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Wilmington needs more bike and pedestrian paths

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)– Bike paths in Wilmington could lose state funding.

Cyclists say the paths need a lot of improvements, but a new state requirement could delay funding for any of these new projects.

Suzy Linger and her family grew up riding their bikes in Ohio.

“A state that’s bike friendly,” Fred Linger said.

So, when they packed up their bicycles for a trip to Wilmington they were a bit surprised.

“Were there bike paths?” Suzy Linger asked.

After one try on the road they said it just did not feel safe.

“For my daughter especially,” Suzy said. “I think that’s why she only wanted to ride the one time. She didn’t really want to deal with the cars.”

Executive Director for the Metropolitan Planning Organization, Mike Kolzosky says after the city’s planning staff analyzed the current bike paths, they also found a need for more.

“It’s important to point out there is a safety issue,” Kolzosky said. “From 2007 to 2013, there were over 800 injuries and 24 fatalities that have occurred that are bicycle and pedestrian related.”

Suzy’s husband Fred sat out on their porch and saw how easily these accidents happen.

“I saw a number of times where cars pulled out in front of bikers and bikers had to dodge the cars if the car didn’t see them at all.”

Kolzosky says the state now requires a letter of support from local governments if they want state funding.
“A letter acknowledging this local commitment is part of the process.”

Until the city creates more paths, the Linger’s say they won’t be cycling on Port City roads again.

“No. it’s too tense.”

Tonight at 6:30 p.m. city council will discuss whether or not to support the funding.


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Fair Bluff police investigate burned homes

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Detectives believe someone set two Fair Bluff houses on fire early Tuesday morning after breaking in and getting away with stolen items, according to Police Chief Darrell Trivett.


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Guest Your Turn: Is fracking worth it?

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

My wife and I are leaving North Carolina after 12 great years. We're leaving before oil and gas industries remake this state into something unrecognizable and unlivable.

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TRAFFIC ALERT: Accident causing slowdowns near Cape Fear Memorial Bridge

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

A traffic accident on Highway 74/76 in Brunswick County near the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge has all lanes backed up.

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Lee to take oath of office for NC Senate

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County’s new state senator will be sworn in to office tomorrow.

Michael Lee will take the oath of office to serve in the 9th District NC Senate seat during a ceremony at 1:30 p.m. at Wilmington City Council Chambers. Court of Appeals Justice Bob Hunter will administer the oath.

“I am excited to represent the great people of this county over the coming months and will fight for the causes that I believe in: protecting the film incentive, reforming our education system, and promoting pro-growth economic policies,” Lee said in a statement. “I also look forward to the campaign this fall where I hope to earn the trust and confidence of the voters in November.”

Lee, a Republican is running against Democrat Elizabeth Redenbaugh for the seat in November.

Lee takes office to replace Sen. Thom Goolsby, who recently resigned. Goolsby had announced early this year he would not seek a third term. The New Hanover County Republican Party Executive Committee nominated Lee to fill the seat last week.


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