'No trespassing' signs don't stop bikers, walkers on RDU property
Posted June 8
Morrisville, N.C. — Biking groups held a meeting Thursday evening on the disputed land along Old Reedy Creek Road.
Raleigh-Durham International Airport owns the property, and RDU officials say bikers and walkers need to stay off of it.
No trespassing signs are posted around the area, but officials claim the number of people using the land is increasing. Cyclist, hikers and walkers frequent the area every day.
Biking groups are concerned RDU will move to develop the land.
Patrice Hughes is a dog-walker, who doesn't want to see that happen. She said she has been walking her dog in the area for 10 years.
"I like it just the way it is," Patrice Hughes said. "It is a great kept secret because the deterrent is the sign that says no trespassing. But the bikers are out here. The dog walkers are out here."
“Where else can you take your dog off of the leash and have great exercise?"
There is also a study proposed by county officials to explore creating a destination biking facility in that area.
Dave Anderson belongs to "Triangle Off Road Cyclist." His group and others are behind a push to make this land a place people can visit.
"It is trespassing, and it's unfortunate," Anderson said. "We are trying to solve that problem to help people come out fo the shadows and it not be an illegal activity."
But RDU officials said that coming on the property is illegal activity, and it's getting worse. Websites now promote trails made through the property.
A RDU spokesperson told WRAL that federal guidelines require the property be used to support the functions of the airport or create revenue for it.
"Our organization is not anti-airport," Anderson said. "We are not anti-business."
Anderson and others think a destination park or cycling center could be a positive for everyone. They are worried the land could be developed in other ways, and it could be lost.
"I think they should just leave it alone," Hughes said. "That's why I come out here. Why ruin a good thing?"