Citizens groups forms in St. Petersburg, Florida to fight losing traffic lanes

Some St. Pete residents are fired up over the city’s new street safety plan called “complete streets.” It’s a multi year plan that will double the amount of parking spaces and add or widen existing bike lanes.

Some residents are mad that the plan includes eliminating some traffic lanes to make way for the safety changes.

“It’s insane to take away lanes,” said resident Ed Carlson.

Carlson formed the group “Citizens Against Lane Loss.” He said the group supports safety, but they feel the current plan will add to congestion in the city.

“Congestion is my main worry and slowing everybody down, it’s a huge loss in human enjoyment and human productivity to be caught up in congestion,” said Carlson.

The group is calling for the city to widen sidewalks to add more bike paths vs bike lanes.