If We're Ever Going To Get Serious About Developing Alternative Transportation Modes...

The Durcham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization (DCHC MPO) is beginning the process of seeking public comments on the various transportation Alternatives which it will incorporate into its 2035 plans to be submitted to the federal government later this year. These meetings will be the last opportunities for public comment before the plans are finalized and submitted so now is the time to make your voices heard.

What's a sharrow?

Just got the following announcement from the Town of Chapel Hill:

[sharrow]The Town of Chapel Hill is installing a pilot sharrow project today (Tuesday, Aug. 19) through the week on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard from Estes Drive to North Street.   

The  sharrow, or shared-use pavement markings, is an experimental road treatment being evaluated as an  accommodation for bicyclists under certain roadway conditions.  A sharrow is a road marking to identify the shared use of a travel lane by bicyclists and passing motorists, indicating the legal and appropriate bicyclist line of travel; it cues motorists to pass bicyclists with sufficient clearance.

Didn't find the Town's press release very explanatory, so I looked it up and found the photo above.

Enforce Bicycle Laws of North Carolina!

I am pretty amazed at how lax state and local governments are when it comes to the bicycle laws of North Carolina.Walking down Frankiln Street I saw numerous cyclists running red lights, not using hand signals, passing waiting cars, and riding on the sidewalk. All this was happening in plain view of Chapel Hill Police. There was even on man who was decked out in racing clothes who rode in the middle of the two lanes and cut in front of the car in the right lane and made a right on red without stopping.If you want to know the laws you can read them here: enforce the laws or get rid of them. I plan on bringing this up with the Carrboro police department.

Matthew Lee's Cruiser Tuesday 3rd Birthday

Speaking of Cyclists...

Matthew Lee does it again, this time in celebration of the inaugural Carrboro/Chapel-Hill Cruiser ride three years ago.
While the ReCYCLEry does not host Cruiser Tuesdays, you will ind a lot of us participating! For more information, please
read the following:

Tuesday, August 5th, 2008
What:     Cruiser Tuesday dress up and ride
Where:    Starting at the newest BUB Hub location,
          Johnny's Sporting Goods, 901 W. Main Street, Carrboro
When:     7:00pm gathering, 7:30pm ride
Theme:    Funky Formal -- semi-formal, fully funky!

It's a social cycling mobile dancing costume party. Usually there's a theme, and quite often a Pabst tasting or a final stop at the Resevoir. It's NOT a "critical mass" type ride; we obey all street lights and traffic rules and do not block motorists. All bikes and skill levels are welcome.

Matthew has a Cruiser Tuesday blog with photos and details:

Here's an article describing how Matthew Lee brought it to the Triangle:

RSVP at:



Tuesday, August 5, 2008 - 3:00pm


Starting at Johnny's Sporting Goods, 901 W. Main St., Carrboro, NC

Carrboro Comprehensive Bicycle Transportation Plan Information Workshop



4:00 – 7:00 pm (DROP-IN FORMAT)

On CARRBORO TOWN COMMONS (at the Farmer’s Market)

Thank you for attending the first public workshop for Carrboro’s bicycle transportation plan, back on April 10th. The second workshop will be held on July 23, 2008 on the Carrboro Town Commons, at the Farmers’ Market. Please stop by anytime between 4:00 - 7:00 PM to learn about preliminary recommendations (this will be new information from the consultants), talk to Town staff and project consultants, and provide more of your input to the process.


Attached is a flyer for that meeting. Please feel free to distribute this so that all Town citizens are informed.


In addition, you can visit the project website:, which houses current project information and contains a link to an online comment form for you to fill out (if you have not done so already).


Thank you for your time. Happy and safe bicycling!


-Town of Carrboro



Adena Messinger, Transportation Planner

Town of Carrboro

301 W. Main Street

Carrboro, NC 27510



Wednesday, July 23, 2008 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm


Carrboro Town Commons (site of the Farmers' Market on west main street outside the town hall)



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