Posts Tagged ‘bike plan’

When Will Avent Ferry Road Paving be Done?

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

It seems to be dragging on doesn’t it? Getting Avent Ferry Road resurfaced. I jokingly say the road is better now then when it was covered with potholes. And it’s slowing cars down too. But there is hope. And I’m pretty sure, when the asphalt has cooled and the paint has dried, we’ll have a better road. In fact, parts of Avent Ferry are getting a “road diet” as the engineers like to say. The cyclists are popping wheelies!

Avent Ferry Road

Avent Ferry Road

I originally contacted some good folks over at the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) to see if (more…)

Advocates Educate on Sharrows (Additional Resources)

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

We talked last week about Sharrows Coming to Raleigh. This week, we’ve discovered additional information and a few resources that are helping to education both cyclists and motorist about sharrows. In fact, the paint is drying as you read this, in some area’s of the Triangle.

An article posted on the Go Traingle Wordpess blog,  Ride this way! Sharrows popping up in Raleigh and Cary! tells us about the criteria on where sharrows can be placed: (more…)

Sharrows Coming to Raleigh

Friday, August 6th, 2010

I was reading an article on the Raleigh Public Record summarizing some of the efforts on Raleigh’s approach to improving bike amenities throughout the city, ‘Sharrows’ to make city more bike-friendly, when I thought about our part of town. I briefly mentioned my vision for sharrows on Lineberry Drive in this article, but didn’t really take the time to articulate where or why.

The Raleigh Public Record article called sharrows a “9-foot-long reminder to share the road.” And that is what my vision for Linberry Drive would accomplish.

Example of a sharrow

Example of a sharrow, Source: http://streetswiki.wikispaces.com/Sharrow

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Is NCDOT destroying Avent Ferry Road?

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Anyone who has been down Avent Ferry Road during the past two weeks might have noticed the road is in the process of being resurfaced; to the price tag of $4 million dollars. I’m super stoked about the project, as I avoided the pot-hole laden, right-hand, North bound lane like the plague before the project started. I imagine that frequent users of Avent Ferry welcome the resurfacing project as well.

You might remember in an earlier interview with Eric Lamb, Transportation Services Division, City of Raleigh Public Works Department, he told us that Avent Ferry Road was scheduled for resurfacing this summer. I would argue that NCDOT, the authority responsible for Avent Ferry Road maintenance, is missing a huge opportunity to improve the road and make it a complete street, satisfying much needed pedestrian amenities and making it safer for pedestrians crossing a five-lane road. (more…)

New Ped and Bike Map Shows Raleigh’s Progress

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

A new interactive map that overlays existing Google Maps has been published on the web, showing the future of Raleigh’s bike system. In our case, the future seems far away.  The site takes the existing Google bike layer, which includes other Triangle spots like Durham and Cary, and lets the user add different layers of Raleigh’s bike plan.

Don’t take my word for it. Go see for yourself and check out the different layers and future bike plans at (more…)

Eric Lamb Talks Raleigh Rail, Resurfacing Avent Ferry, and More

Monday, April 12th, 2010

I got a chance to catch up with Eric Lamb, Manager, Transportation Services Division, City of Raleigh Public Works Department or as I like to call him, guru of all things transit-related. If he doesn’t know the answer to something, he’ll be sure to find out. Eric is probably one of the most outgoing and knowledgeable city staffers I’ve had the pleasure of working with. When I asked him to do a five questions interview for the blog, he was on it. I was curious about a few things from all the chatter about rail in Raleigh to Neighborhood Traffic Management (does this mean speed bumps on your neighborhood streets?). Let’s see what Eric has to say:

Image provided by Eric Lamb

Image provided by Eric Lamb

1) There is a lot of talk about rail. Is the City of Raleigh ready for rail? What are the current financing options being discussed?

First, some full disclosure: I love trains.  When I travel to other cities, I spend part of my free time exploring their transit systems (and my generous family puts up with me).  I recently had the pleasure of exploring the London Underground system, which was both spectacular and overwhelming.  (more…)