Protesters assembled Friday in front of Rutland City Hall. They say the five-week trial period with two lanes and a bike lane on Woodstock Avenue was not enough time to see if the lane configuration would work.

Dr. Theodore Shattuck says he once treated a patient who was paralyzed after an accident on Woodstock Avenue and vowed to work for safer streets in the Marble City.

"I am about safety for people who walk and live in this neighborhood and I can't believe the city is just going backward," Shattuck said.

Shattuck thinks the two-lane configuration makes people drive slower and reduces accident risk.

The Board of Highway Commissioners voted 2-1 to revert to two westbound and two eastbound lanes, citing pedestrian safety after people saw a woman pushing a stroller in the bike lane.

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