June 2008

Why aren't bikes required to use lights at all times?

Bikes are harder to see than motorcycles, which according to the NC DMV website have their headlights on all the time because the headlight comes on automatically when the engine is running.  Bikes are much harder to see than cars, which have lights on at night, unlike most bikes I see.  (Since most bikes I see at night don’t have lights I didn’t even know it was a law for bikers to use lights at night until someone on this site told me recently.)  And the consequences of not seeing a bike are much more severe.  Considering all that, and since bikers are both allowed and encouraged to use the same roads as cars and motorcycles, why aren’t bikes required to use lights at all times?

GA bills on University airport(s) - whose authority? whose power to take land?

At present two bills related to University airport(s) are proposed in the N.C. General Assembly. One is Apodaca's S1962, which has been discussed at some length on OP, designed to prevent the University from building hangars for AHEC planes at RDU and keep HWA open until another airport is built.

The other, about which I'd heard somewhat less, is H2725, sponsored by Yongue, Insko, Glazier (Primary); Bordsen and Faison -- short title: "UNC Operating/Capital Funds/Airport Auth" -- giving UNC board of governors the power to create and maintain state-level airport authorities.

It's a lengthy, typically intricate bill covering a wide range of requirements, needs, and eventualities (including the right to sue and be sued), as well as the construction of authority commissions (the likely membership of which we can certainly speculate about, given the recent history of lobbyist/advocate presence on committees and commissions related to HWA).

Carrboro's 2008 35th Annual Community 4th of July Celebration

Schedule of events over at Carrboro.com.


Friday, July 4, 2008 - 5:30am to 11:00am


Carrboro Town Commons

Chapel Hill's July 4th Celebration

Full info at Town of Chapel Hill website. Fireworks at 9:30pm


Friday, July 4, 2008 - 2:30pm to 5:30pm

Personal Safety: Don't Be an Easy Target for Crime

Personal Safety: Don't Be an Easy Target for Crime

The Town of Chapel Hill will present "Personal Safety: Don't Be an Easy Target for Crime," a workshop to teach general safety awareness and crime prevention tips. Led by Chapel Hill Police Officer Charles Pardo.

The event is free, but pre-registration is required. Reserve your space online at https://webtrac.townofchapelhill.org/ by Wednesday, July 30. For more information, call (919) 968-2784.


Monday, August 4, 2008 - 2:30pm


Chapel Hill Community Center 120 South Estes Drive

Let's get Chancellor Thorp off to a good start

Holden Thorp starts his new job tomorrow. I'm feeling very encouraged about his potential to establish a more collaborative relationship between the University and our local governments. I hope he will remember that neither can thrive without the other.

What advice do you have for him?



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