Getting Connected

Getting Connected Via Paths in Wilmington, NC

Thanks for a Great 2009! December 8, 2009

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The Getting Connected Steering committee would like to wish you and your family a happy and safe holiday season.  Our efforts on this project are still ongoing.  We are still waiting on promised money and work through the Covil Farm neighborhood.  The Safe Routes to School grant application for sidewalks around Ogden elementary school was unsuccessful but can be applied for again.  We are currently searching for sources of funding (grants and/or government) for the remaining phases of the project around Middle Sound Loop Rd.  If you would like to get involved email



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RALEIGH — The way the N.C. Department of Transportation plans and designs its projects is changing.

The N.C. Board of Transportation today voted unanimously to approve the Complete Streets policy at its meeting in Raleigh. The policy directs NCDOT to consider accommodating several modes of transportation when building new projects or making improvements to existing infrastructure.

In the past, the department had no set policy instructing staff to think about alternative forms of transportation when planning projects. Although some engineers did add resources for pedestrians, bicyclists and those who take public transportation to their designs, it was not a requirement.

“This policy creates a solid foundation on which we can build a better transportation system for all types of commuters,” said Transportation Secretary Gene Conti. “NCDOT is not just a road-building department, and this policy emphasizes our commitment to safe and efficient travel for everyone.”

The benefits of this new approach include:
• Improving safety;
• Making it easier for travelers to get where they need to go;
• Encouraging the use of alternative forms of transportation;
• Increasing connectivity between streets and transit systems; and
• Building a strong sense of community.

Under the new policy, the department will collaborate with cities, towns and communities during the design and planning phases of projects. Together, they will decide if the transportation options available will serve the needs of the people and compliment the context of the area.
Click Here for the Official Press Release


Mission Statement June 17, 2009

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GETTING CONNECTED is a local citizens’ group aimed at the pursuit of new bicycle and pedestrian paths CONNECTING the extended neighborhoods of the Ogden Elementary School area. These paths are aimed along such roads as Covil Farms, Hawk, Red Cedar, Middlesound Loop, Darden, and beyond. This initiative has long been clearly established in the guidelines of the North Carolina Bicycle and Bikeway Act of 1974. These paths will not only CONNECT children and parents to the school but also CONNECT pedestrians and bicyclists to local attractions and amenities such as the brand new multi-use path along Military Cutoff, the beach, the Forum, Mayfaire, the Cross-City Trail and more. Furthermore, these paths will encourage people to get outside and enjoy healthy lifestyles and pursue alternate forms of transportation while feeling safe on these new routes.

GETTING CONNTECTED recognizes the benefits of this bicycle pedestrian path as an opportunity to:

  • Provide Ogden Elementary School children safe and healthy access to their school in accordance with the Federal and State Safe Routes to School initiative;
  • Reduce the continually increasing traffic in the areas around Ogden Elementary School, thereby making the roads safer for everyone;
  • Improve the health of our citizens of all ages through safe and easy access for walking and bicycling;
  • Provide better and safer alternative means to commute to nearby grocery and retail stores, banks, library, medical and professional offices, restaurants, and more, by CONNECTING the already established and underused bicycle pedestrian paths beginning at Military Cutoff Road and further connecting to Eastwood Road and beyond, thereby CONNECTING thousands of citizens in the greater Wilmington area in a healthy, safe, community spirited environment;
  • Reduce carbon emissions thereby improving the quality of the air we all breathe;
  • Reduce the amount of fossil fuels being burned and conserve energy, helping to break America’s dependence on oil by providing safe routes within our neighborhoods.

GETTING CONNECTED Steering Committee

Michael Bassano

Lorann Hellens

Ed Mondello

Bret Russell

Peg Schroeder

Adam Shay



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Middle Sound Loop to Military Cutoff?
Let your voice be heard !

May 12
5:30 – 7:00 PM
Ogden Elementary School

Let’s pack the school and
show our support for the path!

Tell ALL of your neighbors.

The last plan for our area was developed in 1987.
A whole lot has changed out here since then.

Our county government wants our input.
Let’s not let them down.

Details below.

If you have any questions, you can call a member of the Getting Connected Steering Committee…
Peg Schroeder 910-805-5807
Bret Russell 910-508-3569
Michael Bassano 910-443-5141
Adam Shay
Lorann Hellens
Ed Mondello

Public Meeting
May 12, 2009
5:30 – 7:00 PM
Ogden Elementary School

Middle Sound/Ogden…Future Directions

New Hanover County Planning Staff will be presenting an evaluation of the 1987 Middle Sound/Ogden…Future Directions Community Plan. Staff will discuss how the plan was implemented and will receive comments about changes that have occurred in the area.
Staff will also be prepared to hear what the residents wish to see in the future in Middle Sound.
Results of this meeting will help guide the department’s future planning efforts.

For More Information, Contact the New Hanover County Planning Department at 798-7165 and ask to speak to either Dorothy or Sam. The Middle Sound Plan is available for review on the Planning Department web page at


Community Bike Ride- April 18, 2009

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Mark your calendar………Next Community Bicycle Ride for ALL AGES!

Sunday, April 26, 2009
2:00 pm Meet at the Ogden Elementary School

We’ll take a slow ride around our neighborhood so everyone can keep up.

Check out the website, for the Getting Connected T-Shirts that are now available.

Or visit the Getting Connected booth at the Earth Day Fair at Hugh MacRae Park this Saturday, April 18, from 12 to 6! There will be over 50 booths. Be sure to stop by and say hi to us!

Get your friends and family to sign the petition.


Earth Day- April 22nd

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April 22nd 2009
Show your support of

Join your friends, neighbors,
in the celebration
by walking or biking to work and school.

*residents from the Middle Point, Stoney Brook,
Demarest, and nearby neighborhoods can meet for the bike ride to school at the Demarest Village bus stop gazebo at 7:15 am. Use of helmets and flashing lights encouraged. Ride at your own risk and exercise safety in numbers


New Share the Road Signs February 24, 2009

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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