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Morgan creek trail expansion in Chapel Hill

The Morgan creek trail has been in place and heavily used by residents of Chapel Hill for some time.  The paths popularity is in spite of being isolated and lacking any connectivity at the ends.  Most people, wanting to enjoy this fine path must drive on a highway, and then park their cars in a lot that is often overflowing on weekends.  Families, living only a couple hundred yards away on either end, have no safe way to reach the greenway other than to drive there in a car.  

Town counter data backs up how popular this trail really is.  A counter, installed on the path last year, recorded an average of 307 trips per day on the trail over the last 329 days. A total of 101,297 trips in all. Most users of the trail pass the counter twice as they head in and out from the lot, so that is over 50 thousand trips in less than a year.

When I have run past the lot for this trail, and seen bikes loaded up on cars, I wondered why the town cannot make it fully accessible to the thousands that use it.  My feelings were this situation is a failure in urban planning to have a recreational facility that requires a majority of the people to drive there to access *

 

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