Posts Tagged ‘Raleigh’

Tour de Toys, for the tots

Typically, we think of benefit rides and fundraising runs as the work of big nonprofits, of a team engaged in pulling off a major event. The MS Society of Eastern North Carolina and the 2,000-plus-rider MS 150, the American Diabetes Association’s likewise behemoth Tour de Cure. Some, though, are pulled off through the vision and drive of one key person. The Raven Rock Ramble, instance, an annual May century ride…

How yesterday’s greenway votes in Raleigh, W.F., affect you

Triangle voters showed once again they love their greenways and are willing to pay for them. Bond packages in Raleigh and in Wake Forest both passed yesterday by landslide margins, providing funding for two key greenways. In Raleigh, 68 percent of voters approved $92 million in parks bonds that include $4.4 million for a 3-mile stretch of greenway linking the Crabtree Creek Trail with Umstead State Park. In Wake Forest,…

Bright leafs, short hikes

Wandering through Old Salem, from which Winston-Salem derives its second half, I was reminded that you needn’t drive deep into the country to enjoy fall color. I was reminded, too, that while the season is always better on foot — more time to linger and enjoy — you don’t necessarily need to walk an unpaved surface. Content from Old Salem All that said, here’s a short slideshow from Old Salem…

Falls Whitewater Park: A worthy investment

Tonight, proponents of the Falls Whitewater Park will go before the Raleigh City Council in hopes of adding the proposed park to an upcoming Raleigh parks bond referendum. The council should unanimously approve the request. A little background, then the “why?” The effort to create a modest whitewater park at the base of Falls Lake dam began more than a decade ago. It was spurred in part by efforts to…

Update: The Triangle’s evolving bicycle-pedestrian Scene

Progress never comes fast enough. That was evident at this morning’s Fourth Annual Triangle Bike and Pedestrian Workshop, where local transportation planners got together to talk about progress made in 2013 and share what’s on the drawing board for this year and beyond. Nothing like getting a look under the tree a year or more in advance. Still, presents are presents. One of the less tangible gifts was the presence…

Ten places for a spring paddle

Last Thursday on a trip down east  was my first day on the water and it put me of a mind to spend more time paddling. The quiet, save for the birdsong and the occasional gal-lump of a turtle inelegantly abandoning sunny log for murky water. The wildlife, including an alligator that was even more distracted by the sun and warmth. The emergence of spring, with the pastel buds of…

Crabtree Creek Greenway on the verge of linking with Umstead

A settlement reached earlier this week between Raleigh and the owners of a quarry along Crabtree Creek means the city can finally proceed with a 2- to 3-mile extension of the Crabtree Creek Trail into Umstead State Park. The extension will create a roughly 18-mile paved greenway along Crabtree Creek from Umstead to Raleigh’s 28-mile Neuse River Trail. “It’s the last missing piece,” Vic Lebsock, Raleigh’s senior greenway designer, said…

Leon willing, here’s where you can cross-country ski

It’s days like today that I pat myself on the back for a decision made 13 years ago. I’d just finished a gorgeous day on the groomed trails at the White Grass ski touring center in West Virginia and was returning my rental equipment. “How was it?” asked the ski rental guy. “Incredible!” I oozed. “I can’t wait to go again.” “You know,” he said, “Our rental skis are for…

Tour de Toys: Calling all Santas

Sunday, Dec. 14, is the fourth running of the Tour de Toys, a unique charity ride in the world of two-wheel fundraising. Unique because it’s in chilly December, typically a slow month on the cycling calendar. Unique in that whereas the long option in a typical charity ride is 64 miles and the short 32, the hardcore at Tour de Toys will be going 12 miles, the recreational riders 6….

Raleigh: 15th healthiest

I wrote the following for The News & Observer, where it appeared Monday, Aug. 19, 2013. It appears here with links. If you live in Charlotte and wonder where your town fared in the American Fitness Index ranking of the nation’s 50 largest metro areas, come back tomorrow for that report. Despite boasting five Bicycle Friendly Communities and a greenway system fast becoming one of the best in the nation,…