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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

Restoring Sidewalk Space for People By Gardening: Local Business Edition

Restoring Sidewalk Space for People By Gardening: Local Business Edition

Today I was out walking with DC along West Weaver Street, and I started noticing all the curb cuts for various driveways. Really, a curb cut is a big red flag for people walking that implicitly says “stop relaxing and look out, you could be endangered at a moment’s notice by a car here!” But then I walked by Carrboro Family Vision, and noticed what a great job they had done to unplug this dynamic. Look … Read entire article »

Filed under: Carrboro, Parking, Quick Hits, Safety, Street Design, Walking

GoTriangle Proposes Carrboro-Durham Bus Service, Additional Fast Trips from Chapel Hill

GoTriangle Proposes Carrboro-Durham Bus Service, Additional Fast Trips from Chapel Hill

Carrboro residents who work at Duke or in Downtown Durham may soon have a new transportation choice: direct regional bus service on GoTriangle Route 405. Chapel Hill residents who work in the same places could see more fast trips this fall as well if GoTriangle implements the service proposal that is now out for public comment. What Regional Bus Service Is Available Today Between Chapel Hill and Durham? Currently, there are two regional bus routes operated by … Read entire article »

Filed under: Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Durham, Maps, Public Comment Opportunity, Public Transit

Dream Up Downtown Walk in Chapel Hill / Carrboro Tomorrow

Dream Up Downtown Walk in Chapel Hill / Carrboro Tomorrow

Are you free tomorrow evening, March 31st? If so, and you want to walk and talk city life,  I will be joining Molly DeMarco to lead a walking tour and discussion of Public Spaces in Downtown Chapel Hill and Carrboro as part of the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership’s “Dream Up Downtown” event series.The walk will begin at Peace and Justice Plaza (179 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill-in front of the downtown post office) at 6:30 … Read entire article »

Filed under: Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Events, Piazzas, Plazas, Parks and Squares, Street Design, Walking

Are the Carrboro Aldermen About to Waste A Significant Amount of Money?

Let’s hope not! But it’s hard to tell from tonight’s agenda packet if that’s the case or not. The Town is paying consulting firm VHB what appears to be over $120,000 (the link loads a PDF, see page 4 of 5 for Planning Department Budget) to conduct the now-underway Carrboro Parking Study. That’s not the problem- this study has been needed for many years and is already producing some good information about the real (and imaginary) access and parking challenges that downtown Carrboro faces. But one would think that before the town makes any additional major decisions about parking in Downtown, we would wait to see the results of that study to make sure that any actions taken are both in keeping with a broader, strategic goal and also, the best … Read entire article »

Filed under: Carrboro, Parking

The Difference Between Space for Parking and Space for People

The Difference Between Space for Parking and Space for People

This is a quick look at how much more space cars take up than people, visualized. While the context here is a street, think of it as a parking lot for a moment. Then, as you think about how to enhance what we love about downtown Carrboro, think about whether we need to focus on providing more parking downtown, or improving other ways to get there.  See you tonight at the Carrboro Parking kickoff! … Read entire article »

Filed under: Auto Traffic, Biking, Carrboro, Parking, Public Transit, Street Design

Carrboro Parking Study Needs Your Input Thursday Eve (Feb 11th)

Carrboro Parking Study Needs Your Input Thursday Eve (Feb 11th)

If you care about having choices in how to get to and enjoy downtown Carrboro, it is very important that you attend the Carrboro Parking Study Kickoff Meeting at Carrboro Elementary school Thursday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. I’ll be there to share a simple message, and I invite you to join me to reinforce it.  That message is: I apologize for going large font on everyone, but really, this is the heart of the matter. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Auto Traffic, Biking, Carrboro, Culture, Parking, Pricing, Tourism, Walking

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

2015 Year End Stats for CityBeautiful21

2015 Year End Stats for CityBeautiful21

Well, as we approach the New Year, I decided to take a look through the site stats for CityBeautiful21, a project I still very much believe in but have far less time to spend on than I would like. Anyway- here’s the annual rundown, with a few comparisons to the first annual rundown from 2013: Eight (only 8!) total posts: less than one per month on average. Aargh. I hope to do better in 2016. I … Read entire article »

Filed under: Administration, Data