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Bicycling in Greensboro: a first look

Nov 1st, 2011 | By | Category: Misc

Green is a big deal in Greensboro. Beyond our namesake and lush landscape, Greensboro boasts a commitment to sustainability which is exemplified through our strong bicycling community. Clubs and programs provide a community for bike enthusiasts while the various greenways and trails provide a place for that community to interact. The “share the road” philosophy provides bike lanes and legislation to allow cyclists of all ages and expertise to safely engage Greensboro from a two-wheeled perspective.

Greenways and Trails

Greenways

Greensboro boasts a wealth of greenways for easy cycling in an urban setting. The greenways often trek through neighborhood alongside streams and river beds. The Greensboro greenways also incorporate abandoned railway lines, paying homage to the various forms of transportation which have helped our town become “the Gate City.”

Once completed in 2014, the Downtown Greenway will span 4 miles and pass through College Hill, Fisher Park, Southside, Warnersville, and Westerwood. For more info, visit: downtowngreenway.org.

Greensboro Downtown Greenway Detour Sign

Greensboro Downtown Greenway Detour Sign in College Hill

Downtown Greenway (4 miles)
  • Phase 1: “Southern Trail” – Lee St. to Freeman Mill Rd. (complete!)
  • Phase 2: “Murrow Linear Park” – Lee St. to Summit Ave.
  • Phase 3: “Northern Trail” – Summit Ave. to Battleground Ave. (connects to Atlantic & Yadkin Greenway)
  • Phase 4: “Magic Mile” – Fisher Ave. to Lee St. (under contruction)

In the meantime, there are several greenways which run through neighborhoods all over town. For maps and more information, visit: greensboro-nc.gov.

Northeast
  • Northeast Community Trail (1.2 miles)
Central
Lake Danial Greenway in Westerwood

Lake Danial Greenway in Westerwood

  • Atlantic & Yadkin Greenway (7.5 miles)
  • Bicentennial Greenway (4.9 miles)
  • Lake Daniel Greenway (2 miles)
  • Latham Park Greenway (1.2 miles)
Southwest
  • Rolling Roads Greenway (0.62 miles)
  • Hillsdale Greenway (1.0 mile)
Southeast
  • Greenhaven Greenway (0.63 miles)
  • Shannon Hills Greenway (1.15 miles)

 

Trails

Greensboro’s piedmont woods are not only a serene setting, but also home to several singletrack trails for cyclists who enjoy mountain biking in a more rustic environment. Most trails are found more on the outskirts of town, however the Copperhead Trails in Country Park rests in the western-central part of Greensboro. More information about mountain bike trails can be found at mountainbikethetriad.com.

Singletrack mountian bike trial in Burmil Park

Singletrack mountian bike trial in Burmil Park

Northeast
  • Reedy Fork Trail (7 miles)
  • Blue Heron Trail (3 miles)
Northwest
  • Bur-Mil Park: Owl’s Roost (8 miles), Big Loop (3.5 miles), Little Loop
  • Bald Eagle Loop (8 miles)
  • Wild Turkey Trail (3 miles)
Central
  • Copper Head Trail at Country Park (4 miles)
Southeast
  • Hagan Stone Park (8 miles)

Clubs and Programs

There are several clubs and organizations to suit cylicsts who roam in packs. Area clubs often offer seminars, repair workshops, charity rides, safety lessons, and all sorts of things “bike.”

Clubs

Programs

  • Ped Power: a program from is a Piedmont Triad Council of Governments (PTCOG) which works with the city to improve conditions for cyclists and pedestrians. http://www.pedpower.org

Sharing the road: Laws, Signals and Roadways

Law:

North Carolina law views bicycles as vehicles, meaning they are subject to the same regulations as cars and trucks.

This includes:

  • Driving under the influence
  • Riding congruently with traffic
  • Obeying all traffic signals and signs
  • Use hand signals to indicate turning directions
  • Use of a headlight and taillight
  • Helmets are not required for anyone over the age of 16
  • Bikes and pedestrians are not allowed on beltlines or highways (this includes Bryan blvd.)

Hand Signals:

Hand signals must be used when making a turn on a bicycle. These are the same signals used when vehicle lights are inoperable.

  • Left turn: left arm extended straight.
  • Right turn: left arm extended and bent up at the elbow to form an “L” shape
  • Stopping/Slowing: left arm extended and bent down at the elbow

Lanes and Edge Lines

Bike lanes are common among several parts of town, particularly around College Hill and other areas with heavy bike activity. They are clearly indicated using road markings and signage. Cars are not allowed to park in or use bike lanes for any reason.

According to the city of Greensboro website, ”a bike lane is a portion of a roadway that has been designated by stripes, signs, and bicycle pavement markings for the preferential or exclusive use of bicyclists. Bicyclists may ride two abreast in a bike lane if the width allows.”

Some areas of Greensboro have edge lines rather than bike lines. An edge line is present to separate the shoulder from the road. The biggest difference between bike lanes and edge lines is that the shoulder and edge line can be used by pedestrians and cars, in addition to bikes.

5 Comments to “Bicycling in Greensboro: a first look”

  1. Julie Joyce says:

    Nice piece…my biggest issue with biking in this town is that most drivers do not respect the bike lanes. I can't tell you how many times I've been on Spring Garden and seen a car go into the bike lane in order to not have to wait for the car in front of him to turn left. It seems almost the required practice, sadly.

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