After more than 2,000 individuals shared their thoughts during the Triangle Bikeway’s first phase of engagement, the project team is back to seek public feedback on a recommended route and to find out more about how bicyclists and pedestrians would like to access this regional shared-use path.
The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) and Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro MPO invite Triangle residents, employees, businesses, and visitors to provide input on the Triangle Bikeway Study’s recommended route – a critical milestone in the process to create a regional 17-mile biking and walking path connecting Raleigh, Cary, Morrisville, Research Triangle Park (RTP), Durham, and Chapel Hill along I-40 and NC54. By connecting Triangle communities, the pathway will allow residents to make both short and long biking and walking trips for work, play, and daily errands. Since the eastern segment of the pathway has been through a preliminary study, the current planning effort includes design recommendations between Raleigh and RTP and a corridor assessment for the connection west to Durham and Chapel Hill.
“From the beginning, this project has been about community engagement combined with technical analysis, to facilitate the design of a regional shared-use path, truly reflective of the innovativeness of our region,” said Wake County Commissioner Sig Hutchinson. "Utilizing the results of the engagement that occurred in 2020, the team spent the winter conducting a thorough analysis of potential alternative routes - they worked with key property owners and stakeholders and developed a recommended route. Now we need the public to join in again, help ensure we got it right, and provide some more detailed information to continue the design work."
The goals of the Triangle Bikeway Study focus on equity, connectivity, and safety and include prioritizing equal access to the shared-use path for all; providing seamless connections between the path, the regional transportation network, employment centers, and local neighborhoods; and addressing the safety needs of users of all ages and abilities.
Current Public Engagement (Phase 2):
SURVEY: An initial survey was conducted in fall 2020 and provided critical public input on desired destinations, commuting patterns, estimated frequency of use, and route preferences. The survey during this second phase will identify pathway user preferences and facility needs. Participants can share their ideas on where they would prefer to walk along the route and where they would like to access the path by taking the survey at https://publicinput.com/trianglebikewaystudy. The survey will remain open through Friday, July 16.