Carrboro is North Carolina’s big winner in new ratings of bicycle-friendly communities published by the League of American Bicyclists.
While no North Carolina burg makes the nation's 13 top-ranked “platinum” and “gold” cities for two-wheel friendship, Carrboro is the state’s only representative on the list of 28 “silver” communities.
It's not clear what did Carrboro did to earn this recognition. A league web page outlines desirable town qualities under the headings of “engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement, evaluation.” A press release about bike-friendly communities says:
Mayors and community leaders are promoting bicycling to improve public health and quality of life while protecting the environment and provide better transportation choices. Bicycle commuting in BFCs has grown by 70 percent over the last eight years.
The fourth “bronze” tier of 117 bike friendliest includes Greensboro, Charlotte, Davidson, Durham, Cary and Chapel Hill. Last year, Carrboro was merely bronze, too.
As an automobile driver who frequently shares Carrboro and Chapel Hill streets with bicyclists, I wish these and other Triangle communities would boost their education and enforcement efforts regarding the little-known state bike safety law that requires cyclists to use headlights visible for 300 feet and rear reflectors visible for 200 feet after dark. (There's an effort in the legislature to add a taillight requirement.)
Too many two-wheelers travel without lights at night. That’s dangerous, and that's against the law.