alternative transportation

Commuting and Chapel Hill

Congratulations to Carrboro Bicycle Coalition, one of ten organizations nationwide to receive Better Bicycling Community Grant

Enrique Peñalosa evening

Viewing of speech given by Enrique Penalosa at the International Transport Forum in January, 2011.

Enrique Peñalosa is one of the great urban thinkers of our time. During his three year term (1997–2000) as Mayor of Bogotá, Colombia, Peñalosa implemented numerous radical improvements to the city and its citizens' quality of life. He helped transform Bogotá's attitude from one of negative hopelessness to one of pride and hope, developing a model for urban improvement based on the equal rights of all people to transportation, education, and public spaces.

A discussion will follow. Sponsored by the Carrboro Transportation Advisory Board, the UNC dept. of City and Regional Planning, and the Carrboro Bicycle Coalition. A discussion wil follow the speech.

Light refreshments will be served prior to the video.



Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm


Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St., Carrboro

Coffee with the Mayor & talk transit

Via Town of Chapel Hill news list:

Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt invites residents to join him in riding Chapel Hill's fare-free transit system, followed by free coffee and an informal conversation from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 20, at Starbucks at 103 E. Franklin Street.

The discussion about transportation issues in Chapel Hill will include updates on alternative transportation, including Chapel Hill Transit.

For more information, contact Len Cone at or 919-969-5065.


Wednesday, April 20, 2011 - 9:30am to 10:30am


Starbucks, 103 E. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill

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.

Also, it is important to remember who old Jule Carr was.  Mr. Carr was an officer in the Confederate Army, and later he was a captain of industry.  He owned many, many businesses including several mills in Durham.  And for most of his life he lived in Durham.  He even called his mill in our downtown "Durham Hosiery Mills."  In fact, we might just note that although he was a supporter of UNC, Jule Carr was also closely related to the Duke family.  In sum, Mr. Carr was not actually all that much of a Carrboro kind of guy.



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