How Much Does Free Transportation Cost?

Let's Rename This Town

I have been thinking more and more lately about how inappropriate the name 'Carrboro' is for a town that is so focused on alternatives to the single occupant motor vehicle.  I mean, I realize the town is named after Julian Shakespeare Carr, rather than the ubiquitous vehicle of the 20th century, but still . . . having our town's name begin with that object that we are working so hard against just makes no sense to me.

ReCYCLEry Moving to a New Home

Everything is confirmed and the final details are being smoothed out for moving the ReCYCLEry from our wonderful Bolin Creek home of the past several years to 

Public hearing on Smith Level Rd (S. Greensboro St) widening & BIKE improvements


TIP Project No. U-2803 Orange County

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) will hold a Pre-Hearing Open House and Combined Public Hearing on March 9, 2009 at Carrboro Elementary School, located at 400 Shelton Street, Carrboro, 27510.

NCDOT representatives will be available at a pre-hearing open house in the auditorium lobby between the hours of 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to answer questions and receive comments relative to the location and design of the proposed project. Interested citizens may attend at any time during the above mentioned hours. Handouts and comment sheets will be distributed. The formal public hearing will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium. The hearing will be open to those present for statements, questions and comments. The presentation and comments will be recorded and a written transcript will be prepared.

NCDOT proposes transportation improvements to SR 1919 (Smith Level Road) which include: widening Smith Level Road to three lanes (between Rock Haven Road and Culbreth Road), transition between three to four lanes (between Culbreth Road and BPW Club Road), and widen to a four-lane, median divided roadway between BPW Club Road and Morgan Creek. A roundabout intersection is proposed at the intersection of Smith Level Road and Rock Haven Road.

Sidewalks and bicycle accommodations are proposed throughout the project.

A map displaying the location and design of the project and a copy of the environmental document – State Environmental Assessment / Finding of No Significant Impact - are available for public review at the Town of Carrboro, 301 W. Main Street, Carrboro, 27510.
The map is also available online at: .

Anyone desiring additional information may contact Ed Lewis, Human Environment Unit, at 1598 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1598, by phone (919) 431-6585, by fax (919) 431-2001 or by email at
NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled persons who wish to participate in this hearing.
Anyone requiring special services should contact Mr. Lewis as early as possible so that arrangements can be made.


Monday, March 9, 2009 -
12:30pm to 5:00pm


Carrboro Elementary

Hillsborough Amtrak Depot locations

The town of Hillsborough presented seven potential sites for a new rail depot last night.

For more info, check Hillsborough's Development Activity page—they said they'd have info there by Friday January 16, 2009.  Meanwhile, I've put a map of the locations with some notes here.

Two of the sites (5-Hampton Pointe & 6-Collins Property) are on the current Triangle Transit route 420.  A quick and efficient connection to regional bus service is critical for many traveling to/from Chapel Hill.

Election Night Cruiser-Tuesday

What: Cruiser Tuesday dress up and ride

Where: Starting at Johnny's Sporting Goods, 901 West Main St., Carrboro, and ending up at Southern Rail and The Station to watch election results... The range County Campaign for Change Official Barack Obama Victory Party (Official Orange County Obama Election Night Party) will be happening at The Station upon arrival!

When: 7:00pm gathering, 7:30pm ride

Theme: Hope and change! Bring your flashy lights...

More info: It's a social cycling mobile dancing costume party. Usually there's a theme, and quite often a Pabst tasting. It's NOT a "critical mass" type ride; we obey all street lights and traffic rules and do not block motorists. All bikes and skill levels are welcome.

Check out this article,, describing how Matthew Lee brought it to the Triangle. Matthew also has a Cruiser Tuesday blog here:

The ReCYCLEry is not responsible for hosting or organizing Cruiser Tuesdays, though we are pleased to spread the word. You will often find many of our members participating. Hope to see you there!


Tuesday, November 4, 2008 -
2:00pm to 4:00pm


Starting at Johnny's Sporting Goods, 901 W. Main St., Carrboro, NC and Ending at Southern Rail and the Station



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