UPDATE: Public Meetings to Discuss Connect Currituck Pedestrian Plan
by Think Currituck, on 8/25/17 11:15 AM
The draft of the Connect Currituck Pedestrian Plan is complete!
The public is invited to attend open house meetings on Thursday, August 31st for a presentation and discussion of the draft plan.
TWO meetings will be held on Thursday, August 31:
Corolla Library (1123 Ocean Trail) 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Currituck Senior Center (130 Community Way) 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Currituck County and North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) are working together to develop a Pedestrian Master Plan to improve walking conditions throughout Currituck. The plan aims to improve pedestrian safety and accessibility in Currituck for people of all ages and abilities.
You can visit WalkBikeNC to take a closer look at the blueprint for improving walking and bicycling in North Carolina Communities.
Here are the five pillars of the plan, with some great insights from WalkBikeNC:
Studies show that installing pedestrian and bicycle facilities directly improves safety by reducing the risk of pedestrian-automobile and bicycle-automobile crashes.
Walking and bicycling are some of the most basic forms of physical activity, and improving facilities for these activities and linking to parks and playgrounds would help to better connect communities to convenient recreation and exercise options.
Seventy percent of Americans say that having bike lanes or paths in their community is important to them, and two-thirds of homebuyers consider the walkability of an area in their purchase decision. This preference for communities that accommodate walking and bicycling is reflected in property values across the country.
According to the 2011 Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Survey, at least 70 percent of North Carolinians would walk or bike more for daily trips if walking and bicycling conditions were improved. With appropriate accommodations, walking and bicycling can provide alternatives to driving for commuting to work, running errands, or making other short trips.
Providing safe accommodations for walking and bicycling can help to reduce automobile dependency, which in turn leads to a reduction in vehicle emissions - a benefit for North Carolinians and the surrounding environment.
Connect Currituck aims to improve pedestrian crossings and walkways throughout the county. For more information, contact the Planning Department at (252) 232-3055.