Getting Connected

Getting Connected Via Paths in Wilmington, NC

New Share the Road Signs February 24, 2009

Filed under: Updates — gettingconnected @ 1:10 pm

If you have noticed the new Share the Road signs and pedestrian warning signs along Red Cedar and on Old Fort and Cannon Roads, pat yourself on the back! They are the first empirical evidence of the efforts of Getting Connected.

They were installed by the DOT in February as a start in addressing the issue of bicycle and pedestrian safety within the parameters of our overall plan.

Your signature on the petition helped. Please continue to encourage others to support these efforts by signing the petition.

Old Fort Just Off Hawk Rd

On Old Fort Just Off Hawk Rd

On Cannon Just Off Red Cedar

On Cannon Just Off Red Cedar


February 3, 2009

Filed under: Updates — gettingconnected @ 4:17 pm


Getting Connected has been working diligently for Federal grant money through the Safe Routes to School Program. The grant money for which we applied is intended for infrastructure improvements to facilitate children being able to walk or cycle to an elementary school.

We have worked closely with the Administration of the Ogden Elementary School as well as our CHAMPION, Chris O’Keefe, Director of Planning for New Hanover County. Mandatory to the grant application is a resolution from the County Commissioners authorizing the County as lead agency to submit the grant application and to administer the grant. At the February 2, 2k9 regular meeting of the New Hanover County Commissioners, the resolution was signed, making the application complete. The application has been submitted.

As outlined in the application, the grant money will be used to bring the multi-use path from Red Cedar along Middlesound Loop Road, to the school and across the entire length of the front of the school. The proposal is for a 7’ wide path allowing for pedestrians and bicycles.

Grant recipients are notified June 2k9, so keep your fingers crossed!

Getting Connected makes YouTube!

Perhaps you’ve had a look at the video of our second neighborhood ride. Hats off to Bruce Santhuff, a Getting Connected volunteer who is responsible for making the video. And thanks to his team, Craig Snow who helped shoot the video, and Bryan Cournoyer who edited it. Thanks guys! It looks great!


Haven’t checked out the video yet? Well, you can here on the Getting Connected site and you’ll want to see it for the BIG ANNOUNCEMENT that the North Carolina Department of Transportation along with the New Hanover County Commission has awarded us $200,000 for our multi-use path.

The money will be used to create multi-use pathway which will tie in from the current path at the corner of Military Cutoff and Covil Farm Roads, run along Covil Farm Road to the corner of Old Fort Road, covering about 7/10 of among the most hazardous sections between our neighborhood and the path on Military Cutoff Road. This money should be released to us July 2k9. In the meantime, engineering work is being done to create the best plan, with the most frugal use of the funds to get the path as far as we can with the allotted money.

Thanks for everyone’s support.

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