U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > North Carolina > Coastal North Carolina
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
 
Old 01-31-2008, 07:27 AM
 
83 posts, read 332,990 times
Reputation: 28

Advertisements

OK I have been waiting for this...for the eighth year in a row...officially the most dangerous in the state:

New Hanover still rides danger road | StarNewsOnline.com | Star-News | Wilmington, NC

Please...anyone considering the area...take these numbers seriously. Its only going to get worse. Now for the obligatory response...it can't be any worse than DC or Atlanta...etc. Keep in mind the state of North Carolina includes Raleigh and Charlotte and Wilmington is more dangerous than that.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 01-31-2008, 08:16 AM
 
2,356 posts, read 2,642,165 times
Reputation: 864
Oh, Wilmington is nothing. Back in Boston, you should have seen how awful traffic is.
Oh, Wilmington is nothing. Back in DC, you should have seen how awful traffic is.
Oh, Wilmington is nothing. Back in Baltimore, you should have seen how awful traffic is.
Oh, Wilmington is nothing. Back in Los Angleles, you should have seen how awful traffic is.

People from big cities are used to being crowded like rats in a cage. For them, it is natural. For the rest of us, it is a problem.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-03-2008, 01:08 AM
 
83 posts, read 332,990 times
Reputation: 28
Ever heard of keeping a safe distance? You do that here in paradise...Wilmington you get the ole "Jersey Cut." For those of you who don't know what that is...well people just simply cut you off so you have to tailgait. What does that lead to...more accidents.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-05-2008, 06:42 PM
 
Location: NC's southern coastline
452 posts, read 2,127,749 times
Reputation: 351
Interesting article...I'm from Charlotte....where the roads are so screwed up, the city was poorly planned and the roads are just crazy, not laid out well at all..traffic is bad..etc. Coming from there and being used to it I should be ok anywhere else in NC for sure but Wilmington is one place I hate driving. I can say this-- Wilmington is laid out much better, in a nice logical grid. But I feel nervous driving in the traffic, I felt more prepared in Charlotte, maybe because I expected it there and expected Wilmington to be much better? I feel more defensive driving in Wilmington than in Charlotte (and NO, I don't miss Charlotte traffic! LOL...but I guess I just got used to it, and am not used to Wilmington yet). It's only certain roads in Wilmington that bother me...and it's the drivers not the roads.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-06-2008, 05:41 AM
 
Location: Apex, NC
3,036 posts, read 7,402,388 times
Reputation: 2494
Quote:
Originally Posted by BlueLily7 View Post
Interesting article...I'm from Charlotte....where the roads are so screwed up, the city was poorly planned and the roads are just crazy, not laid out well at all..traffic is bad..etc. Coming from there and being used to it I should be ok anywhere else in NC for sure but Wilmington is one place I hate driving. I can say this-- Wilmington is laid out much better, in a nice logical grid. But I feel nervous driving in the traffic, I felt more prepared in Charlotte, maybe because I expected it there and expected Wilmington to be much better? I feel more defensive driving in Wilmington than in Charlotte (and NO, I don't miss Charlotte traffic! LOL...but I guess I just got used to it, and am not used to Wilmington yet). It's only certain roads in Wilmington that bother me...and it's the drivers not the roads.

Agree with you here. I grew up in Northern VA and now live in Raleigh and traffic in some of the smaller cities can be dangerous. Fayettville and Wilmington come to mind. Seems like things are crowded more onto certain roads and everything is just crazy. Roads are narrow and people weave in and out of lanes w/ no turn signals, etc. Just because it's a smaller area does not mean less dangerous. Now as far as pure traffic volume, then yeah it's not as bad (no sitting on the Beltway in 30-50 miles of bumper to bumper around DC), but dangerous?...YES.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-07-2008, 03:51 AM
 
83 posts, read 332,990 times
Reputation: 28
Don't be fooled by the saying..."you just have to know how to get around" or "you will learn the shortcuts." This is true but what this really means is cutting through residential areas. This is rampant in Wilmington putting pedestrians (children) in harms way.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-07-2008, 12:37 PM
 
Location: Summerville
890 posts, read 3,967,472 times
Reputation: 379
Quote:
Originally Posted by fortysixandtwo View Post
Don't be fooled by the saying..."you just have to know how to get around" or "you will learn the shortcuts." This is true but what this really means is cutting through residential areas. This is rampant in Wilmington putting pedestrians (children) in harms way.
I can confirm this. This is what irritated me the most about Wilmington. A lot of the neighborhoods there are connected together. They have even so much have come out and said they have purposely planned new residential developments so their streets can be used as alternate thoroughfares to keep traffic off the main roads. I lived off Middle Sound Loop and Gorman Plantation is a prime example of a major cut-through neighborhood. I always felt so sorry for those people living on that main road through there because they never got a break from it, but the way the roads were laid out they really didn't give you much choice. Either go down to Market Street and sit in traffic or cut through Gorman. I think everyone who lived on that Loop cut through there daily. Same thing started happening in Emerald Forest too because it will put you out on Market Street. I know because I lived in there and we eventually moved because of it.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-07-2008, 01:49 PM
 
2,356 posts, read 2,642,165 times
Reputation: 864
Quote:
Originally Posted by fortysixandtwo View Post
Don't be fooled by the saying..."you just have to know how to get around" or "you will learn the shortcuts." This is true but what this really means is cutting through residential areas. This is rampant in Wilmington putting pedestrians (children) in harms way.
lol, it's definitely true.

you have the tourist roads and the local roads. The tourist roads are straight shots, obvious on a map, and take forever.

the local roads go 40mph through someone's neighborhood, and require 3x or 4x more turns.. but you get to your destination faster, if you don't get lost.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:



Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > North Carolina > Coastal North Carolina
Similar Threads
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2019, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top