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Raleigh riders want shared wheels on shared roads

Posted April 2, 2014
Updated April 3, 2014

— The City of Raleigh is considering the benefits of a bicycle-sharing program, an idea that avid riders say is a great way to improve fitness and help the environment.

"I think it's a great idea," said Chris Ragland, who rides for work. He is a deliveryman for Jimmy John's in downtown Raleigh.

"I've seen it work in other cities that are little bit bigger, but Raleigh is growing," he said.

The program being considered by City Council would site bikes at shared locations around the city and allow residents to borrow and return them.

"The idea is to convert some of these really short trips that are a little prohibitive for walking into these bike trips," said Eric Lamb, manager of the city's Office of Transportation Planning.

City planners cited improved public fitness, foot traffic to local businesses and improved access to existing transit systems among the potential boons of a bike share.

"It will boost the economy, people will want to visit here, come downtown, rent a bike, ride around a little while," Ragland said.

He also noted benefits of bike share even for those who choose to drive.

"I think that motorists have a vested interest in it because it creates more parking spaces (and) reduces pollution," he said.

Lamb said the payoff would be worth the cost of implementation and maintenance, especially in an area with a growing population. 

"The roads are for everybody," he said. "They're for cars, they're for bikes, they're for buses, they’re for pedestrians. What we do is seek a level playing field for all those modes and make sure they work harmoniously and seamlessly together." 

Residents can chime in online, at www.bikeraleigh.org/bikeshare, in person at a forum April 10 at 6 p.m. in Cobblestone Hall, 215 Wolfe St. in City Market, or by calling the Office of Transportation Planning at 919-996-2155.




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  • independent_thinker Apr 4, 2014

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    Except, that's not what the law says, so get over it.

    The irony here is that the "efficient/common sense" cheerleaders are advocating for our current system of moving a single human occupant with a vehicle that weighs 20 times more than the average citizen.

    While I participate in the current system, I also know that it's unsustainable and inefficient.

    Given that Americans are on-the-whole overweight and inactive, commuting by bike also avoids driving to a gym - another incredibly ironic, inefficient activity for most.

  • Ashley Moore Apr 4, 2014
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    If I ride a bike to work, I'd smell awful. There are no showers at my job. Are people just supposed to work with smelly people?

  • Justic4All Apr 4, 2014

    Another give away program. The bikes will go the way of the smaller grocery carts, (disappear). If people want to ride bicycles they should buy one and the associated safety equipment. Can't wait for the law suits due to malfunctioning equipment causing crashes and injuries or just plain old crashes and injuries to riders and other personal property. The thought of what will go wrong is endless.

  • workingforthosethatwont Apr 4, 2014

    when you learn how to keep up with traffic at the posted speed limit, then we will talk. until then...........ride the trails

  • Rolling Along Apr 4, 2014

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    Gas taxes don't even come close to paying for 100% of the roads, the rest comes from the general fund, which is funded by sales taxes, income taxes and property taxes. Want to guess what cyclists pay? All of the above. When, if and only if cars and drivers pay 100% of road costs can they dictate the use of them.

  • Don Dickerson Apr 4, 2014
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    I can think of a LOT of headlines lately that might explain that. :/

  • Chad Hines Apr 4, 2014
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    About everyone who works downtown has to walk on a road or cross it at some point. Should all these folks be taxed extra as well?

  • TooMuchGovt Apr 4, 2014

    Roads are for pedestrians? Really? Try walking down the middle of any major road in town and see if the law defends your right to be walking there, if you survive. Capital Blvd. alone serves as a great example of how roads are not for pedestrians. Seems like several people a year get killed just trying to cross that road. Roads are for wheeled vehicles. Sidewalks are for pedestrians.

  • Vj Picotte Apr 4, 2014
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    MISSCHRIS234 has a lot to say, I bet this person generates a lot problems on the road.

  • Classified Apr 4, 2014

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    Sorry but moot point, Cyclists already have equal privilege on the road.