July 4, 2011

Wilmington Star: Hurdles Remain for Bike Path Connection Between Beach Towns

I sure would like someone to show me some factual data which shows that bike trails near neighborhoods lead to an increase in crime? In reality, the opposite happens as there are more neighborly eyes out and about who can spot anything suspicious. If a proposed bike trail was to be built near my home, I'd be all for it as I know it would ultimately increase the value of my home.

But no matter the hurdles, I just hope that both Carolina Beach and Kure Beach can agree on a plan and make it a priority. Having a trail that connects the entire island would do wonders for area tourism and it would add a year round feature to draw visitors during the off season.

By Shannan Bowen
July 4, 2011

A new bicycle route soon could jump another hurdle in its development, but Carolina Beach and Kure Beach officials have to agree on plans.

An initial proposal to extend a greenway from Carolina Beach to Kure Beach was nixed in 2008 after harsh criticism from Kure Beach residents worried about a bike path bringing crime and noise near their properties.

Carolina Beach planners have since tweaked ideas, but they have to receive an easement to run a portion of the path in the wooded buffer zone of Military Ocean Terminal at Sunny Point's property...

Full story: Wilmington Star
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