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Parallel Universe

November 20, 2012

A lot of older, grid-based cities are bicycle friendly by default because you’re rarely more than one block away from a parallel route.  Unfortunately for cyclists in Carrboro and Chapel Hill, a lot of the traffic diverting/traffic calming road features of yesteryear were blocked off, paved over, or rerouted when the automobile came to town.  While these pathways may be cut off to folks in cars, there are still a good number of parallel lines available to the adventurous cyclist.

The gravel lot next to Surplus Sid’s on Main St. serves as a gateway to the northern portions of Carrboro and Chapel Hill, and provides access to a couple of low traffic east/west corridors (Cobb, Caldwell, etc.) as well as an unpaved shortcut through Baldwin Park.

Surplus Sid’s on Main St.

 

Through the lot.

 

The gateway.

Heading east into Baldwin Park.

Through the park.

The back side of Baldwin Park @ Craig St.

 

 

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Ray Lovinggood permalink
    November 20, 2012 12:52 pm

    Thanks! I’ve lived in Carrboro for over 20 years and I don’t know ANY of the “hidden” trails.

    Keep posting these gems.

    • November 20, 2012 2:07 pm

      Surely you must know some of them from the Cruiser Tuesday rides…

      Regardless, I’ll happily continue to post as many as I can think of.

  2. November 20, 2012 12:59 pm

    The last photo features one of Chapel Hill/Carrboro’s loveliest of high-speed, blastable launches into that hill…

  3. November 20, 2012 5:10 pm

    Awesome. There oughta be a law protecting these paths, and rewarding property owners for being accommodating.

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