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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 him about NC, and he whipped this map up in less than a few hours. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Biking, Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Data, Durham, Hillsborough, Maps, Public Transit, Walking

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 downtown. Why is Getting Parking Right in Downtown Carrboro Critical? Carrboro values local businesses and a local … Read entire article »

Filed under: Biking, Carrboro, Economic Development, Parking, Public Transit, Walking

Quick Thoughts on Carrboro Music Festival 2013

Quick Thoughts on Carrboro Music Festival 2013

Another Carrboro Music Festival (CMF) is in the books, and generally speaking, it was a great afternoon.  The timing of the event usually provides some of the best weather central North Carolina can offer, temperature/humidity-wise, and today delivered on that count in spades.  I biked all over the place, taking advantage of our new bicycle facilities on Main Street and the elevator to the roof of the parking deck. (more on that later) As usual, the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Art, Carrboro, Culture, Parking, Piazzas, Plazas, Parks and Squares, Public Transit, Street Design, Walking

Email Question From a Reader: Parking Pricing and Equity

Email Question From a Reader: Parking Pricing and Equity

In response to my last post on why Performance Parking Pricing is better than greater enforcement of 2-hour parking limits, I received an outstanding response from a reader via email.  Here are some key excerpts: Hey Patrick.  I have been closely following the discussions about parking in Carrboro.  I subscribe to your CityBeautiful21 blog and I have watched all the recent archived video of Board of Aldermen meetings where parking was discussed. I’m concerned that you have … Read entire article »

Filed under: Administration, Biking, Carrboro, Parking, Pricing, Public Transit, Reader Mailbag

Measuring Transit Access to Potential Southern Orange County Library Sites

Measuring Transit Access to Potential Southern Orange County Library Sites

When considering where to site a public library in Southern Orange County, one of the criteria studied by both town and county staff has been the presence of public transportation, in this case, Chapel Hill Transit bus service.  Evaluating this criteria has been conducted by noting the distance to the nearest bus stop in materials we have seen thus far.  However, transit service is not evenly distributed at every stop and different bus stops provide … Read entire article »

Filed under: Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Data, Libraries, Orange County, Public Transit