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Old 06-18-2009, 09:09 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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Well I live in Eastern NC, and while it seems there is a new interest in trails, so far there's not been too much execution. In my area, on the coast, Morehead City has built a nice trail that's maybe five miles long, and there is some street, sidewalk access in the Bogue Banks on Highway 58, for the most part there are no bike lanes along the narrow main access roads such as Highway 70 or Hwy 101.

In Beaufort, there are some back roads that are off the main highways that go through the historic town, but no dedicated trails on bike lanes...a shame really, as this part of NC is billiard table flat and makes for perfect gentle riding--were there more developed trails...

Part of the challenge, I suspect, is that these are small towns without a lot of tax revenues to build and maintain trails...and precious few abandoned rail lines to convert from rails into trails...

Having said that, both Oriental and Ocracoke make for some nifty low-traffic rides through town--during the off-season...during tourist season, you'd be competing with lots of cars--especially on Ocracoke.
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Old 06-19-2009, 07:57 AM
 
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Try this link: Trails :: Bike Trails : Walking : Running : Trail : Maps - TrailLink
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Old 06-19-2009, 04:06 PM
 
Location: SS Slopes
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Another vote for the Allegheny Trail Alliance. One of my goals in the next few years is to do the complete Pittsburgh to D.C. trip.
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Old 06-19-2009, 07:52 PM
 
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Jimrob, you might look up Knoxville Greenways. It's pretty extensive with more on the drawing board. I know it's not NC but the climate is similar.
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Old 06-23-2009, 08:34 AM
 
Location: Lakeland, Florida
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Well I live in Eastern NC, and while it seems there is a new interest in trails, so far there's not been too much execution. In my area, on the coast, Morehead City has built a nice trail that's maybe five miles long, and there is some street, sidewalk access in the Bogue Banks on Highway 58, for the most part there are no bike lanes along the narrow main access roads such as Highway 70 or Hwy 101.

In Beaufort, there are some back roads that are off the main highways that go through the historic town, but no dedicated trails on bike lanes...a shame really, as this part of NC is billiard table flat and makes for perfect gentle riding--were there more developed trails...

Part of the challenge, I suspect, is that these are small towns without a lot of tax revenues to build and maintain trails...and precious few abandoned rail lines to convert from rails into trails...

Having said that, both Oriental and Ocracoke make for some nifty low-traffic rides through town--during the off-season...during tourist season, you'd be competing with lots of cars--especially on Ocracoke.
Yes Im concerned about the lack of building these type trails in NC vs other regions I have researched. I am told the Raleigh and Greensboro and Charlotte area have them, but Im not sure just how extensive they are. Thanks for the info.
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Old 06-23-2009, 07:14 PM
 
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I think if towns and village realized how attractive they are to retirees and active families, they would build more bike trails. Plus having them is a great alternative to driving everywhere.

The key is to create trails that are safely removed from car traffic.

While our town doesn't have much in the way of dedicated trails, we manage to use back roads that are little-trafficked to get downtown. We use our bikes so much that we ditched one of our cars and the other sits in the driveway 90% of the time.

Biking is so freeing and makes me feel care-free--as well as car-free!

It's just plain fun. It's so great to see an increasing number of bicycles around town as I pedal the leafy lanes...
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Old 06-23-2009, 07:42 PM
 
Location: Lakeland, Florida
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I think if towns and village realized how attractive they are to retirees and active families, they would build more bike trails. Plus having them is a great alternative to driving everywhere.

The key is to create trails that are safely removed from car traffic.

While our town doesn't have much in the way of dedicated trails, we manage to use back roads that are little-trafficked to get downtown. We use our bikes so much that we ditched one of our cars and the other sits in the driveway 90% of the time.

Biking is so freeing and makes me feel care-free--as well as car-free!

It's just plain fun. It's so great to see an increasing number of bicycles around town as I pedal the leafy lanes...
I agree build them all over. I know when I find my place, I plan on volunteering some time to maintain the trails and build more.
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