Happy Friday, and a happy Fortify Friday it is indeed!
This morning, NC DOT announced a recent development in the Fortify Project: for the first time, drivers will be able to use the newly constructed lanes.
For months, the inside lanes on I-440 West between I-40 and the U.S. 64/264 Knightdale Bypass have been closed off to traffic with concrete barriers. With the next phase of Fortify construction beginning, these lanes will be reopened so that workers can shift their focus to the remaining outside lanes. The shift will officially take place Saturday, July 19th, at 11 p.m., weather permitting.
Since the lane re-openings and closures are switching sides, we’ll get to a sneak peek of what the completed Fortify Project will bring. According to NC DOT engineer Dennis Jernigan, at this point, the Fortify Project is “ahead of schedule” and phase two traffic patterns will begin soon. Drivers are also being cautioned to be more observant than ever, as the new traffic pattern will essentially eliminate the interstate shoulder. In phase two, concrete barriers will line both sides of I-440 West except by the Poole Road and U.S. 64/264 exits. For a better idea of what the new traffic pattern entails, check out the map below:
Currently, the same shift is expected to take place on the I-440 East side in August. If you’d like more information, the complete press release and map are also available on the NC DOT website.
Have a great weekend,
Don’t you just love the Durham Farmers’ Market (DFM)? It’s got stellar Yelp reviews, inspired a Bon Appetit “postcard” write-up, and is probably the most happening spot downtown pre-10am on Saturdays. In fact, the only thing I don’t like about the market is that I have to get up early to score the best finds (consider yourself warned!).
The DFM is all about community and to help make sure that everyone could enjoy the fruits (and veggies) of our NC farmers, they began accepting EBT/SNAP (food stamps) this past spring. This Saturday they’re launching the Double Bucks Program, a new program that will match SNAP benefits up to $10 per person.
It just so happens that we’ll be launching a free shuttle to the Durham Farmers’ Market starting this Saturday, too! Look for the SPECIAL BCC at Durham Station to get a ride. Look for the signs and if you’re coming this Saturday, July 19, I’ll be there in the morning with our re-usable shopping bags, perfect for toting your market finds. If you miss me at the station, come look for me at the DFM’s info table.
Oh, one more thing. One of Charge Ahead Durham’s three weekly challenges is to ride the bull– no, not the one at Shooters, I’m talking about the Bull City Connector. If you’re going to go to the Durham Farmer’s Market, why not take the shuttle back and go ahead and get your charge done?
The results are in: yesterday, Midtown Raleigh News announced that a recent study found Raleigh can support a bike share program. This “feasibility” study factored in variables like tourist market, population density, resident polls, and city comparison. Ultimately, the Oak City stood up to the task and proved it could be the next hot spot for the cycling program.
Why are we so excited about this news? Well, not only is bike sharing good for the environment, it’s also good for cities and their residents.
In 2013, 43% of bike share participants in Denver reported that they use the program to replace car trips, while 31.5% of D.C. bike sharers reported reduced stress. In fact, cyclists lose 13 pounds on average in their first year of cycling.
One study even found that only 39.8% of men who cycle to work are overweight compared to the 60.8% of men who drove to work. Another reported that women who walk or bike 30 minutes a day have a lower risk of breast cancer.
By using a bike share program, you can tighten your waistline without tightening your wallet. Many cities have seen an uptick in business after implementing bike share programs. In Paris, local bike sales experienced a 35% increase with similar results across the US. CitiBike alone has created 200 new jobs.
One blogger explains that economic stimulus from bike sharing occurs in several ways: (1) by diverting customers to local businesses; (2) leaving potential customers with more cash in their pockets; and (3) by providing incentives for young, tech-savvy employees to relocate to areas. These all sound like excellent things both for Raleigh business and for residents.
Have a great Thursday,
Happy Friday! Er, Thursday, that is. Tomorrow’s 4th of July holiday marks our second long weekend this summer. Since many vacationers experienced high traffic and gas prices on Memorial Day, we’re again encouraging people not to hit the road and instead hit up their local scene. Staycations are an awesome opportunity to explore Triangle culture and save money, and this time, we’ve made it a little easier with our first-ever Bull City Connector Dining Guide!
The BCC offers free rides along Main Street in Durham, a route that passes by some of Durham’s best eats and treats. Now, 80+ local eateries have teamed up to offer discounts and deals to anyone who presents the Dining Guide at participating locations. From fresh baked donuts to drinks on the patio, you can enjoy all the perks of vacation without ever picking up your keys.
To get your staycation started, click here to download the official Bull City Connector Dining Guide. Each eatery is labeled by stop number and price point, so for the next step, find the stop nearest you using the one of our transit apps. Finally, be sure to show us your favorite finds on Twitter and our Facebook page, or share your best #foodstagrams with us on Instagram.
Have a great holiday weekend!