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Pedestrian Crashes and Vehicle Speeds in Carrboro, 1997-2012

Pedestrian Crashes and Vehicle Speeds in Carrboro, 1997-2012

Recently, the Carrboro Transportation Advisory Board brought a proposal for a “Slow Zone” in downtown Carrboro to the Board of Aldermen.  A Slow Zone is an area in which traffic calming measures are deployed and speed limits are lowered to 20 mph to reduce the number of bike and pedestrian crashes. Does this really matter for pedestrian safety?  I decided to look into the data for Carrboro, and here’s what I found. The Highway Safety Research Center … Read entire article »

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Orange County Wants Your Ideas For The Southern Orange Library Branch

Orange County Wants Your Ideas For The Southern Orange Library Branch

I was thrilled a few days ago to get a message from Orange County Library Director Lucinda Munger, announcing two upcoming public input sessions for the Southern Orange County Library Branch, now planned to be built in downtown Carrboro. It’s great to hear that this project is moving forward and that the staff is thinking about how to make it a … Read entire article »

North Carolina Carfree Commute Map 2012!

North Carolina Carfree Commute Map 2012!

Recently I started following @shanedphillips on Twitter after reading a terrific guest column he wrote at Planetizen. Shane lives carfree in Los Angeles and blogs at www.betterinstitutions.com. I’ve added him to my blogroll today- please check out his writing. He is also hashtagging this month as #marchmapness on Twitter as he is creating carfree commute maps for various states.  I asked … Read entire article »

Trip Report: Travel By Train in North Carolina in 2014

Trip Report: Travel By Train in North Carolina in 2014

Nearing midnight on March 6th, the Weather Underground reported that the stuff coming down outside was “Light Freezing Rain Mist.” It had been falling, somewhere on the physical line between rain, sleet, snow, and ice since early in the evening. Local schools would open on a three-hour delay the next day.  Despite this weather snarling rush hour traffic in the Triangle, … Read entire article »

Carrboro #Sneckdown Photos from Previous Storm

Carrboro #Sneckdown Photos from Previous Storm

As we wait for the latest winter weather event to roll in, with possibilities of more heavy snowfall, I wanted to put up some of the #sneckdown photos I took last time.  Here’s what I saw.  First, let’s look at an aerial photo of the intersection of Davie Rd at West Poplar Avenue.  Both roads are one car lane in … Read entire article »

Carrboro Parking Summit: Questions for Attendees to Ask

Carrboro Parking Summit: Questions for Attendees to Ask

If you’re attending the Carrboro Parking Summit as a citizen or member of the media, it is possible that at some point during the event, you will hear someone claim that Carrboro needs to build more parking downtown. If you do, here are three great questions to ask anyone making that suggestion: You are advocating that we build more parking spaces in … Read entire article »

Rare Opportunity Today: Carrboro and Chapel Hill #Sneckdown Photography!

Rare Opportunity Today: Carrboro and Chapel Hill #Sneckdown Photography!

It’s near midnight on January 28th as I write this.  As everyone wakes up on the 29th, we will have a rare opportunity in the Triangle to see how the snow reveals which parts of our intersections are not needed to allow cars to move freely.  Clarence Eckerson of Streetfilms (see 3-minute video below) has pioneered the art of taking … Read entire article »

A Few Things to Think About When Planning for Downtown ACCESS, Including Parking

A Few Things to Think About When Planning for Downtown ACCESS, Including Parking

The Carrboro Board of Aldermen has pledged to take up downtown parking as one of their major issues to work on in 2014. Before they kick off this effort, I’d like to offer a few thoughts on how to frame this issue in a way that leads to a larger toolbox of potential solutions to get more people and wallets … Read entire article »

2013 Year-End Stats for City Beautiful 21 Blog

2013 Year-End Stats for City Beautiful 21 Blog

Looking back at 2013, I started this blog not sure if people would take an interest in narrow-focus writing on small-to-medium-size town urbanism in Carrboro, NC.  With 11 months of blogging behind me, I can say that people are definitely interested, and that the public and private feedback I’ve received from others indicates that there are lots of individuals who … Read entire article »

Interim County Manager Recommends Downtown Carrboro Location for Southern Orange County Library Site to Move Forward

Interim County Manager Recommends Downtown Carrboro Location for Southern Orange County Library Site to Move Forward

For anyone who has been following the discussion of where the Southern Orange County Library will be located, the County Commissioners will pick up the discussion thread again on Tuesday evening, November 5th.  The library discussion is Item 7 in the 468-page PDF (55 MB!) agenda, and begins on page 369.  The meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. at … Read entire article »