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Chatham County is currently developing a Bicycle Plan that will identify biking networks and potential infrastructure and policy improvements for the County. These survey results help the County develop a Bicycle Plan that responds to the residents' and users' needs and desires. We welcome any Chatham County residents (rider or non-rider) as well as non-residents who ride regularly in the county. Please feel free to forward this to others who are might also be interested. The survey will be open until December 15, 2010. We thank you very much for your help! The link for the survey ishttp://www.surveymonkey.com/s/chathambikesurvey If you have any questions on the plan and the survey, please contact Pinaki Santra firstname.lastname@example.org at (571)334-0117.
I admire the tenacity, moxy and initiative behind the drive to establish a skatepark in Pittsboro. While there is no official Town endorsement of this endeavor at this time, these intelligent, sincere professionals are taking concrete steps toward making their vision a reality. Check out their blog here: http://pittsboroskatepark.com/ Among other things, they're selling skateboards to raise funds; with the holiday season approaching . . .
In the summer of 2003, the North Carolina Department of Transportation Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation (DBPT) commissioned a study to assess the value of their investment in bicycle facilities. The Institute for Transportation Research and Education (ITRE) at North Carolina State University conducted the study in the northern Outer Banks region because of its existing high levels of bicycling activity and presence of an extensive system of special bicycle facilities. Researchers surveyed bicyclists riding on the bicycle facilities — paths and wide paved shoulders — and also obtained data from self-administered surveys of tourists at three visitors’ centers in the region.
Over the ten years prior to the study, an estimated $6.7 million of public funds was spent to construct off-road paths and add wide paved shoulders to roads in the region, from Corolla south to Nags Head and west to Manteo.
Economic Impact Study Conclusions
Bicycling activity in the northern Outer Banks provides substantial economic benefits to the area — an estimated $60 million annually.
The bicycle facilities in the area are an important factor for many tourists in deciding to visit the region.
Three-fourths of study respondents indicated that more bicycle facilities should be built, and nine out of 10 surveyed believe state and federal tax dollars should be used to do it.