I'm visiting Delhi India where ALL public transit--buses, taxicabs, municipal trucks, even auto-rickshaws have been converted to CNG.
If scooters have been found on bike racks displacing bicycles, as Mr. Young claims, the correct solution is to install more bicycle/moped racks.
I don't own a scooter, but I prefer to share the road with vehicles less likely to kill or maim me. I'd rather that more of them drove bicycles, but I'm glad that they don't drive SUVs.
The environmental benefits of scooter & mopeds do not end at the tailpipe. They require less energy and materials to manufacturer and transport. They occupy less space in the roadway and parking -- require less impervious surface. They are vehicles on a human scale -- scooter drivers have a tremendous personal interest in avoiding collisions. A scooter (like all two wheelers) is not stable on its own thus having built-in protection against operating while severely intoxicated.
For all these reasons and more I support the petitioners and the university should also support faculty, students, and staff to commute by scooter, moped, or bicycle.
Not a single word about BICYCLES in the article?
With the new raised median to limit safe passing, is the plan that cyclists be forced into the door-zone? On to the sidewalk? Or will Hillsborough St motorists ride contentedly behind cyclists?
Charlotte's light rail has been wildly succcessful--ridership has exceeded all predictions, and transit-oriented development is springing up around the stations. If they can make it work there, we can make it work here.
Transit-oriented development happens when construction of a well planned transit system begins. Once we've made a serious commitment to funding and building the system, then housing, shopping and employment will be drawn to sites within walking distance of each station to meet the demand. That's simple market forces at work.
Sharing corridor with Amtrak's Atlanta-Charlotte-DC-NYC service, a local light-rail system will also greatly increase access to interstate rail. Amtrak/DOT's Charlotte-Raleigh service is one of the fastest growing in the system.
Georgia wants "in" on NC/VA's high-speed rail plans too now, extending the Charlotte-to-DC service through Spartanburg to Atlanta and beyond. A train like that won't make many stops, but with a local light-rail system servicing whatever stops it does make in the Triangle, it would be easily and efficiently accessed from our population centers. Minimizing the number of stops improves the efficiency and on-time performance of the high-speed system too--it's win-win!
Check with ncbc, carolina tarwheels, spin cycle, cycle logic, slow spokes, etc. for fun, free group bicycle rides most weekends and weekdays after work.
For commuting, don't forget the buses--all buses in the triangle sport bike racks. We owe a huge "thanks" to Helen Tart for getting racks installed on Raleigh's CAT buses. For cyclists, the longer routes offered by TTA are the most usefull, especially the express buses and late-night service.
You can check raleigh craigslist & pawn shops for used bikes too, but you'll need to get someone who knows what they're doing to check it out & fix it up. Shops selling bikes will, understandably, be less keen to help much in that regard, but friends, co-ops and "Back Alley Bike Shop" in Chapel Hill can help.
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