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UNCW designated bicycle-friendly campus

Friday, October 14th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The effort to go green is paying off at UNC Wilmington. The university is just one of 26 in the nation to be designated a “Bicycle Friendly University.”

Drive through campus, and you will notice one thing right away: Bicycles. Or rather the sheer number of them.

“When I first got my schedule and saw where my classes were and realized I’d have ten minutes, I couldn’t walk it. I decided I’d get a bike,” UNCW freshman Erica Vann.

Vann is certainly not alone. Friday morning there was a steady stream of bicyclists parking at the bike racks outside of classroom buildings.

Now UNCW is being honored for its commitment to promoting bikes and skateboarding on campus. The League of American Bicyclists has named the school a “Bicycle Friendly Unviersity.”

“I’m really excited about it,” UNCW Environmental Health Director Stan Harts said. “I think this continues to show our commitment to alternative transportation, bicycles, pedestrians and skateboard travel on campus, and we’re also putting out some of the information as far as safe use of that travel, basically being safe and responsible as you travel by bike and skateboard.”

Out of the 13,00 students who attend UNCW, it’s estimated about 8,000 of them own bikes here on campus, and making sure they have a safe way to get around is one of the reasons the university earned the bicycle friendly designation.

There are miles of bikes trails, a large number of bicycle spaces and bike lanes on the roadway.
Another reason for the honor? Students can buy bikes and skateboards on campus and even have them custom detailed.

“Doing custom paints gives a little unique taste, so not everyone is out there with similar bikes I think the students really like that a lot,” UNCW junior Jonathan Adams said.

UNCW’s designation as a Bike Friendly University is current for four years. The grant that accompanies the honor will help fund bicycle-related projects on campus.

The only other school in North Carolina to receive the bicycle friendly designation is UNC Greensboro.

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Biz Picture – Goodbye Wachovia, hello Wells Fargo

Friday, October 14th, 2011

It’s been nearly three years in the making, but on Saturday it’s official. The venerable North Carolina banking name Wachovia will vanish in the Wilmington area and across the state.

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Brunswick officials seek to ease disruptions from double bus runs

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Every change needs to be tweaked, Brunswick County School officials are saying.After the switch this year to a schedule of staggered school starting times to double up bus use, many throughout the county are voicing their opinion.To get suggestions on how to improve the schedule, administrators sent a survey to teachers and principals on Friday morning. Then the school board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 1 to discuss that survey and hear public comments.

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John Corbett, Jessy Schram in town filming ‘Smile’ for Hallmark

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Both actors star in the upcoming Hallmark Hall of Fame movie “A Smile as Big as the Moon” that began filming around Wilmington this month.

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Soles hired guards to protect property, police chief says

Friday, October 14th, 2011

When Jason Fowler was escorted from former Sen. R.C. Soles’ property early Thursday morning it was not by Tabor City police, but by private security guards.

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