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Cycling in Charlotte, on the latest episode of A Healthier Charlotte

Posted on 8 Nov 2011 by Bobby DeMuro

This week on A Healthier Charlotte, I am joined by four experts on bicycling to discuss the state of cycling in and around Charlotte.

From bicycle law, to infrastructure and transportation policy, to Charlotte’s own 24 Hours of Booty, we talk about it all on episode three of A Healthier Charlotte.

According to the Outdoor Foundation, bicycling is the second most popular activity in the United States — and furthermore, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that half of Americans want more bike facilities in their communities.

More statistics from the NHTSA:

  • About 85 million Americans ride their bikes every year.
  • For children and teens, the bicycle is a primary means of transportation when traveling independently.
  • Every morning, 500,000 people bike to work in the United States.
  • Each year, more than 500,000 bicyclists sustain a cycling injury that requires emergency department care.
  • More than half of the bicyclists riding in or near traffic report feeling unsafe.

In a city like Charlotte, where traffic is only becoming more congested and difficult to control, it becomes ever more important to ensure safety for all roadway users — including bicyclists.

Photo Credit: James WIllamor

Fortunately, there is an active, intelligent, and passionate bicycling community in the Charlotte area. So, I invited four thought leaders and cyclists to the WTVI studios to discuss the state of cycling in and around Mecklenburg County.

Topics up for debate on the show include cycling culture, the rise in popularity of cycling within the area, safety and infrastructure issues surrounding safe routes to school and work, and the future of cycling and the relationship between bicycles and cars in Charlotte.

We’re also fortunate to explore some statistics and vision of both the city of Charlotte, and Mecklenburg County, with two of our specialist guests from each government organization.

Meet this episode’s forum guests:

Spencer Lueders (@spencerlueders)
Spencer is an avid cyclist and the brains behind Charlotte’s amazing non-profit organization 24 Hours of Booty, a non-profit cancer fighting organization he created more than a decade ago.

Ann Groninger (www.BikeLaw.com)
Ann is a partner in the law firm Copeley, Johnson, and Groninger, where she specializes in cases relating to bicycle law, safety, and transportation issues.

Dick Winters (@MeckHealth)
Dick is the Built Environment Safe Routes to School Coordinator for the Mecklenburg County Health Department.

Ken Tippette (City of Charlotte)
Ken is the Bicycle Program Manager for the city of Charlotte Department of Transportation.

After the show, visit A Healthier Charlotte for web extras, behind-the-scenes footage, and more on cycling in Charlotte!

Questions? Comments?
Write a comment below, or follow me on Twitter or Facebook — I want to hear how we can make the show better!

Our fourth episode of A Healthier Charlotte, filmed at WTVI, can be seen exclusively on CLT Blog on November 22.

On that episode, several doctors and psychologists — as well as a woman with a very powerful personal story — will join me on camera to discuss eating disorders, the people affected, and solutions. Stay tuned!

Comments

  1. Scared of Bikers 9 Nov 2011 at 8:15 AM

    I cycle, with a helmet, love it, and enjoy the health benefits. But since starting to talk to cyclists around the city about my own observations and concerns, it seems many of them agree that although they avidly bike Charlotte’s bike routes, they avoid the Booty Loop because they think it is used dangerously and irresponsibly by poser-cyclists with peloton pretensions. Riding 2×2 and 3×3, and further disregarding both traffic and traffic laws put pedestrians, cyclists and motorists at risk in that area. Perhaps there is a way that Booty Loopers can be encouraged to be more responsible cyclists. Perhaps an investigative reporter could look into this further. Good luck with the Health Program and thank you Charlotte Blog.

    • Bobby DeMuro 9 Nov 2011 at 8:54 PM

      Very interesting perspective, Scared of Bikers — do you have any ideas to ‘police’ the Booty Loop? In your opinion, is it that those riders are not following the rules/laws, or is it that they’re riding on a different level that’s not accessible to most? Thanks for watching!

  2. Jo MacG 9 Nov 2011 at 1:49 PM

    Thanks for focusing on my community!! These four are great representatives for both Charlotte, and the cycling community. And K.T. is a great source of info! Bike on!

  3. JV 9 Nov 2011 at 7:24 PM

    Great show with a well selected panel. Charlotte is a safe and fun city to cycle in. The community is vibrant and continues to grow. Please check out weeklyrides.com to find rides of all kinds for all riders as well as up to date community news and events. It’s a great resource for Charlotte area cyclists.

    • Bobby DeMuro 9 Nov 2011 at 8:55 PM

      That’s a great resource! Thanks for sharing it, especially for some of the people that will hopefully renew an interest in cycling through this episode!

  4. Tally 9 Nov 2011 at 8:40 PM

    Thanks for spotlighting another intriguing community! I cannot wait to see the show on disordered eating. When does it air?

    • Bobby DeMuro 9 Nov 2011 at 8:53 PM

      Thanks Tally! The eating disorder show will air on November 22nd, right here on CLT Blog! It’s a good one, too — we’ve got a few really compelling guests!

  5. Jayme 9 Nov 2011 at 9:30 PM

    This is really good. thanks for spotlighting it. Definitely an intense group that is misunderstood by a lot of us, and I’m glad CLT Blog put it on to set the record straight. Great work Bobby!!!!! (PS good fit segment this week, I can use that exercise, tell Jen I said thank you!)

    • Bobby DeMuro 10 Nov 2011 at 12:09 PM

      Thanks, Jayme! And very glad to hear you’ve gotten something out of the Fit Minute segments!

  6. Nice video! All of the panelists are active members of CABA and at the forefront of efforts to make Charlotte not only better, safer and healthier for cyclists but better because of cyclists.

    Keep up the good work ! !

    martin zimmerman
    exec. director (CABA) –Charlotte Area Bicycle Alliance

    • Bobby DeMuro 10 Nov 2011 at 12:08 PM

      Thank you, Martin! Glad we could be part of the conversation.

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  8. Hasben 10 Nov 2011 at 12:03 PM

    Very nice show, Bobby. Great panelists.
    Many thanks. You covered and highlighted most issues, and alluded to some sticky points. I would like a repeat with a little ‘harder’ information aboout exactly what are the procedures for passing — interaction at intersections, etc. ? What are the helmet laws ? , etc. I was left with “go familiarize yourself.” In mine and most people’s lives, this “ain’t gonna happen.” We’re simply too busy and too self-absorbed. Some spoon feeding IS one way to get the word out and educate the public.
    Again — great show, and many thanks.

    • Bobby DeMuro 10 Nov 2011 at 12:07 PM

      Good point. Tough to do that in some segments due to time limits, but I’ll tell you what — I’ll try to pull one of these men/women aside someday soon and get all the pertinent (spoon-feeding, as you say) info out there on a video and post it up here to supplement!

  9. Toney 12 Nov 2011 at 1:20 AM

    Really good work as always, Bobby. You guys have a good series going here. I’m not a cyclist but always hyped to learn about new stuff and really looking forward to some of the stuff I’m sure you have in the pipeline. Keep it up!

    • Bobby DeMuro 13 Nov 2011 at 11:19 AM

      Thank you Toney! Glad you could learn something and I really appreciate you tuning in for all the shows!

  10. Lew 12 Nov 2011 at 10:45 AM

    Great topic. I’m just at the start of bicycling and probably don’t know too many in the community around here, but really, really, really good job on this. Great guests. Good work Bobby!!

    • Bobby DeMuro 13 Nov 2011 at 11:19 AM

      Thanks Lew! Glad to see we could help in some way — be safe and have fun out on the road!

  11. L. B. 12 Nov 2011 at 3:23 PM

    Wasn’t sure how I felt about some bikers in traffic around Clt… but after watching this, I’m glad I did because it humanized them a little bit for me — thank you for doing this. I will definately be more aware in the future of bikers in traffic!!

    • Bobby DeMuro 13 Nov 2011 at 11:20 AM

      Glad to hear that, L.B.! Thank you for commenting and watching, and glad to hear you’re able to take something good away from the show!

  12. Ellie 14 Nov 2011 at 2:41 PM

    Great show CLT Blog! Thank you for posting!

  13. NeNe 16 Nov 2011 at 11:22 AM

    Good show. I too would like some more info — where can I get the rules of the road for bikers? Does Char Meck have a website for it that has resources for bikers? Great panel though and thank you for giving a voice to health in the QUEEN CITY!!

  14. Vic B. 16 Nov 2011 at 9:11 PM

    Great information. Too bad I’m too old to ride a bike ;)

    No, seriously, good to see the city making an attempt to interact with the public on forms of media like this. Great work as always Bobby. Love to see your development.

    • Bobby DeMuro 17 Nov 2011 at 3:15 PM

      Thank you very much! I really appreciate that.

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