urgent help needed fr North Charlotte bike lanes!


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.


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).
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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


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/

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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.

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


Angel Rollins
Assistant Facility Manager
College of Veterinary Medicine
Laboratory Animal Resources
4700 Hillsborough Street
Raleigh NC 27606

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! :)

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


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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.


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

Richard Klaus

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.

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