Feedback Needed to Develop New NC Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan with NCDOT

August 1, 2012

We all talk amongst ourselves about wanting to stand up for bikes and that cycling as transportation or recreation is important to us. There is now a chance to give the North Carolina Department of Transportation your two cents on the matter!

The N.C. Department of Transportation is in the process of developing a new statewide pedestrian and bicycle plan – and it is seeking the public’s help to craft a vision for the future of biking and walking in North Carolina.The plan, which will be developed by the department’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Division, in collaboration with state agencies and regional, private and industry stakeholders, will examine how to create a safer pedestrian and bicycle network that also benefits the state’s economy, public health and environment.

When completed, the plan will be among the most comprehensive of its kind in the nation.

Learn all about the plan at NCDOT’s website, and share your thoughts and ideas related to pedestrian and bicycle transportation at the plan’s online community forum – www.walkbikenc.com.

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QUICK UPDATES

June 5, 2012

Local, state and global

  • Thank you corporate donors  ! – Recent renewals in include Queen City Cycles (Bart Stetler, owner), Gutter Shutter Company (Jeff Viscount, owner), the Hawley Company and Bicycle Sport (Ben Cooley, owner).
  • Mark your calendar – first time ever – North Carolina bike ped Summit – in Raleigh – October 13. Details forthcoming. Sponsored in part by CABA’s partnering organization –  NCATA (North Carolina Active Transportation Alliance).
  • News Flash: Possible merger of 3 top national bike advocacy organizations –  CABA member Geoff Steele sent us this one. the Alliance for Bicycling and Walking (ABW), Bikes Belong and the League of American Bicyclists (LAB ) are currently negotiating a way to become one entity, but how or if this happens willl not be finalized until late 2012.
  • Daimler/Mercedes Benz rolls out the Smart eBike. Yes, it’s official. As a pedelec (Pedal Electric Cycle) the smart ebike is strictly speaking a hybrid: the electric motor – a maintenance-free rear-wheel hub motor from BionX – switches on as soon as the rider starts pedalling, as with a normal bicycle. Muscle power is transmitted to the rear wheel via a lubricant-free, durable and quiet belt drive. An integrated three-speed gear hub enables simple gear changing. Will this be the next stage of evolution for urban global cycling ? CLICK: Ebike for details.
  • We wish you a speedy recovery ! – Chris Gladora and James Stewart are on the mend from recent crashes on the sometimes not-so-friendly streets of Charlotte. Our sympathies, and we hope to see you back on your two-wheelers soon !

PEOPLE AND HAPPENINGS

February 20, 2012

In and around Charlotte

  • Bike lanes coming to Uptown at S.Tryon overpassYes, for sure. The connector over I-277 should have lanes on both sides of the street and a widened sidewalk by December 31, of 2012 !
  • New Chairperson for BAC committeeJane Cacchione, CABA Advisory Board member and a key player on the local bike scene has  replaced CABA member Dick Winters. The Bicycle Advisory Committee advises the Mayor, City Council and County Council on bicycle policy and related isssues. Chris Gladora, also a CABA member, is the latest appointee. Welcome aboard Chris.
  • CABA to meet with NCDOT in Raleigh In case you didn’t know, Paul Morris is the recently appointed Deputy Director of NCDOT (that’s about as good as it gets) and he oversees the entire bicycle and pedestrian planning staff. We hope to team up with other NC bike advocates to talk about the crisis in bike funding in the U.S. Congress and the NC “Complete the Streets” guidelines now under final review.
  • Solar panels on roof of IKEA – Thanks to Mary Hopper, University City Partners, who sent us this item. Yes, IKEA already has a huge set of bike racks, but they are now demonstrating further their commitment to the challenge of a new green economy. Panels should be in place later this year. Congratulations IKEA !
  • WANTED: Additional members to CABA Board of DirectorsThis is a real opportunity to contribute to the cause of safe and fun cycling for our community. We are especially interested in diversifying the board – women, minorities, young adults. Energy and enthusiasm a must ! Public relations skills, volunteer coordination,  fundraising talent, or social events coordination are key skill needs. Contact us and tell us who you are: charlottebikes@gmail.org.
  • District 5 Councilman John Autry  – John has been appointed chairperson of the Environmental Committee and member of the Transportation and Planning committee by Mayor Foxx. Both committees can have a huge impact on bicycling and walking in the Queen City. John is the first CABA member to be elected to public office in the Charlotte area.

COUNTDOWN – MS 150 RIDE !

September 17, 2011

Don’t forget the MS-Ride to the Beach 

Sept.- 25-26. Time is running out ! 

To register, pick the length of ride you want, overnight lodgings at reduced rates, sag wagon, free food and entertainment. Help raise over $1 million ! Celebrate the 27th year of this ride. Thanks to Jeff Viscount, CABA Board of Advisor member, and the legions of volunteers for all their hard work making this happen every year. CLICK: MS-150 to register


U.S. CYCLING CENTER BREAKS GROUND

March 25, 2011

Velodrome in Rock Hill

From Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine – Construction begins this month on the U.S. Cycling Center in Rock Hill, S.C. A world-class facility for five different cycling disciplines on a 1,000-acre site situated on the edge of the Catawba River. There will b 7 miles of singletrack, a cyclocross track, a 1.5-mile paved criterium course, a BMX Supercross track, and a 250-meter concrete velodrome. Velodromes are cycling tracks with 42-degree banked walls. They’re popular in Europe, but almost non-existent in the Southeast.

CABA Board of Advisor member, and founder of 24 Hours of Booty, Spencer Lueders, has played a key role an making this project a reality. Much thanks to Spencer and his peers ! And thanks to Andrew Israel for bringing this to our attention. Rock Hill council members are convinced that a comprehensive cycling center will attract two-wheelers and their wallets. For more info CLICK: Velodrome.


2011 NCDOT SAFETY SUMMIT

March 13, 2011

First time in a decade

Martin Zimmerman, Exec. Director of CABA joined Dick Winters, Dennis Rash (former member of Advisory Board to the NC Dept. of Transportation and Exec. in Residence at UNCC) , Ken Tippette and other local and state advocates and agency reps. met at the Government Center this month to discuss and rank issues such as: lack of funding, facilities and enforcement, culture clash between motorists and non-motorists,  poor land planning and sprawl, etc. to reach some sort of consensus on the challenges ahead. More info coming later. Contact CABA to read the Summit outcomes.


RECKLESS HOMICIDE IN S.C.

March 7, 2011

Charges rendered against driver

Cyclist’s death. Ten years in prison. Last month, the man who drove into a pack of 15 cyclists was charged with reckless homicide, which brings a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a mandatory five-year revocation of his driver’s licensae. After months of working with Charleston attorney Peter Wilborn of mybikelaw, a verdict was finally reached. Peter works in tandem with Charlotte attorney and CABA member Ann Groninger. He was guest speaker at the CABA annual picnic a few years ago.

The victim died after months in a coma. He was 38 years old. The group ride was a regular Friday night social that departed from Outspokin’ Bicycles in Augusta. at 6:40 p.m. NOTE: This news item borrowed in part from the League of American Bicyclists website.