Getting Connected

Getting Connected Via Paths in Wilmington, NC

Rails to Trails Sees Stimulus as a Bike and Pedestrian Opportunity November 23, 2008

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Within days of President-elect Obama taking office, Congress will likely pass a new large-scale economic recovery package, aiming to create millions of jobs.
A significant percentage of this package may be allocated specifically to transportation infrastructure. This presents both a threat and an opportunity.
The threat: Unless we speak up, these transportation funds will go overwhelmingly to road projects葉he same unbalanced strategy that has created our existing transportation problems.
The opportunity: Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, in partnership with Thunderhead Alliance and America Bikes, has collected a list of hundreds of ready-to-go active transportation projects from communities across the country. These projects would create new jobs and revitalize communities by funding trails, bike lanes, sidewalks and other infrastructure.
This would meet the ultimate goal of the recovery package: creating immediate jobs. Additionally, such an investment strategy would provide both immediate economic benefits and lasting positive change.
The long-term benefits are many: promoting local businesses along active transportation corridors; reducing health care costs; and curbing climate change emissions and oil dependency. These projects would also establish the principle that active transportation infrastructure is a wise, efficient and desirable public investment.
Please sign our petition to President-elect Obama and key congressional leaders, encouraging them to fund these important bicycle and pedestrian projects:

I support explicit funding for trails, walking and biking in the upcoming economic recovery package. Funding active transportation is a cost-effective investment that creates jobs and leads to healthier people, stronger communities, decreased oil dependency, and reduced climate change emissions.

Thank you,
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
 

Response from Ted Davis October 24, 2008

Filed under: Politicians,Updates — gettingconnected @ 2:03 am

Dear Steering Committee:

 

At a Candidates Forum in Carolina Beach on October 9, 2008, I stated that I would support New Hanover County working with the North Carolina Department of Transportation to develop bicycle pathes that would be safe for the public to use, as well as obtaining the necessary funding to do so.

 

I would also support such an effort for new bicycle and pedestraian paths connecting the extending neighborhoods of Ogden Elementary School.

 

Quite frankly, I believe that the biggest obstacle to the implementation of such paths will be funding.  Therefore, I cannot assure you of what, if any, funding that New Hanover County will also be able to provide.

 

Yours very truly,

 

Ted Davis, Jr

 

Response from Bill Kopp October 23, 2008

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Dear Members of Getting Connected Steering Committee:

 

Thank for the opportunity to meet with you to discuss your Getting Connected initiative in the Middle Sound Loop Road area.  As I conveyed to your during our meeting, this is an initiative that I whole-heartedly support and I will continue to lobby the North Carolina Department of Transportation, our local Transportation Advisory Committee, and County administration in facilitating in such a plan.

 

During our meeting I also conveyed to you that counties, as recently as the last session of the General Assembly, are now legally able to spend tax dollars for road-type projects and as this type of multi-use path will be within the NCDOT right-of-ways, the project will need the cooperation of NCDOT and local funding from New Hanover County.

 

During our meeting, I also suggested to you that the community affected by this initative could help expedite the project by making a local contribution, either financially or in some other way.

 

I look forward to working with you on this project.

 

Sincerely,

 

Bill Kopp

Commissioner

 

Response from Brian Berger October 21, 2008

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Hello Getting Connected Members,

 

I applaud your efforts and dedication in promoting expansion of multi-use paths in the Ogden area. Further, I support your efforts. It appears to me that a reasonable approach would involve collaboration between citizen activists (a.k.a. those who are about their community and improving residents quality of life), New Hanover County resources and the DOT. With regards to the NC DOT, money compels. A commitment from the County Parks Department and/or New Hanover County Public Schools, to maintain any facility which is constructed would be crucial to securing NC DOT interest in pursuing a project of this nature. In fact, DOT stipulates that they have to have a maintenance agreement to proceed.

 

Identifying potential grants, and private organizations willing to commit to the project’s maintenance and upkeep activities, perhaps including Getting Connecting, would go a long way toward making the project more feasible as we head into a period where reduced budget resources and increased demands for funding will be exacerbated.

 

Given the traffic issues and other benefits affected by the proposed multi-use path expansion, I welcome the opportunity to work with members of Get Connected to pursue the organization’s objectives and identify creative solutions to acheive the desired end-goal, by bringing together a range of stakeholders and exploring all of the options that could make the fully-developed multi-use path in Ogden a reality.

 

Please feel free to contact me at anytime if you have any questions, comments or would like to lend support to my campaign.

 

Best Regards,

Brian

Brian Berger

527 Commons Way
Wilmington, NC 28049
(910) 431-3115
http://www.electberger.com

 

Candidate Positions October 15, 2008

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The following letter has been sent to the following political candidates. We will post responses as soon as we have them. We encourage everyone to vote this election and to make an informed decision.

Julia Boseman, Micheal Lee, Danny McComas, Sandra Spaulding Hughes, George J. Swart, Carolyn Justice, Jonathan Barfield, Jr., Ted Davis, Jr., Bill Kopp, Jason R. Thompson, Brian Matthew Berger.

Re: Upcoming Election and Multi-Use Paths

Dear Candidate:

Please accept the following inquiry on behalf of the Getting Connected, a local citizens’ group aimed at the pursuit of new bicycle and pedestrian paths CONNECTING the extended neighborhoods of Ogden Elementary School. To date over 600 New Hanover County residents that have signed our petition in support of new bicycle and pedestrian paths. We recently had a neighborhood ride with over 125 people in attendance; many of which where children and families.

We are interested in offering all local candidates the chance to express their position on adding and supporting new multi-use paths in the area. We believe that additional multi-use paths will dramatically increase the health and quality of life of our local residents. In addition, studies have shown that multi-use paths increase property values and the subsequent tax values. For additional information on our campaign you can visit http://www.gettingconnected.org.

As a potential non-profit organization we can not endorse particular candidates. However, we can effectively communicate your positions with our supporters and the residents of the Ogden area. We look forward to hearing your views on multi-us paths and any other positions that you might have relevant to this issue.

Sincerely,

Getting Connected Steering Committee
Michael Bassano
Lorann Hellens
Ed Mondello
Brett Russell
Adam Shay
Peg Schroeder

cc: Patrick Gannon, Wilmington Star News