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As part of CFC's advocacy role, the club coordinates and works with NCDOT to provide feedback from cyclist's perspective.  Below are the notes from a recent meeting.

At our recent 2019 annual meeting, we were treated to a keynote presentation by Caitlin Marks from the DOT. She showed us real examples of how the Department of Transportation is working to create amazing opportunities for cyclists and pedestrians in our corner of North Carolina. She showed us how diligently her team works to identify long-range goals, design proper planning and keep open communication between all groups involved. Plus, she highlighted the importance to push for funding, to push for funding and to push for funding.
Caitlin announced an August 2019 revision to the DOT Complete Streets policy that states:
Bicycle and pedestrian and public transportation
facilities that appear in a state, regional or locally
adopted transportation plan will be included as part
of the proposed roadway project. NCDOT will
fully fund the cost of designing, acquiring right of
way, and constructing the identified facilities.
That means if we get bike/ped facilities adopted into a proposed roadway project, the NCDOT will fully fund the development of those facilities! Caitlin also confirmed that our ally at the DOT, Chad Kimes, has recently been promoted as the N.C. Department of Transportation's Division 3 engineer.  He will manage  planning, project development, maintenance activities and construction projects in Brunswick, Duplin, New Hanover, Onslow, Pender and Sampson counties.



Trask Drawbridge Update - May 2018

Improvements for cyclists crossing the Heide Trask Bridge.


 Thehigh level of traffic  on Wrightsville Avenue crossing the ICWW to or from Wrightsville Beach  makes  getting from one side of Wrightsville Avenueto the other challenging and dangerous . 


The Wilmington Metro Planning Organization (WMPO) has provided the following information about the construction of a Bike/Ped Walkway underneath the Bridge on the mainland side. The walkway will connect to the Cross City Trail on the north side of Wrightsville Avenue and to Airlie Road on the south side. The anticipated completion date is November 20, 2018. (diagram is attached)


Another project to improve the safety of cyclists on the bridge itself is  also  underway. NCDot, Division 3 is developing plans to make the lift grates sections of the Bridge less slippery for bicycles. They have examined several otions and are now focusing on one that looks most promising. More information will be posted here once the plans are more definite.


Meeting with DOT regarding Cyclists and
Trask Bridge - December 2018


NCDOT Division 3,  Deputy Division Engineer, Chad Kimes, held a meeting on Monday, December 18, 2017 with his staff to develop "fix" for the hazardous situation for cyclists crossing  ICWW to and From Wrightsville Beach on the  Heide Trask Bridge. In addition to the DoT staff, Chad invited Jim Mincher, Carol Stein and Al Schroetel to attend to update us on this problem and seek our input on possible solutions. Mike Kozlosky, City of Wilmington Transportation Planning Manager and Abby Lorenzo, Wilmington Metro Planning Organization (WMPO) staff also attended at Chad's invitation.


Background: Chad and his staff summarized the history of NCDOTs efforts to fix this problem, as follows:


  • When the steel grid lift sections of the bridge were replaced approximately three years ago it was discovered that the new grid patterns made it hazardous for cyclists, especially when wet.
  • Once the problem was identified NCDOT Division 3 obtained special funding to place a path of "bike safe" plates on the metal grids on the bridge.
  • Division 3 requested bids from commercial contractors to install the plates two times, did not receive any bids on the project.
  1. Two major engineering problems make the project more complex than anticipated:The supporting structure of the moveable part of the bridge make it very difficult to attach the safety plates
  2. The added weight of the safety plates have to be offset with counter-weights added to the base of the bridge lift mechanism to permit bridge opening operations. The location to install the counter-weights is extremely small.

Current Status: The Division 3 staff has researched numerous alternative approaches;

  • Use of lighter plates. Found that they were not suitable for installation and still required counter-weights
  • Pour light weight concrete over a portion of the metal grids. Still added weight and might not hold up in a marine environment (moisture and salt corrosion)
  • Replace the bridge railings with aluminum rails to offset the increased weight of the plates. This would require a major restructuring of the bridge.
  • Spray a light weight anti-skid coating to create a path across the grids. Concern is the durability of the anti-skid material
  • Grind and smooth the "dimples" on the grid. This would remove the existing anti-corrosion coating and would probably result in rapid deterioration of the bridge lift grids.

Planned Action

It was decided that the application of the anti-skid coating was the most promising approach. The anti-skid coating, in a distinguishing color,  would be applied to the outside 30 inches of each side by the sidewalk. This would be done when the temp is above 50 degrees and requires a 48 hour lane closure to harden properly. Therefore, it would most likely be done in March 2018. The cost is about $25,000.

The Division 3 staff is going to research this approach and will hold a review of their findings in February 2018. Representatives from CFC and the WMPO will participate in that status review.

CFC's Al Schroetel in the Star News

Bike Advocacy Groups & Organizations

League of American Bicyclists (LAB)
National focus. The oldest and one of the largest cycling advocacy organizations in the USA. Their vision is “A nation where everyone recognizes and enjoys the many benefits and opportunities of bicycling”. LAB provides training and certification for League Certified Instructors (LCI’s). Provide insurance for cycling clubs nationwide.

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
National focus. Build, maintain, defend and connect trails and trail corridors across the country.

East Coast Greenway
Eastern US focus. Building and designating an urban trail from Maine to Florida, connecting existing and planned shared-use trails, a continuous, traffic-free route. Bethel Paris is on their Trails Committee and will steer the CFC funding to East Coast Greenway signs for our area.

North Carolina Rail-to-Trails (NCRT)
Preserve rail corridors and works with communities across North Carolina to create trails for public use on abandoned rail corridors.

Adventure Cycling
National focus. Research safe long range routes, produce maps, guided tours. Encourage Bicycle tourism. Magazine published 9 times yearly.

Bike Walk NC(BWNC)
BWNC is the only NC-wide lobby and advocacy group. Helped steer the 2015 “Bike Safety Laws Study” and its report. This study resulted in several cycling safety law improvements. Conduct NC’s only Bike Summit each fall. Al Schroetel is on their Board of Directors.

People for Bikes
PeopleForBikes  (formerly Bikes Belong) includes both an industry coalition of bicycling suppliers and retailers, as well as a charitable foundation.  Grants, advocacy, information. Over 1.2 million members  In last 15 years Spent over $30 million to make bicycling better. Invested $2.1 million in community bicycling projects.

Terry Benjey Bicycling Foundation
Welcome to the Terry Benjey Bicycling Foundation (TBBF). The TBBF is organized exclusively for bicycling charitable, educational, advocacy, and scientific purposes. The foundation endeavors to promote the use of bicycles in the Cape Fear Region of NC for transportation, recreation, and fitness.

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