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New American Community Survey Shows Bike Commuting Explosion in Carrboro

New American Community Survey Shows Bike Commuting Explosion in Carrboro

There’s big news for Carrboro in the latest American Community Survey Data – bike commuting has really taken off in town in the last five years. The most detailed, statistically reliable information we have on how people commute to work is now part of the American Community Survey (ACS). The ACS collects data every year, but has the greatest validity and reliability in its 5-Year Estimates.  In December 2015, the Census Bureau released the 5-Year Estimates … Read entire article »

Filed under: Auto Traffic, Biking, Data, Public Transit, Walking

Central Carrboro Traffic Went DOWN from 1997 to 2013

Central Carrboro Traffic Went DOWN from 1997 to 2013

Did you know that many traffic counts in Carrboro were lower in 2013 than in 1997? Yep. In 1997, Carrboro was home to roughly 15,400 people. By 2013, the Census reported that number as closer to 20,800. Despite adding over 5,000 residents and seeing downtown job growth, there were fewer cars on the streets all over central Carrboro in 2013 than there were 16 years earlier! You can see for yourself by checking NCDOT’s traffic count … Read entire article »

Filed under: Auto Traffic, Biking, Data, Featured, Public Transit, Walking

Key Take-away From Summer Streets: It’s Time For Autumn Streets

Key Take-away From Summer Streets: It’s Time For Autumn Streets

Sunday, July 19th, from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm, Carrboro held its second “Summer Streets” (Herald Sun article) event, in which the block of Weaver St between Main St and North Greensboro St was opened to people and closed to cars. For the umpteenth time in the decade and a half I’ve lived here, the Town closed this portion of Weaver Street with no visible negative impacts to traffic or downtown in general. As usual, people … Read entire article »

Filed under: Carrboro, Celebrations, Children, Culture, Food, Piazzas, Plazas, Parks and Squares, Safety, Street Design, Tourism, Walking

Getting Terms Right: At Its Core, The Word “Urban” Is About Life On Foot

Getting Terms Right: At Its Core, The Word “Urban” Is About Life On Foot

Editor’s note: I originally published this post on February 18, 2013, but there’s been a lot of discussion about density, urbanity, and quality of life in local media recently, and I thought it was worth re-publishing this. Original post below: On this blog, I’ll be discussing a variety of topics regarding questions of town-building for Carrboro, North Carolina and other places. But one I’ll probably come back to again and again is the word “urban.” Knowing that, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Carrboro, Definitions, Density, Walking

Lloyd Farm Development: Can We Avoid a Missed Opportunity?

Lloyd Farm Development: Can We Avoid a Missed Opportunity?

One of the more significant development projects in recent Carrboro history may reach the Board of Aldermen soon- the Lloyd Farm property.  Located across NC 54 from Carrboro Plaza and just west of the Carrboro Post Office, this is one of the largest contiguous areas of mostly undeveloped land left in Carrboro. Here’s the location in question: On September 11th I attended a meeting on the project at Town Hall.  Late that night, I forwarded some … Read entire article »

Filed under: Affordable Housing, Asheville, Auto Traffic, Biking, Carrboro, Children, Data, Density, Durham, Economic Development, Featured, Huntersville (NC), Parking, Philadelphia, Piazzas, Plazas, Parks and Squares, Raleigh, Walking

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 »

Filed under: Carrboro, Celebrations, Chapel Hill, Culture, Durham, Music, Public Transit, Tourism, 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 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” event is one that closes city street space normally allocated to cars and gives it … Read entire article »

Filed under: Biking, Carrboro, Public Transit, Safety, Street Design, Walking

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 »

Filed under: Auto Traffic, Carrboro, Data, Safety, Walking