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Transit Tourism Opportunity on Sunday 9/28: Carrboro Music Festival!

Transit Tourism Opportunity on Sunday 9/28: Carrboro Music Festival!

Well, it’s decorative gourd season, friends, and the weather looks perfect this weekend, AND the Carrboro Music Festival is Sunday.  I expect to be over there by foot/bike/wagon or some combination thereof, but for Durhamites who feel like Carrboro is a long drive to hang out with 10,000 other music lovers taking in 180 local bands for free, then good news!  For the first time ever, you can take Triangle Transit to get you to … Read entire article »

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Visiting Carrboro and Chapel Hill Without a Car Just Got A Lot Easier

Visiting Carrboro and Chapel Hill Without a Car Just Got A Lot Easier

New regional bus service on weekends from Triangle Transit is making intercity and interstate travel to and from Chapel Hill/Carrboro without a car easier than it has ever been. If you try to visit the Research Triangle region of North Carolina without driving your own car here, you will generally arrive by one of three methods: By Plane – To RDU Airport, … Read entire article »

Morgan Creek Greenway Sets a New Standard for Local Bike Facilities

Morgan Creek Greenway Sets a New Standard for Local Bike Facilities

While Chapel Hill and Carrboro have some of the highest rates of walking and cycling for transportation in North Carolina and the Southeast, there is still a lot of work to be done to build a continuous network of bike/ped infrastructure that both IS safe and FEELS safe.  The recently published final Chapel Hill Bike Plan notes that one of … Read entire article »

Carrboro Town Staff Considers Replacing Fidelity St Bike Lanes with Car Parking

Carrboro is a progressive town in many ways, but there are a few community characteristics for which the town really stands out- and one of them is Carrboro’s commitment to bicycle infrastructure. Carrboro is currently the only town or city in North Carolina meeting the American Bike League’s “Silver Award” standard and was home to the North Carolina Bike Summit just last year. That’s why I was quite surprised to peruse Tuesday evening’s Carrboro Board of Aldermen agenda and find the following: In an effort to better manage the Town’s parking resources, the issue of how to deal with the needs of longer-term parking for business employees arises. Some businesses have requested parking permits from the Town … Read entire article »

The Dream of Places Where Young Children Walk Freely

The Dream of Places Where Young Children Walk Freely

In September of 2013, our family took a 1900-mile road trip up and down the East Coast to see an old friend get married and visit family.  Along the way, we decided to spend a few days in New York City.  I wanted to take a city vacation and see some of the public space, transit and bicycle improvements in … Read entire article »

Carrboro Open Streets a Fantastic Success, Also Highlights Work to Be Done

Carrboro Open Streets a Fantastic Success, Also Highlights Work to Be Done

Palm Sunday weekend was great.  The sun was shining, the allergy meds held the pollen in check, and Carrboro’s 2nd Open Streets event was about as picture perfect as it gets.  Before I go into details from Carrboro Open Streets, a quick definition: What Is An Open Streets Event? Originating in Colombia in South America, and first called Ciclovia, an “Open Streets” … Read entire article »

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 … Read entire article »

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 »