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UPDATE: City council votes to support bike, pedestrian projects

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)-- Wilmington City Council voted Tuesday night to put pen to paper to support state funding for bike path improvements. The state now requires a letter of support from local governments if they want funds for these type of projects.

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 happened that are bicycle and pedestrian related."

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I agree 100%. There should

I agree 100%. There should be more emphasis & funding for bike paths. I just returned from Portland, OR & biking is a way of life, cars respect the bikers, the bike paths are abundant & Wilmington should look to Portland as a city that works exceptionally well with cars, bikes & pedestrians all on the same road.

Most people respect bikers that respect traffic.

But here in Wilmington, bikers do not comply to traffic laws. They run straight through red lights and stops signs, bypass traffic that is stopped, make illegal turns and arrogantly impede traffic flow in high traffic areas. These are the very reasons bikers do not gain respect here. Perhaps it's different in Oregon, but this is what we have here.

In order for continuity to exist between cars and bicyclists, the bikers need to adhere to traffic rules and regulations like everyone else, try to pick their paths outside of congested traffic at rush hour times and use a little common sense AND common courtesy. That goes a long way to bridging the gap in itself! Having colorful race jerseys and sporting their dainty little spandex shorts does not give them a special spot anywhere.

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i agree. there are plenty of places i would like to ride my bike to, but the traffic is scary. there ARE tons of bike paths, yes, but they do not all hook together nicely or are for more experienced riders, not children. one idea that helped in michigan, where my dad lives, is rails to trails, they turned old rail tracks into bike/walking paths. really nice. even connects cities!