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Thursday, February 12th, 2009
2:35 pm
[outunderstars]
urgent help needed fr North Charlotte bike lanes!

Friends,

Town of Huntersville Transportation Planner, Bill Coxe, described the on-going planning efforts for the subject roadway widening:

Currently, NCDOT's plans are for 12 -14 travel lanes, with the 14-foot outside lane being the "accommodation" for cyclists (think Providence Road). Speed limits are proposed to be 45 mph and up. Volumes of motor vehicles are projected to be high (see attachment).

This is completely contrary to the plan for NC73, which was adopted by the Town of Huntersville in 2005 or 2006 and partially funded by and participated in by NCDOT. An excerpt of the adopted plan is attached. The adopted plan calls for 35mph speeds, 11-foot motor vehicle lanes, and 5-foot bike lanes.

It is also contrary to public feedback on NC73 in the Town of Huntersville Greenways & Bikeways Plan (adopted 2007; see Town of Huntersville website). That plan, however, does not provide a specific recommendation for facility type on NC73, but does indicate that it is a Tier 1 (high priority) corridor for bicycle accomodations.

Finally, it is contrary to a meeting of area cyclists and bicycle/pedestrian professionals that was held with NCDOT and Town of Huntersville staff in the spring of 2007, at which time the focus group clearly recommeded bike lanes for this roadway.

According to Bill, the NCDOT Bike/Ped Division is pushing for wide outside lanes vs. bike lanes or even other alternatives for a bike facility parallel to a highway. Also, NCDOT is unwilling to go below 12 foot travel lanes. Bill said NCDOT's Bike/Ped divisions' position is that since it is going to be such a high volume, high speed corridor that bike lanes would not be appropriate. To me that begs the question of why 1) speeds are going to be allowed to be so high through this urbanized section; and 2) why a more context appropriate and more comprehensive approach to facilitating bicycle travel on this important corridor is not being considered.

It is worth noting that there is a proposed commuter rail station at the eastern end of the proposed widening, so bicycle access will be important for neighborhoods along this corridor. Bike lanes are also recommended on a Town of Huntersville adopted plan for US21, which intersects the proposed widening at the western end.

Organized advocacy from the area's bicycling community and other interested parties needs to focus on NCDOT and the Town of Huntersville.

Can you all organize letter writing campaigns from your respective organizations and/or other groups that you can think of to:

A. Tom Norman, Director, NCDOT Bike/Ped Division:  tnorman@ncdot.gov; (919) 807-0771

 

B. Marion Cowell, NCDOT Board of Transportation:  Marion A. Cowell, Jr. P. O. Box 36012

Charlotte, NC 28236 704-562-1049 (B)

Fax 704-338-5125

Email: cowellm@aol.com

 

C. Copy Bill Coxe, Town of Huntersville; bcoxe@ Huntersville.org

 

D. Copy me or the Martin Zimmerman of CABA so we have a record of correspondence.


I think the ASKs at this point include:

1. Honor the adopted plans for the corridor

2. That NCDOT andTown consider a more appropriate and comprehensive approach to accommodating cyclists and pedestrians in the corridor, including the crossing of NC73 & I-77, which is currently under study;

3. and that a meeting with the cycling community is in order. 

There will be a public hearing on the project on February 26th at 6pm at Huntersville Town Hall. Broad attendance from the cycling community at this event would also be helpful.


Thanks for your help.

 

Monday, February 2nd, 2009
3:31 pm
[outunderstars]
What would like to see more of in bike shops
What kind of bikes, accessories, etc would make you excited to come across in a shop?
Monday, November 10th, 2008
1:33 pm
[cerise_caryatid]
Franklin area mtn bikers?
Are there any Franklin (Macon County) area mountain bikers on here? I'm from just across the state line in Georgia, but do a lot of business in Franklin, too, so I'm up that way a lot.

What are the best trails in Western North Carolina? I found a web site (dirtworld.com/trails) that lists a lot of trails, but for most of them, there's no real information except directions and trail length unless people have left reviews (and most times those are sketchy).

Current Mood: mellow
Friday, May 30th, 2008
12:28 am
[aggressiveunit]
To anyone who's up for it
Asheville's 5th Annual World Naked Bike Ride is happening on June 14th 2008, as an experience of fundamental freedom, the fun of cycling, and to draw attention to skyrocketing price of oil and our need to find alternative fuels and ways of living.

Clothing is optional - get fully naked or just ride topless. Toplessness is legal in the city of Asheville for men and women, although people ride fully nude every year and so far there have been no arrests. Join the fun! It'll be an experience to remember forever. Do something crazy before you kick it.


Saturday, June 14, 2008
Meet at 1 PM, French Broad Food Co-op, Biltmore Ave, leave promptly at 2pm


Sites:

Info: http://newfrontier.com/asheville/naked/

Organizing: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nakedbike/ (organizing meetings also taking place Monday, June 2, 7 PM and Monday June 9, 7 PM at Malaprop's)

Global site: http://www.worldnakedbikeride.org/
Sunday, May 25th, 2008
7:51 pm
[xforthebestx]
THESE DOGS WILL BE PUT IN A TERMINAL (LETHAL) TEST IF NOT ADOPTED BY MAY 30TH. IF YOU CAN'T ADOPT, CAN YOU FOSTER A DOG TO GIVE THEM MORE TIME? FORWARD WIDELY.

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Hey all -
This email was forwarded to me this morning. If anyone can foster, or give a permanent home to these dogs, I can arrange to get to dogs to you, help out with financial expenses, help you find permanent homes for them, etc. The email is below.

-Stephanie cell: 513.240.5399

All -
Laboratory Animal Resources at the Vet School has 9 dogs
available to be adopted out immediately.

These dogs have been offered before and we had no takers. These dogs will go to a terminal (fatal) study if we do not have any takers before May 30th.

We would much rather see these dogs, who have given so much to research, go to a good home to live out the rest of their lives but can not keep them here any longer.

Please
contact me before May 30th if you are interested.

See link below for pictures:

ID# Name Sex Breed Age/ DOB

79131 Fallon F Retriever mix 5 yrs


83741 Isabelle F Foxhound 6 yrs


84522 Jacqueline F Beagle 1/30/02


61932 April F Lab mix 6-8 yrs


83740 Ikester M Foxhound 6 yrs


96348 Dabney FS Small mongrel 8/8/04


96349 Talley FS Small mongrel 8/24/04


96352 Carter MC Med mongrel 8/4/04


96354 Doak MC Med mongrel 8/4/04


http://www4.ncsu.edu/~lnshewmo/dogs/index.html

Angel Rollins
Assistant Facility Manager
College of Veterinary Medicine
Laboratory Animal Resources
4700 Hillsborough Street
Raleigh NC 27606
919-513-6340(phone)
Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007
7:15 pm
[cheshire_house]
safety reminder
Obvious to us bikers, I know...but remember sunset and darkness creeps up QUICK at the moment.
I've been noticing how many drivers haven't adjusted to this...things like no headlights even after dark are frighteningly common at the moment.

Keep your head/taillights burning/flashing/strobing and watch your backs, everybody.

Safe riding! :)
Sunday, October 21st, 2007
9:54 pm
[xforthebestx]
RACE
race this weekend! Raleigh, NC!

Thursday, August 30th, 2007
7:13 am
[etroutski]
Cycle North Carolina 2007

-Cycle North Carolina will be here soon. Anyone else riding this year?  It looks like a great ride this year, ending at the Outer Banks.

-The 2007 Cycle North Carolina "Mountains to the Coast" ride will be held September 29 to October 6. The ride will begin in West Jefferson and end in Currituck/Outer Banks with an optional ferry ride to Knotts Island. 

-The 2007 overnight towns are: West Jefferson, Elkin, Greensboro, Mebane, Louisburg, Roanoke Rapids, Edenton and Currituck/Outer Banks

http://www.ncsports.org/nccyclemain.php

Sunday, April 22nd, 2007
5:13 pm
[fearingtheart]
Are there any Asheville riders out there? I'm fairly positive that a move there is going to be happening for me in about 6 weeks. It'd be cool to know there are some like-minded individuals up there that I can hang with.

jenn
Friday, December 1st, 2006
1:49 am
[outunderstars]
This sickens me
Cyclist murdered by driver who was downloading ringtones. The Driver was fined a $1000 and has to go to driver's school.

"The 25-year-old former Champaign resident, a University of Illinois mechanical engineering graduate working for Caterpillar in Peoria, died on Sept. 8 from head injuries he received Sept. 2 when Stark hit him with her car because she was downloading ring tones to her cell phone instead of paying attention to driving."

In case any of you are interested Little Miss Ringtone has a myspace page! 

She kills a man, then blogs about her dating life. 


Here are some other email addresses that might interest you:

Julia Rietz
State's Attorney
statesatty(at)co(dot)champaign(dot)il(dot)us

Richard Klaus
Judge
circuitct(at)co(dot)champaign(dot)il(dot)us


I hope that you will all take a moment to also write your public officials.  Cyclists and pedestrians need more legal protections on the road.  If she had been drinking instead of downloading ringtones she would be facing life in prison.

crossposted like a mofo cuz I'm pissed.



Current Mood: infuriated
Tuesday, November 28th, 2006
1:16 am
[cheshire_house]
recovery update
I'm getting discharged from the hospital tomorrow morning! (tuesday)

I'm still a bit of a wreck, but I'm getting out of here and on to private life/recovery.
I have a foot-long incision down my spine that has to have dressing changes and at some point the staples and sutures removed. My right leg doesn't function normally due to extensive nerve damage, and there are still numb spots in that foot. I, ah...how to put this, have to retrain my bodily functions to work properly (muscle control).
At least a trainer using a comfort-style bike gets to be part of my physical therapy. :D

I'm going to have some wicked scars, though. I think this will satisfy my tattoo cravings for a while. The deeper road rash scars spider out from the spine incision, and I've got the trademark heart surgery chest scar now. If anyone in western NC sees a car cut off a biker and the biker lifts his shirt while chewing out the driver...that might be me. :lol: It'll be a while, but this ain't keeping me off a bike.

Horrid to some, hilarious to others: my walker now (on one arm...not done yet.) sports dreamcicle orange Salsa bar tape on the grips.

Be safe out there, ya'll. Let's keep as many of us on the streets as possible.
Monday, November 20th, 2006
10:41 am
[etroutski]
cheshire_house   from Asheville was hit by by a fast moving, hit and run driver  
 about a month ago. 
-He's had emergency heart surgery to save his life and spine surgery. He was in a rehab hospital, 
 but had to return to the acute care hospital due to a resistant strain of staph infection in one of his 
 incisions.
-He is online, if anyone would like to drop him a note.

                    -trout</font></div></div>
Sunday, October 29th, 2006
5:09 pm
[etroutski]
Cycle North Carolina 2007

Odds and Ends

-This was my third C.N.C. and probably the easiest one. The route was pretty gentle, the weather was good, and the daily mileage was relatively short.

-We had a new CNC staff this year. They seemed to do a good job.

-I heard of a few wrecks; I didn't see any and wasn't involved in any.

-Around 1,000 people participated in various aspects of the ride. A six year old boy rode a tag-a-long behind his dad, pedalling all the way, and we had at least one rider who 83 years old. A blind woman rode as stoker on a tandem.

-I had a few people tell me that they had read my journal. Nimble Nate was recognized from last year's journal, as well. Someone actually accosted him for a statement that I quoted him on, comparing our country to 1930's Nazi Germany. Ha! He said,"You need to be careful about what you write about me!" I said, "Wait 'til you find out what you said this year!"

-I camped at E.I. on Saturday night and took the bus back to Banner Elk on Sunday. When we got back to Beech Mountain, where we had parked for the week, there were a couple of cars with windows busted out, which had been broken into. I think that CNC should attempt to provide SAFE parking for the week! I felt bad for the people who came back to discover their vehicles abused that way.

-I want to say thanks to Nimble Nate, Dennis and Kristin, David Tilley, Knut and Bjorn, Charles and the Duke gang, and everybody else who made this ride so enjoyable

5:02 pm
[etroutski]
Cycle North Carolina/Day 7

Kinston to Emerald Isle

Saturday October 7, 2006, 58 miles (93 km) - Total so far: 448 miles (721 km)

Despite the fact that it rained all night, it had stopped by six, when I crawled out of the tent for coffee. Again, the forecast called for rain, so we left early (around 7:00) to try to beat the rain. Dennis and Kristin had the train chuggin' hard, around 18 mph, despite the rough sections of cracked roads. Dennis was giving me pointers, along the way, on riding on flats in a paceline. We picked up Russ, from Asheville. The rest stops came and went. Before we knew it, we crossed the big bridge over the Intracosatal Waterway and were in Emerald Isle.

It was an anti-climatic finish at the Holiday Trav-L-Park. No cheering crowds, no kisses from pretty girls in yellow dresses. As a matter of fact, we were so early, that I had to help unload the trucks--what a bummer!

As always, we were treated to an end of ride party with chicken, fried fish, and draft beer. I spent the afternoon socializing, saying good-bye to friends, and making plans for future rides.

Tuesday, October 24th, 2006
11:04 am
[etroutski]
Cycle North Carolina/Day Six

Smithfield to Kinston

Friday October 6, 2006, 70 miles (113 km) - Total so far: 390 miles (628 km)

I left camp with Dennis and Kristin; we rode in to town and ate breakfast at a diner. The forecast called for rain, and it looked like it could break loose at any time. We cruised along on flat roads, mired in the odiferous aromas of the numerous hog and turkey farms which we passed. The fact that we were averaging 17.5 mph didn't seem to alleviate the smell. Outside of Kinston, a pick-up ran a stop sign and almost hit Dennis. We yelled, he stopped in the middle of the road, and Dennis had to swerve off to the right to avoid the collision. The driver just wasn't paying attention; we were the only thing on the road, and he didn't see us?

We arrived in Kinston and found camp at the Neuseway Nature Park. As the name suggests, it is on the Neuse River,which figures prominently in the geography of the eastern part of North Carolina. I was able to get my tent up before the rain hit. When it did come, it rained hard. I went to the shower truck and received an ice cold reception! I later found out that the other trucks had hot water, I was just lucky (stupid) enough to use the cold one! I was so cold at this point,(it was still raining) that I went back to my tent and wrapped up in my sleeping bag.

We caught a shuttle into town and ate Chinese food at the House of Wang. Janis from Wisconsin joined us for dinner. Janis told us that she is attempting to do rides in all fifty states, she has sixteen under her belt at this point. We asked her about various rides and she told us about seeing Robin Williams on RAGBRAI, one year.

As we were eating, Dennis said that he thought that he saw Nimble Nate ride by. I put a call through to him and left a message. Later he called and told us that he was the official last rider into camp! This is what happened:

Nimble Nate stayed with his buddy the previous night after attending
the NC State vs. Florida State game. NC State won in overtime, so it was
the wee hours of the morning before NN got to sleep. NN arrived back
to camp around 8:30 the next morning. As he drove up to camp, he saw
the luggage trucks heading down the road. NN chased the truck down and
got them to stop so he could throw his luggage on the truck.
Unfortunately, his helmet must have been on the truck, so he didn't
have it to put on his head. He rode without it. At some point,
officials from CNC noticed that he was riding without a helmet, and
said, "No helmet,no longer on this ride." NN was able to borrow a helmet
from somebody, maybe a SAG wagon driver, so he was allowed back in the
ride. Being in the back of the pack, NN got to meet all the 'back of the
pack' riders. They laughed, they joked, they partied, and they had a big
time. Nimble Nate arrived in camp around 5:30.

Monday, October 23rd, 2006
8:21 pm
[cheshire_house]
time for a ghost bike project
I got hit-and-run a couple of weeks here in asheville. I'm still in hospital, but am on my way to revovery.

I just found out some scary news: this month, there have been 4 hit-and-run bike vs cars...and I'm the only survivor.
I say it's time for a ghost bike campaign. I've got a couple of scrappers myself that I'm going to use for where I got hit.

Who's in?

Current Mood: indescribable
Saturday, October 21st, 2006
11:11 am
[etroutski]
Cycle North Carolina/Day Five

Holly Springs to Smithfield

Thursday October 5, 2006, 52 miles (84 km) - Total so far: 320 miles (515 km)

Nimble Nate was up and ready to go this morning. We passed by the first rest stop and pulled in to a Bojangle's for breakfast. I was disappointed that I didn't see any one dancing (you know,"I met a man, Bojangle, and he'd dance for you"). We wound our way through the Campbell University campus (home of the Fightin' Camels). The road consisted of short rollers and was flanked by cotton and tobacco fields. I joined Dennis and Kristen in downtown Smithfield for lunch. I ate a big lunch salad; Nimble Nate left to go to an NC State game in Raleigh.

We set up camp in a big treeless field in the blazing sun at Johnston Community College. Dennis said, "Look out for fire ants," and, indeed, it was fire ant country. There were mounds interspersed throughout the area; we had to scout the area pretty hard to set up in a safe location. The port-a-john numbers were inadequate, and I could envision long lines in the morning. The showers were good and hot, though. I guess I've camped in worse conditions on CNC.

The shuttle stop schedule was pretty bogus. They would take you to an Outlet Mall (who wants to shop on tour?) or to downtown. I asked about BBQ, since Smithfield is known for its BBQ:

"Sure," they said, "we have great BBQ."
"Does your shuttle take us there?"
"Well,no..."

David called the local police department and asked for a good place to eat BBQ. They recommended the White Swan. Dennis, Kristin, David, and I split a cab to the little restaurant on the outskirts of town and had the best BBQ of the trip. They call this BBQ southern-style. We sat around and entertained each other with bear and snake stories, while people streamed in and out, getting to-go orders to take home for supper.

The taxi driver who carried us back to town told us how he was a recovering quadraplegic. He injured himself in a fall and suffered edema on his spinal cord in the C-spine. He'd been in recovery for four years and had regained much of his ability to function. It was inspiring to hear his story. When we got to town, we hung out in a coffee shop and told each other more bear and snake stories.

Friday, October 20th, 2006
9:48 am
[etroutski]
Cycle North Carolina/Day Four

Burlington to Holly Springs

Wednesday October 4, 2006, 69 miles (111 km) - Total so far: 268 miles (431 km)

I left camp this morning around 7:30. Nimble Nate was still in bed. I quickly met up with Dennis and Kristen in the cool morning fog. As I mentioned before, Dennis and Kristin are from Carlilse, Pa. Dennis works in dairy (which comes in handy if you want to know the difference between Cool Whip and whipped cream) and Kristin is a piano teacher.They were doing the optional century, so they were riding at a good pace.

Before long, we picked up Mark, from New York, and continued to ride like hell. Mark is a huge guy, a big hammer; he looks like Hulk Hogan and is built like Arnold Schwarzenegger. These three pulled me over the rolling hills, we were among the first riders to each of the rest stops. At mile 39, we crossed the Haw River on an old closed bridge. At mile 63, I parted company with the three maniacs; they were going on to pursue the century, and I was heading to camp. I was one of the first riders to arrive at Parish Womble park in Holly Springs. I snagged a nice campsite in the shade, ate a hot dog, and jumped in the shower.

That evening, Charles, Dennis, Kristin, and I caught the shuttle into town. We got off the bus at a shopping center and were enthusiastically greeted by a scantily-clad, blonde play-mate, who encouraged us to dine at the Beer Gardens. She said that they had put on extra staff, and "were ready for us."
Who were we to argue? David, a cop from Thomasville, joined us for dinner. I had a good NY Strip with portabellas and finished it off with ice cream.

When we returned to camp, we were serenaded with a loud beach band, who were going full-tilt boogy. It sounded like a fun party, but I crawled into my tent and went night-night.

Wednesday, October 18th, 2006
9:35 am
[etroutski]
Cycle North Carolina/Day Three
Clemmons to Burlington
Tuesday October 3, 2006, 69 miles (111 km) - Total so far: 199 miles (320 km)

Today was the day of the great rest stops. The town Of Thomasville provided us with the most gracious welcome that I've ever had. The mayor greeted us all as we got off our bikes and shook our hands. A grandmother dressed in purple hugged us, volunteers gave us massages, and we were served delicious hot soup by the Community Kitchen to ward off the cool temperatures.

Nimble Nate's mom and dad met us at the third rest stop. His folks' home is in this area and his third grade teaching assistant was among the volunteers. I met up with my friends, the Duke Gang, at the fourth stop. They are all R.N.s who work together at Duke; Charles, Amy, Heather,and John. John's eleven year old son, Jonas, was also riding. We rode together to the final rest stop at Homeland Creamery and sampled some tasty free ice cream.

Camp that night was at Lake MacKintosh in Burlington. Again the facility itself was nice, but there was a big faux pas with the arrangement of the shower trucks. There was no city water to hook to, the connections to the pumper truck were different sizes, blah, blah, blah. In other words, forget it. So, jump in the lake, right? Wrong, the park allowed no swimming! I took a sink bath in one of the bathrooms on the grounds. Stuff happens, learn to expect the unexpected, etc.

Nimble Nate's folks showed up at camp as we were waiting for the shower trucks, and we went to town with them. We ended up at Sal's Italian restaurant and I had an angel hair pasta and shrimp dinner which was scrumptious. The building itself was actually being re-roofed at the time and dinner was accompanied by pounding and hammering. When I returned to camp, I sat on the grass by the lakeside and listened to good local bluegrass music. It was another perfect evening on CNC.........
Thursday, October 12th, 2006
9:45 pm
[etroutski]
Cycle North Carolina/Day Two
Wilkesboro to Clemmons
Monday October 2, 2006, 61 miles (98 km) - Total so far: 130 miles (209 km)

Cycle North Carolina got off to a foggy and cool start this morning, but it did turn into a beautiful day to ride. Me and about nine hundred and fifty other nuts and misfits cruised through the rolling countryside, leaving Wilkesboro behind in our wake. Our first rest stop of the morning was at the Raffaldini winery, where you could purchase wine by the bottle at 9:00 in the morning! We did get our obligatory PB&J sandwiches at the second rest stop, though.

I rode with several different people during the ride through the back roads, passing fields of tobacco and soybeans. I always enjoy the social aspect of the tour, meeting new people from various places and seeing old friends from earlier rides. Cyclists are indeed nuts and misfits, dreamers and philosophers. Who else in this day and age would think that it's fun to ride bicycles cross-country, sleep in tents at night, and use port-a-johns for calls of nature? I must say that I'm proud to be a member of this sub-species!

Rolling into Clemmons we did encounter some hostile and aggressive traffic. I guess that I'm spoiled living in Franklin where people are more apt to wave at you as they pass than to try to crowd you off the road. We did experience one psycho woman who travelled down several miles of road, holding down her horn button and yelling at us to get off the road. As she slowed beside me, to give me her opinion of bicycles as unacceptable modes of transportation, I noticed that she not only had a cigarette in one hand, but what looked like a mixed drink in the other. After ten minutes or so, I heard the horn coming again. She actually made another pass at us--this time with her bird finger in full flight! I laughed so hard at her that I almost fell off my bike.

We somehow made it to Tanglewood Park (just barely) without being maimed or killed by the hostile Clemmons drivers. The park was nice, a great setting for camp. It seemed to be a country club type of place, and I don't think they knew what they were getting into by allowing a bohemian crowd of cyclists to invade. Between the tents, laundry hanging in the bushes and trees, and bicycles scattered everywhere, the golfers must have been horrified. Poor things!

Nimble Nate was excited to take us to one of his favorite BBQ restaurants. So we jumped on the shuttle with Knut, Bjorn, Dennis, and Kristen, for a trip to Little Richard's. The great tasting Lexington-style BBQ was an excellent way to end the day!
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