02

Blog

Efforts to Improve Bike Safety in Lake Norman

By Nicole Van Baelen

If you recall from my last blog post, a small group of bicyclists in the Lake Norman area was spurred by the tragic death of on of our own to take action. We started out with a lot of ideas and energy that needed channeling. Just a little more than a month after our first meeting, we’ve made some great progress. I will continue to share our accomplishments in hopes of inspiring other groups around the state to take action. 

On Tuesday February 25 we participated again in the Davidson Town Council meeting.  Laura Calvin, John Finney, Scott Higgins, Greg Scoggins and I addressed the Council. Understanding that changing the world takes time, we requested short and term long actions. Again, we were encouraged to see that the Council members were very receptive to the information we provided and to our requests. 

For example, in the short term, we asked for adding additional signage and changing the current signs “Share The Road” to signs saying “Cyclist May Take Full ane.” Our town is already looking into these initiatives, we proposed a working session to collaborate, discuss and identify the best locations and the Council members welcomed our constructive and collaborative approach.  We also addressed the debris that often can be found on our bike paths and road sides which makes it often more dangerous for us to ride on those and are hopeful actions will be taken to get those cleaned on a regular basis. 

For the longer term, we discussed the addition of bike lanes on our most travelled roads, which we hope will encourage more people in the area to ride a bicycle, while improving safety for those who already ride.

The town of Davidson is well known as a destination town for outdoor activities such as walking, running and cycling. Cyclists provide a positive economic impact to our town and we certainly would like to continue doing so.  Families feel safe allowing their kids to ride to school. Parents feel safe riding into town from River Run. Cyclists feel safe riding into and out of town. Our goal is to maintain this “Cycling Friendly” status. We are very excited that we will have the opportunity to work closely with our Davidson Town Council in the coming months to start collaborating on our short and long term ideas and that our neighboring towns (Cornelius and Mooresville) are working towards the same partnership efforts. 

I am also able to share, today, that I have been appointed as a Board member of BikeWalkNC. I hope that my presence on the Board will help to connect our local bicycling advocacy groups around the state and make changes at the state level. Together we can make a difference! 

Ride proud! Ride safe!

Comments

Minnesota Cycling Advocate
Daniel Brazil Jul 01, 2020

I recently had the great opportunity to interview fellow cycling advocate, Dave Sanderson, the chair of Pedal Fergus Falls, a Minnesota bike advocacy group. What began as a simple conversation about advocacy turned into an inspiring deep dive into the work Pedal Fergus Falls has done and continues to do for our cycling community. Pedal […]

Read More
Bike Safety
Daniel Brazil Jun 05, 2020

As a cyclist (and bike crash attorney), I often worry that I’m placing my life in the hands of motorists each time I hop on my bike. And stories like this one about bike safety recently shared on Outside Online heighten my fears, as cyclist deaths continue to rise across the U.S. even in a […]

Read More
Biking After COVID 5
Ann Groninger May 28, 2020

What will biking after COVID be like? Before COVID, it seemed like there was a handful of people in my city who rode bikes to get places, and we all knew each other. We’ve always had a robust recreational road riding community of people who gather after work and on weekends to head out to […]

Read More
Bike Advocate
Bruce Hagen May 26, 2020

If you’ve ridden a bike anywhere in Atlanta, chances are you’ve met Atlanta bike advocate Angel Poventud.  If you’ve stopped for a post-ride beer, been to an important advocacy event, or to any major Atlanta gathering, chances are you have met Angel Poventud.   It may only seem that Angel is everywhere, but when you […]

Read More
Bicycle accident lawyer group riding in COVID
Kurt Holzer May 15, 2020

Idaho’s Governor Little has issued the State’s planned staged transition away from his Stay-at-Home health order.  Road cyclists continue to wonder how we should engage in group riding under COVID. As a bicycle accident lawyer who deals with the negative aspects of cycling, I have been thinking a lot about when and how to ride safely […]

Read More
Felix Mayer Cyclist killed by car. NO VRU law
Bruce Hagen Apr 30, 2020

On May 1, 2020, the City of Dunwoody’s new Vulnerable Road User (“VRU”) ordinance will take effect, the first such law to be enacted anywhere in the State of Georgia.  Hopefully neighboring municipalities like Sandy Springs, Roswell and Chamblee will follow suit, and more importantly, the State of Georgia.   VRU laws recognize and prioritize […]

Read More
Load More