Road Worrier blog
Posted by Bruce Siceloff on October 27, 2014
More bicycle riders across the United States are dying lately in crashes with cars, and a new national safety report makes clear that this is largely an adult problem that involves alcohol and other grown-up issues.
Eighty-four percent of the cyclists killed in car crashes in 2012 were age 20 or older, the Governors Highway Safety Association said Monday. Back in 1975, when bicycles were mostly for kids, the adult share of biking deaths was just 21 percent.
The urban share of bicycle fatalities has grown as more Americans move to the cities, and as a small but growing portion of workers travel to their jobs by bike – a 62 percent jump in two-wheel commuting between 2000 and 2013, according to U.S. Census data.
Posted by Bruce Siceloff on October 23, 2014
North Carolina and Virginia leaders hope one day to build a $4 billion shortcut for 110-mph trains between Raleigh and Richmond, but they’re planning to start out with slower trains and an incremental approach.
Posted by Bruce Siceloff on October 20, 2014
Triangle drivers have been paying more than $3 a gallon for regular since late 2010, but the plunge in world oil prices is sending retail gasoline prices down.
Posted by Bruce Siceloff on October 14, 2014
Jeff Mann, a former regional executive for Amtrak, has been named deputy secretary for transit at NCDOT. He’ll oversee the rail, ferry, aviation, bicycle-pedestrian and public transportation divisions.
Posted by Bruce Siceloff on October 10, 2014
Columbus County and neighboring Horry County, S.C., have pledged to pay $3.6 million toward the purchase of Carolina Southern Railway, which halted operation three years ago.
Posted by Bruce Siceloff on October 6, 2014
While lawyers negotiate a possible deal to determine where new bridges will be built for N.C. 12, work has been suspended on a bridge at Pea Island. But NCDOT’s expenses there have not ended: The contractor is paying 10 workers to protect the work site and equipment, and another 12 at the project management office.
Posted by Bruce Siceloff on October 1, 2014
The ramp from Poole Road to Interstate 440 West (Outer Beltline) will close Friday and reopen by 6 a.m. Monday.