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CoastLine: Local Cyclists See Progress But Call for More Bike-Friendly Infrastructure

These bikes in Melbourne, Australia are part of a publicly-funded bicycle sharing program.

The Cross-City Trail in Wilmington is nearing completion with a ribbon-cutting scheduled for November.  The multi-use trail is intended to give cyclists and pedestrians access to important recreational and  cultural landmarks. 

City officials say they eventually see Wilmington-area green-ways as part of the East Coast Greenway – which is described as an urban Appalachian Trail.  In this case, the ECG would run from Maine to Florida.

But some new arrivals to the region complain that Wilmington is anything but bicycle-friendly.  In the ten years from 1997 – 2007, New Hanover County had the fourth highest number of bicycle-involved crashes – out of all 100 counties in the state. 

On this edition of CoastLine, we explore the projects are underway for this area and the advocacy work for cyclists and pedestrians that’s going on in Raleigh and locally.    

In-studio guests:

Suraiya Rashid, Senior Transportation Planner for the Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization

Al Schroetel, Advocacy Chair for Cape Fear Cyclists, a Wilmington-based cycling group; past President of Cape Fear Cyclists; Board Member of Bike Walk NC – a membership-based advocacy organization promoting non-motorized transportation

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Rachel hosts and produces CoastLine, an award-winning hourlong conversation featuring artists, humanitarians, scholars, and innovators in North Carolina. The show airs Wednesdays at noon and Sundays at 2 pm on 91.3 FM WHQR Public Media. It's also available as a podcast; just search CoastLine WHQR. You can reach her at rachellh@whqr.org.