Thursday, October 10, 2013
Using Google's Map Maker, I recently submitted the Irwin Creek Greenway portion between Clanton Rd. and Revolution Park, which is missing from their map. This type of information is used in their own bicycling and pedestrian directions, as well as for many other apps and websites. It is useful for planning connectivity and commuting routes. This is a nicely paved greenway and meanders through open fields, as well as forests. Here is my submission and then Google's response.
Just for the record, cars are not allowed on the Irwin Creek Greenway and there are bollards to keep them out at the ends. The only vehicles you might see are golf carts near the golf course.
This odd looking area of green paint recently showed up at the S. Tryon and Carson Blvd. intersection. It appears to have a bicycle detection sensor. The arrow points towards eastbound Carson Blvd. Is this supposed to facilitate making a left turn onto Carson? Are you supposed to wait in the middle of the intersection? If your bike is sitting on the sensor the way it is painted, it is not lined up with Carson and would confuse motorists as to what direction you are trying to go. It would be nice if there were instructions or a sign telling cyclists (and motorists) what this is for and what it does.
|Looking south on S. Tryon|
|Facing north on S. Tryon at Carson.|
The bike lane on 4th St. is almost always occupied by parked vehicles as seen in these photos. The "No Parking" signs are ineffective.
The Trolley Trail, which runs from Morehead St. to Peterson Dr., had been closed for over a year between Remount Rd. and New Bern. Most of this section is somewhat reopened. There is supposed to be a trail on both sides of the tracks when the apartment construction is finished.
|Looking north on the Trolley Trail from near New Bern Station on October 9, 2013.|
After reporting them disappearing last month, it looks like some of the old inverted "U" racks are returning to Park Road Shopping Center. Some of these are in different places than before, such as in front of Park Road Books and Rite Aid. I kind of miss the sun shades that hung from the awnings.
|This one is in front of Harris Teeter|
|In front of the Post Office. This is pretty much in the same spot as before.|