Group seeks to connect bike trails
By Chris Mudarri
Published: Thursday, January 1, 2009 at 2:16 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 1, 2009 at 2:19 p.m.
Peg Schroeder announced to nearly 100 bicyclists gathered in front of Ogden Elementary School on Dec. 28 that N.C. Department of Transportation had earmarked $200,000 to connect bike paths in the vicinity.
Residents of the Middle Sound area, nearby Bayshore, Marsh Oaks, Wessex, Gorman Plantation, Porters Neck and others got together for the second time to take a community bike ride initiated by local grassroots organization Getting Connected.
The group formed last spring to promote the upgrade and connection of area bike paths along roads such as Covil Farms, Hawk, Red Cedar, Middle Sound Loop, Darden and beyond. By linking bicycle and pedestrian paths and increasing safety features, the group hopes to advance health, community spirit, clean air and cultural access.
‘I want bike paths everywhere,’ said one participant. ‘I want to be able to ride a bike from my house to the beach.’
Bicyclists heard about the event through e-mail after signing a petition on the organization’s Web site. Schroeder, who’s on the steering committee, said they had more than 600 signatures so far.
‘People just love it,’ Schroeder said of the first community ride earlier in September. ‘Lots of people talked about how fun it was to be part of their community, to get out in their neighborhood and do something in their community with people they hadn’t even met. So that was really fun, and that’s why we said ‘Let’s do it again in December.”
The marked route of approximately two miles traveled from Odgen Elementary School and halfway around Middle Sound Loop Road.
Blue skies and an unseasonably warm temperature of 73 degrees cooperated to help make the pre-New Year’s jaunt a success.
‘The thing is that we want to get the bike paths, but we also really do live here, and it’s a fun thing to do with our neighbors,’ said Schroeder.
A map of the planned trail can be viewed at the group’s Web site, gettingconnected.org.