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Carrboro Likely To Approve Homestead-Chapel Hill High School Path for Construction

Carrboro Likely To Approve Homestead-Chapel Hill High School Path for Construction

Near the end of their May 10th meeting, the Carrboro Board of Aldermen affirmed their commitment to see the Homestead-Chapel Hill High School Multi-Use Path move forward to construction this summer. Compromise Recommended by the School System Staff and Town of Carrboro Staff Early in the meeting, Todd LoFrese of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School System took to the podium to describe a compromise that had been worked out between school staff and Town of Carrboro staff … Read entire article »

Filed under: Biking, Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Children, Safety, Schools, Uncategorized, Video, Walking

Tell the Aldermen: Carrboro Needs The Homestead-Chapel Hill High School Multi-Use Path

Tell the Aldermen: Carrboro Needs The Homestead-Chapel Hill High School Multi-Use Path

The town of Carrboro has been working steadily for seven years to plan for the Homestead-Chapel Hill High School Multi-Use Path. The greenway would provide a safe way for hundreds of children to walk or bike to not one, not two, but  THREE(!) different schools (Chapel Hill High, Smith Middle, Seawell Elementary)  from the Claremont, Winmore and even Lake Hogan Farms neighborhoods. For so many reasons, which I will detail below, it needs to be … Read entire article »

Filed under: Biking, Carrboro, Children, Maps, Public Comment Opportunity, Safety, Schools, Walking

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 the primary reasons identified by residents for why they do not ride their bike for … Read entire article »

Filed under: Auto Traffic, Biking, Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Maps, Safety, Schools, Walking

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 NYC under Janette Sadik-Khan‘s management as Director of Transportation that I had become familiar with … Read entire article »

Filed under: Brooklyn, Children, Culture, Parking, Schools, Street Design, Walking

Carrboro’s Summer of Bike-Ped Infrastructure, Part 2

Carrboro’s Summer of Bike-Ped Infrastructure, Part 2

Earlier in the month I covered some improvements to the local pedestrian grid on Davie Rd and at the intersection of James St and Hillsborough Rd.  However, the most high-profile change to the Carrboro street grid this summer is undoubtedly the Main St Road Diet. Definition: Road Diet First, what’s a “Road Diet?” Simply put, it’s the reconfiguration of a roadway to remove excess space for cars, and the reassigning of that space for the use of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Biking, Carrboro, Definitions, Portland, Schools, Street Design, Walking

Carrboro’s Summer of Bike-Ped Infrastructure, Part 1

Carrboro’s Summer of Bike-Ped Infrastructure, Part 1

Summer is construction season, and as we approach the middle of August, there are several projects nearing completion in Carrboro that will make life better for pedestrians and bicyclists, and a few others that have made significant progress.  If you haven’t spotted some of this work going on around town, here’s a quick review of two of the notable projects. I will cover others in a subsequent post. James St / Hillsborough St Intersection Improvements Perhaps the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Biking, Carrboro, Schools, Street Design, Walking

A Little More Time and A Little More Communication Could Get Us an Awesome Urban Library that Works for Everyone in Southern Orange County

A Little More Time and A Little More Communication Could Get Us an Awesome Urban Library that Works for Everyone in Southern Orange County

This is going to be a long post, so to make it easier to use, you can either read it all the way through, or use this bullet-point summary with hyperlinks to each portion: Orange County is leading a process to site a library in Southern Orange County within the Town of Carrboro. The Carrboro Board of Aldermen sent three sites for review to the county staff in November 2012, and indicated their interest in a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Carrboro, Economic Development, Libraries, Orange County, Portland, Schools, Walking