Thursday, September 22, 2011

Moving Planet Bike Rides, Saturday, Sept. 24th

Lots of rides are lining up this weekend.  On Saturday, I've signed up for  a 78-mile Moving Planet ride from the N.C. Art Museum to Durham and back... Sounds fun. Details below. If you're wondering about the Moving Planet day itself, it's billed as "a worldwide climate solutions rally taking place on September 24th — a single day to move beyond fossil fuels." More information on the Moving Planet site. Clearly the perfect day to ride a bike and leave the fossil-fueled vehicle in the driveway....
Ride with us from Durham, Chapel Hill or Raleigh to Durham Central Park!
Our routes are in, and we are really excited about our bike rides coming up on September 24th. We (the East Coast Greenway Alliance) have partnered with the Triangle Commuter Bike Initiative and will lead three rides from South Durham, Chapel Hill and Raleigh/Cary to the Moving Planet event which will be held from 2-5 PM under the Pavillion at Durham Central Park (where the Farmer’s Market is held).

ALL rides are FREE!! Please RSVP to and let us know what ride you’re doing so we know how many people to expect.
Here are the ride details:
Family Friendly / ATT Ride – meet us at our rest stop (Bull City Running Company) at the South Durham ATT trailhead, ride ~7 miles to Durham Central Park, and back,total of 14 miles. This ride will be almost entirely on trail, with a short on-road segment from downtown Durham ATT trailhead to Durham Central Park.
Time: Meet at 1:30, we’ll return back to the location by 5.
Location: Bull City Running Company store by Kroger, will be along the ATT, email Debbie at for info.
NOTE: Will include short segment on public roads. Children must be accompanied by parents. 
Chapel Hill – meet us at University Mall, ride 16.6 miles to Durham Central Park, and back, total of 33 miles.Time: Meet at noon, ride at 12:30. We’ll return to University Mall around 5:45 or 6.
Location: University Mall, on Estes Dr. SW corner (near Wachovia/Wells Fargo).
There may be two feeder rides from Carrboro and UNC that will meet earlier and ride to join us at University Mall. Stay tuned for details on those!
NOTE: The CH route goes on several roadways, including 751. We will make this as safe as possible, but this ride is not recommended for children or riders inexperienced in riding on public roads.
Raleigh – meet us at the NC Museum of Art, ride 39 miles to Durham Central Park, and back, total of 78 miles.
Time: Meet at 10:15, leave at 10:30. We’ll return to Raleigh around 7, bring lights for the ride home unless you plan to take transit back.
Location: NC Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC. Meet in the back of the upper parking lot.
Cary Option – for a shorter ride, meet us in Cary at Bond Park, ride 25 miles to Durham Central park, and back, total of 50 miles.
Time: Meet at 11:30, leave when Raleigh ride comes through (11:30 – 11:45). We’ll return to Cary around 6, bring lights for the dusk ride home.
Location: Meet us at Bond Park in Cary, 801 High House Rd. in Cary, NC. Meet at the Boathouse / Buehler Shelter, which is at the end of Bond Park Dr.
The Raleigh/Cary ride will be ~80% on greenway trails! Please note that several miles of the Southern portion of the ATT is on hard packed crushed gravel, fine for most bikes, may not be great for some road bikes.
NOTE: These rides will only be minimally supported – the CH ride will have a brief rest stop with water/light snacks at approximately 9 miles. The Raleigh ride will have a stop at Bond Park for water/restrooms and a brief rest stop with water/light snacks at mile 32 (mile 18 if you start in Cary). There will be some snacks at the ECGA table at the event.
We hope to see you there! Please RSVP to so we know how many to expect!

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