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Scranton Road residents voice safety concerns over bike lane proposal

Posted at 10:03 PM, May 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-23 23:17:56-04

CLEVELAND — Some residents living in the Scranton Road neighborhood, on Cleveland's near west side, are now voicing their safety concerns over a proposal to add a dedicated bike lane to Scranton Road.

The bike lane plan is part of the $2.2 million Scranton Road resurfacing project, set to start construction in June.

The proposal, announced during a May 22 neighborhood meeting, has some residents upset and reporting their concerns to Cleveland Councilwoman Jasmin Santana.

Tracy Suhm told News 5 she believes eliminating the center turning lane on the three lane road, and adding a bike lane, sets-up serious safety concerns.

"Not on these streets, the streets are small enough," Suhm said.

"It seems like they already have their minds made up. They need to understand the consequence behind it, and how many people are going to get killed on bikes."

"We're going to be sitting in lanes, there's going to be a lot of chaos, road rage, it's going to get crazy."

Maria Guy said that stretch of Scranton Road is already packed with three schools, multiple churches and emergency traffic from Metro Health Medical Center.

"Well it's a safety hazard, not only for the people who will be biking down the bike lanes, but for the people driving and people living on the street," Guy said.

"If you live in the neighborhood and you travel the street, you know it's not a good idea."

"It's very congested and it's a safety issue."

News 5 contacted Santana about the safety concerns.

Santana pledged to collect all complaints and work with the Cleveland traffic commissioner in going over traffic data to determine if a Scranton Road bike lane is a good idea.

Meanwhile Suhm said Scranton area residents should have more input into the resurfacing and re-striping plan.

“You can cause an accident when you’re trying to turn," Suhm said.

"Somebody can ram you from behind, because the bicyclists are riding on the side.”