Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Attention NC Riders: Input Sought on Statewide Bicycle Route System

Dean at Va line on Bike Route 1
All of those long rides we do? Many of them take advantage of N.C.'s statewide signed bike route system, including Bike Routes 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6. The problem is that the routes date back to the 1970s, when traffic patterns and numbers were considerably different. In some spots urban areas have swallowed up what where once quiet or country roads. 

Our state Bike / Ped folks are angling to update that and they need your help. Input is requested by Oct. 12 so get hopping!

Dear All,
At this point, we are looking for your input on the state bike routes.You will find an interactive map showing the current statewide bicycle route network at the following link: www.ncstatebikeroutes.com/. By placing a marker on this interactive map, you will be able to highlight destinations/attractions, provide re-routing suggestions, and call out dangerous sections of current routes in your area. The map also allows you to elaborate on your markers using the callout box provided.
Your insights into current and potential routes in your area will help make this a great route system. Where are the destinations and attractions in your area that every bicycle tourist should know about? Where are the camp sites and bike shops that provide services for long-distance cyclists? Which sections of the current route network are on roads that are too narrow with traffic volumes that are too high? Which state bicycle routes are currently perfect where they are; which ones need reconsidered? Which incredible back roads and small towns are being missed?
Thank you to all who took the time to fill out the preliminary survey regarding the statewide bicycle route system update. It was greatly appreciated. For those who have not seen the preliminary survey, our team at Alta/Greenways is currently working with NCDOT on updating the statewide bicycle route network as part of the Statewide Pedestrian & Bicycle Plan. For more information on the plan, please visit www.walkbikenc.com/.
Please forward this link to others who are knowledgeable about cycling routes in their area. Also, feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. Thank you for your time and input! - Steve
Stephen Bzomowski Planning Intern, Alta/Greenways
5850 Fayetteville Road, Suite 211 Durham, NC 27713 ph: 919-484-8448www.altaplanning.com

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