On Friday, October 22nd, we shared our Cross Triangle Greenway dream with the community by riding most of it! The free and public ride was ~39 miles between two spectacular landmarks of Raleigh and Durham.
Start: At 12 noon, the ride kicked-off at the NC Museum of Art.
Finale Celebration: ~5:15-6:30pm on the lawn by the Durham Bulls ballpark and the American Tobacco Campus. Speakers included NC Secretary of Transportation Gene Conti, Durham Bike/Ped Coordinator Dale McKeel, Durham City Council member Mike Woodard, East Coast Greenway Alliance Director Dennis Markatos-Soriano, & many more.
The ride was almost 75% off the road on greenways — passable on a road bike, though there were 2 miles of fine stone dust through Umstead and a few miles of non-paved trail in southern Durham County. So depending on preference, you may want to use thicker tires. For a map and cue sheet of our planned route, click here.
The ride included three short rest stops with snacks, drinks, a rest room, and an update on local greenway progress. Our itinerary was (we also Tweeted from @ECGreenway along the way):
12-12:20 – Kickoff at NC Museum of Art
12:20 – Leave NC Museum of Art
12:45 – pass Harrison Ave Umstead State Park entrance parking (mile 4.7)
1 – pass Old Reedy Creek Rd Black Creek Greenway entrance by Lake Crabtree (mile 6.7)
1:20 to 1:30 – 1st rest stop at Godbold Park of Cary staffed by SAS volunteers (mile 10.5)
1:45 – pass Bond Park of Cary (mile 13.8)
2:45 to 3 – rest stop #2 at White Oak Church trailhead (mile 22.6)
4 to 4:15 – rest stop #3 at REI Durham by Southpoint (mile 31.4)
4:25 – pass ATT trailhead north of I-40 (mile 32.1 – beginning of family-friendly 10k ride)
5:20 – Arrive at finale on the lawn to celebrate and hear inspiring words until sunset (~6:30pm) from leaders of the Cross Triangle Greenway effort
Greenway Transit provided a morning and evening shuttle for ~50 riders for just $5 per person. A morning shuttle from Durham to the Museum of Art loaded at 10am by American Tobacco Campus and left at 10:30am sharp.
The PM shuttle took riders back to the Museum starting point after the finale (loading ~6pm and leaving ~6:30pm).
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New Logistics Section:
1. First off, congratulations: the weather looks great for the ride — sunny with a high ~68 degrees. As the sun goes down, it may start to feel cool so keep that in mind.
2. Morning shuttle to the Museum: If you signed up for the morning shuttle, we need you on Blackwell Street below the Durham Freeway at 10am to pack up the bus (bikes will go underneath). The bus plans to leave at 10:30am sharp so don’t be late if you want a ride. Our shuttle is almost full with the following riders who have paid/reserved space: 1. Bob Russo 2. Steve Mitchell 3. Susan Fitzgerald 4. Tony Barrett 5. Alison McEwan 6. Dale McKeel 7. Kathy McGhinnis 8. Stu Catto 9. Cindy Blair 10. Jimmy Benton 11. Sandra Beetcher 12. Robert Beetcher
3. Parking at the Museum kick-off: park as far away from the museum (upper lot – closer to Blue Ridge Road) as possible so that we don’t take up closer museum parking spots for the whole afternoon. The kick-off will take place near the parking lot.
4. Evening shuttle: Our post-ride shuttle back to the Museum will begin boarding ~6pm by the finale lawn (between DPAC and the Bulls stadium) and leave by 6:30pm. We have reserved shuttle seats for the following people: 1. Ralph Anderson 2. Susan Bowers 3. Wendy Brackett 4. Cass Chisholm 5. Allison Connolly 6. Wayne Hester 7. Ken Kaye 8. Claire Millar 9. Jen Rozycki 10. Kristin Saintomas 11. Nicole Saladin 12. Sarah Slover 13. Damien Wilkinson
For others who don’t have a ride back to Raleigh, you can join riders who are taking the 7:46pm Amtrak from Durham to the State Fair (about a mile from the Museum) or other Raleigh locations (bring lights for your bike if you plan to ride after dark).
5. For the bike ride: We will try to stay together at a pace ~10-13 mph. This pace will help us be respectful to other trail users (pedestrians, oncoming bicyclists, etc.). Keep right except to pass – communicate with each other — including calling out “on your left” when passing. During the ~28% of the route that is on-road, we will observe the rules of the road. One exception would be when ride marshals have stopped traffic to help the group stay together through an intersection. All riders must wear helmets throughout the ride. We will have many cue sheets available for riders, and feel free to familiarize yourself with the route and other details at our website: www.CrossTriangleGreenway.org
6. You will have 3 rest stops during the ride (~1 every 10 miles) for you to grab a snack, drink or bathroom. Remember to bring a water bottle and stay hydrated. At the kick-off, rest stops, and finale we will have excellent speakers describe the latest greenway bike/pedestrian progress within their region.
7.The Finale: Will be held on the lawn with the flag poles on Blackwell Street (surrounded by the Durham Bulls Stadium, American Tobacco, and DPAC – Durham Performing Arts Center)
9. Bring a smile and have a great, safe time!
Please help us spread the word by sharing this link and/or printing and posting this flyer:
The upcoming ride was made possible by generous donations by:
American Tobacco Historic District
Mig Murphy Sistrom, CPA
Ride partners include:
NC Rail Trails
DWM Foundation’s Triangle Commuter Bike Initiative
Eat Smart Move More of the NC Division of Health,