Raleigh aims to be bike-friendly

Posted September 18, 2010

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— Raleigh has set the wheels in motion to become a more bicycle-friendly city.

Dedicated bike lanes were added to Avent Ferry Road during a recent resurfacing project as part of the first phase of a plan the city adopted last year.

"I think that's good, because that is for my safety," North Carolina State University graduate student Menglong Hu said.

Hu said that he makes about 20 trips to and from N.C. State on a bike each week.

"It's green, it's healthy, and the main idea is that I still don't have enough money to buy my car," he said.

The city of Raleigh has dedicated $500,000 and secured a $1 million federal grant toward the initiative to make the capital city safer for bicyclists.

The goal is to "promote and accommodate cycling as an alternative form of transportation," said Eric Lamb, Raleigh's manager of transportation services.

The city has identified 400 miles of city streets for bicycle-friendly improvements. In the first phase, bike lanes are being added in conjunction with re-surfacing projects.

"N.C. State is seen as an important area, because you have a high concentration of folks who don't always have cars and use bikes as an alternative," Lamb said.

The city will also focus on downtown Raleigh and routes from Raleigh to downtown.

"Hopefully, folks will feel more comfortable getting out on their bikes," Lamb said.


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  • bakervarr Sep 24, 2010

    Really? You guys are serious? You are that angry at cyclist? I am a cyclist and an automobile driver..I pay taxes so paying an extra tax for all the damage my bike is doing to the road is crazy... Why are you labeling the few that can't bike within the laws as "all cyclist" I don't label all car drivers as "drunk drivers, or people that text while driving, careless drivers" that would be foolish. It seems the problem is people that are just angry by nature and when they get behind. Lighten up you'll get to work... you'll make it home for dinner...what's a couple of minutes to be safer...relax..

  • TechRescue Sep 21, 2010

    My Note to the governor: Upon payment of said tax, cyclists should be entitled to ALL of the rights of motor vehicles, including full use of the lane and citations issued to any motorist that passes them in a area where they would be ticketed for passing a motor vehicle.

  • fishon Sep 20, 2010

    My note to the governor:
    Please consider having those riding bikes on our highways pay a road use tax and require registration and a road test to ride them on the highway. On too many occasions I have seen adult bike riders breaking the very laws they expect motor vehicles operators to follow, endangering themselves and others.

  • kjwjiw Sep 20, 2010

    Thank you very much overtime for that link...consider it done!

  • sezme Sep 20, 2010

    OK, let's deal with it people. Everyone that want's bikers to pay a tax and have to register there bikes to ride them on the highway, send the Governor a email telling her so.

  • kjwjiw Sep 20, 2010

    I am most happy to "share the road" with any fully insured and inspected moving vehicle that pays enough taxes to build and maintain their fair share of said roads. I also expect that the operator comply with ALL current traffic laws INCLUDING minimum speed limits and the use of DOT approved riding gear and lighting....Otherwise you are just kids playing in the streets designed and paid for by automobiles!

  • Karmageddon Sep 20, 2010

    I was passed by a friendly biker several times this morning in downtown Raleigh....every time I stopped for a red light he passed me

  • flyingcheetah92 Sep 20, 2010

    Unfortunately for everyone here who dislikes people who have a healthy lifestyle, bikes have just as much right to the road as your car does so it is probably in your best interest to just deal with it.

  • prayn4daylight Sep 20, 2010

    Roads should be for motor vehicles only - bike riders should go to a park if they want to ride a bike

  • sezme Sep 20, 2010

    I get my exercise in the gym where it's safe. Anyone that rides a bike on the road must have a death wish. Read the news. Walking or riding on the highway these days are dangerous.