South Carolina Road Diet Watch: Columbia planning to add bike lanes – and reduce car lanes – on Marion and Washington

The City of Columbia is planning to add bike lanes — and reduce the number of automotive traffic lanes — on two thoroughfares in the heart of downtown.

During a December Columbia City Council work session, city Planning Administrator John Fellows shared plans for the addition of bike lanes on east-west routes on Washington Street and on north-south routes on Marion Street.

According to city paperwork, the section of Washington in question is from Lincoln Street to Pickens Street. Plans call for two new bike lanes — one in each direction — and a reduction in automotive traffic lanes from four to three.