The House just unanimously voted not to concur with the Senate version of House Bill 44 . Section 7 of the bill would prohibit “road diets” under certain conditions without consideration of exceptions. The bill language is overly prescriptive and may in effect reduce a community’s ability to optimize safety and congestion relief in a comprehensive manner:
Would the pedestrian and cycling safety improvements been permitted on the flagship Hillsborough Street in Raleigh under condition (ii) above – the road currently may be a Level C, and Level D- at peak times. How about College Street in Asheville shown above?
If criteria is legislated, DOT should be given flexibility in the decision making process rather than a strict prohibition.
The House conferees will be – Lambeth (chair), Conrad, Ross, McGrady, Hanes, Bell, and Stam, so advocates can contact these House Representatives and express how unwise it would be for this language to remain in the bill. We will let you know who the Senate conferees are as soon as we hear.