Kannapolis to host community workshop on bike routes

  • Posted: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 10:54 a.m.

KANNAPOLIS — The city will host a community workshop Thursday giving residents the opportunity to receive information and provide opinions on potential bike routes and proposed infrastructure enhancements around Kannapolis.

The workshop will be held at the Kannapolis Train Station, 201 S. Main St., and residents can drop in anytime between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Last year, a community survey showed a strong interest in outdoor exercise destinations, but also indicated concerns over safety and traffic, keeping many residents from exploring outdoor exercise options, the city said in a news release.

Kannapolis is using a technical assistance grant awarded by the N.C. Community Transformation Grant Project to plan for safer pedestrian and bike paths, adopt a “road diet” concept for the northern section of Loop Road, and potentially create a citywide bicycle network.

The hope is to provide residents with easier access to outdoor exercise opportunities, the news release said.

At the Thursday workshop, residents will receive information on a number of proposed bike routes and the Loop Road “road diet.” This plan would involve converting Loop Road’s outside travel lane to a buffered bicycle lane from West C Street to North Main Street. The goal would be to make Loop Road and the downtown area better, safer destinations for exercise.

Residents attending the drop-in session will have the opportunity to provide feedback and opinions on all proposed plans.

For more information, contact Irene Sacks at isacks@cityofkannapolis.com or 704-920-4326. More details can also be found at www.cityofkannapolis.com/bikeroutes .

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