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Construction of a Trail Near You May Be In Jeopardy

Current North Carolina General Assembly draft legislation prohibits state match funding for greenways and other bicycle and pedestrian improvements. This policy shift would eliminate the way communities around the state have traditionally funded trail design and construction at a time when these projects are seeing incredibly high usage.

In the past, the state has been the primary source of the 20% match needed to access 80% federal funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects. So, a $100,000 investment from the state would result in an $400,000 match from the federal government to fund a $500,000 project.

This comes at a time when bicycle and pedestrian facilities, particularly greenways, are in high demand throughout North Carolina for their contributions to healthy lifestyles, increased property values, safe routes to schools and commuter options. While some amendments to the legislation may allow current projects to continue, state funding for new trail projects will cease.

Contact your NC legislator today and encourage them to retain transportation funding for trails and greenways and other conservation efforts: http://www.ncleg.net/Representation/WhoRepresentsMe.aspx

Why are trails important?

The list of impacted projects below was developed by NCDOT.

 

Albemarle US 52 Sidewalks
Asheville Clingman Forest Greenway and Town Branch Greenway
Blowing Rock Middle Fork Greenway
Blowing Rock US 421 Pedestrian Underpass
Charlotte Irwin Creek Greenway
Charlotte Toby Creek Greenway
Cornelius Caldwall Station Greenway
Creedmoor US 15 Multi Use Path and Sidewalk Improvements
Durham US15-501 Multi Use Path Connector
Durham Garrett Road Bike Lanes and Sidewalks
Elizabeth City US17 to Pritchard St Greenway
Goldsboro New Hope Road Multi Use Path
Greensboro Battleground to Mendenhall Greenway
Greenville South Tar River Greenway Phase 3
Hendersonville Oklawha Greenway
Jacksonville LeJune Boulevard Greenway
Jamestown Deep River Pedestrian Bridge
Mocksville Rich Park Greenway
Mount Airy Lovills Creek and Ararat River Greenways
Mount Holly Mount Holly River Front Greenway
Raleigh Neuse River Greenway – Missing Link Connector
Siler City Loves Creek Greenway
Troutman Main Street to South Iredell High School Sidewalks
Troy Okeewemee Road Sidewalks
Wilmington Middle Sound Loop – Ogden Elementary Multi-Use Path
Wilmington Cross City Trail
Winston-Salem Brushy Fork Creek Greenway – Phase IV
Winston-Salem Cedar Trails Greenway
Winston-Salem PTRP Rail Trail

 

State, local and national leaders speak at recent North Carolina trail openings:

http://www.claytonnewsstar.com/2013/04/08/2811018/river-walk-on-the-neuse-opens.html

http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/04/25/2848893/20-mile-stretch-of-neuse-river.html

http://www.easternwakenews.com/2013/04/30/2858531/knightdale-opens-bridge-to-newly.html#