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Cyclists to rally Monday for Ashley River bike lane

One lane of the northbound Ashley River Bridge is closed to test the effects of a possible permanent bike lane. (Source: Live 5) One lane of the northbound Ashley River Bridge is closed to test the effects of a possible permanent bike lane. (Source: Live 5)
Orange barrels mark off the right lane of the northbound Ashley River Bridge during the test. (Source: Live 5) Orange barrels mark off the right lane of the northbound Ashley River Bridge during the test. (Source: Live 5)
CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

Charleston cyclists are set to rally Monday in support of a commuting lane of their own being made permanent on the Ashley River bridges.

The demonstration at Charleston City Hall will come a little more than a week after the county's test lane was put into action.

That closure sparked frustration among drivers who claimed it was slowing their commute.

However, data released from Charleston County after the first week of the test showed rush hour traffic drive times on Highway 17 and Highway 61 in West Ashley are close to the same as pre-test times.

Authorities expect the conditions to continue to improve over the next two to three weeks as drivers become accustomed to the change.

Some cyclists have also expressed frustration because while the test is designed to determine the feasibility of a permanent bike lane, the lane that has been blocked off is currently closed to cyclists and pedestrians.

The testing phase is expected to last up to 50 more days.

Cycling advocates plan to rally at 6 p.m. near Charleston City Hall. 

Charleston County declined to comment about the rally.

Click here to watch live traffic conditions on the Ashley River Bridges during the bike lane test.

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