Blue Ridge Road Bike/Ped Improvements

The City is looking to complete bicycle and pedestrian improvements to Blue Ridge Road from Trinity Road to just north of Reedy Creek Road in Raleigh, NC.  The objective of this project is to fill bicycle facility and sidewalk gaps along this roadway. This will include concepts to provide pedestrian and bicycle facilities over Wade Avenue to improve connectivity in the corridor between the NCSU Biomedical Campus, State Fairgrounds, PNC Arena Complex, NC Museum of Art, Rex Hospital, and the Reedy Creek Greenway Trail. 

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City of Raleigh Poll:
What are your destinations within this section of Blue Ridge Road corridor?
Through Travel
68%
NC Museum of Art
84%
NC State University
35%
NC State Government Facilities
8%
Reedy Creak Greenway Trail
65%
Westchase Office Complex
24%
PNC Arena & Carter Finley Stadium
54%
NC State Fairgrounds
62%
Rex Hospital & Medical Offices
48%
Poll Closed | 63 Responses
Pierre TongThe NC Museum of Art is pretty well connected with bike/ped facilities with the Reedy Creek Greenway and the art museum trails. I'd love to see some bike/ped connections with the fairgrounds/PNC arena and other existing facilities.
Reply Flag 2 Agreeone year ago
Nate HumphreyI use this part of town for several destinations, but don't currently feel comfortable/confident connecting them using existing bike/ped facilities.
Reply Flag 2 Agreeone year ago
Joe WhitehouseI use the greenway to the museum and onto Umstead park. Going through the art museum is a very good and safe experience. Continuing onto Umstead park is not bad but would be good to have the section to Edwards Mill road improved for both cycling and running would be a good effort in completing this link.
Reply Flag 1 Agreeone year ago
Nancy Gardner RichRaleigh could benefit from bicycle tourism. All those cars going by with bikes on their bike racks would enjoy visiting the Art Museum and the fairgrounds so much more on their bikes. My family takes a yearly trip to Florida, just to enjoy the greenway trails in Tampa, Jacksonville, and Orlando.
Reply Flag 0 Agreeone year ago
Nancy Gardner RichConcerned about availability of a public restroom when the museum is not open.
Reply Flag 0 Agreeone year ago
kristydactylAll of these are important destinations. I also travel to Umstead Park, through the tunnel at Ligon St to NC State, the Arboretum off Beryl Rd and connection to the greenway at the NC Museum of Art.
Reply Flag 0 Agreeone year ago
Michele McIntoshI walk on the greenway from Westchase Office Complex to PNC Arena, and have used the greenway for running from the Art Museum to Umstead. I am middle aged and used my bicycle as my main mode of transport in my early 20's. If there were a relatively safe route from the intersection of Capital/Millbrook to the State Fairgrounds area I would ride my bike to work occasionally. I saw a non-recreational cyclist (lower income commuter) last night during rush hour on the Capital Blvd bridge over 440. Please improve the Blue Ridge corridor for safe cycling, as well as other parts of town where people currently bicycle, and need safer access. Thank You.
Reply Flag 0 Agreeone year ago
Corinne WilsonI ride my bike to work at WestChase, but currently feel safer taking back roads, though it takes much longer for me. I'd love for bicycle safety improvements on Blue Ridge to make it safer.
Reply Flag 0 Agreeone year ago
City of Raleigh Poll:
Which modes of transportation do you use along this section of the Blue Ridge Road Corridor?
Drive
83%
Run
29%
Walk
38%
Bike
52%
Public Transportation
12%
Poll Closed | 58 Responses
trungmvoHow I currently use the road does not indicate how I would like to use the road.
Reply Flag 4 Agreeone year ago
Nate HumphreyI agree with others on this, my response is not indicative of how I would like to be using this corridor. I am confident and comfortable with crossing the corridor (NCMA to Reedy Creek for example), but I am not when I need to get to various points along it.
Reply Flag 2 Agreeone year ago
Todd DThe road environment is not currently conducive for biking and walking, but the Museum's improvements are a great start.
Reply Flag 2 Agreeone year ago
Nancy Gardner RichCycling and walking are good ways to get around in a crowded corridor like Blue Ridge. The idea of biking or walking to a doctors appointment or to visit the museum is very appealing to those of us who live nearby. I would love to leave my car at home for any errands in that area.
Reply Flag 1 Agreeone year ago
kristydactylWhile I do own a vehicle, I primarily bicycle for transportation. I generally avoid Blue Ridge Road and take alternate side routes if I am on a bicycle or drive a car to this section of Raleigh because it is not very bicycle-friendly.
Reply Flag 1 Agreeone year ago
Heather C WrightTransit connections to the District Drive Park & Ride are now non-existent except for the CRX, so if I ever have to take an alternate bus home I end up stuck on Blue Ridge (in the dark half the year) with no sidewalks and very few safe places to cross streets. There are no pedestrian/cycle options for requesting light changes and no cross walk signals. Having a safe way to get from the stop near the Ramada to District Drive would help a lot.

Also, game/event day pedestrian traffic is heavy and can create a hazard for pedestrians on all the non-contiguous sidewalks in that area. Improved pedestrian access with an eye to the expanding transit options is a definite need in this area.
Reply Flag 0 Agreeone year ago
Don RobertsA critical link to the Greenway
Reply Flag 0 Agreeone year ago
Nancy Gardner RichWe have recumbent cycles, so there is a concern about too-high hedges and other walls that might block visibility from a lower angel.
Reply Flag 0 Agreeone year ago
CSSprankleWould love to see this area become more pedestrian and bike friendly!
Reply Flag 0 Agreeone year ago
Swin SpiveyMany bike lanes and paths need to be added and/or Improved. Including all of Millbrook Rd, Duraleigh Rd, blue Ridge Rd, and all of Ebemezer Church Rd.
Reply Flag 0 Agreeone year ago
Pierre TongI would walk/bike more along the corridor if improvements were made - currently just mostly drive.
Reply Flag 0 Agreeone year ago
Steve*Wide* sidewalks!
Reply Flag 0 Agreeone year ago
Elisa ArevaloI live on Duraleigh Rd and work near the PNC Arena. I usually bike to work but feel the need to avoid peak hours, it's just not bike or pedestrian friendly at all. However, I feel much safer in my bike. When I run/walk home, crossing the Wade Avenue Bridge is scary as hell!
The crossing of Hillsborough St is another area that I think needs to be improved in the short term. The bike lane ends and you are left with crossing the railroad tracks and the street, which is not nice. Pedestrian and bike connection with the Fairgrounds is definitely needed.
Reply Flag 0 Agreeone year ago
Tim StammersI would love to be able to bike in bike lane or separate lane from along Duraleigh from Oak Park to the park and ride bus facility off blue ridge road
Reply Flag 0 Agreeone year ago
L.H. HayesAs a Raleigh native & a driver for over 30 years, it is very difficult for me to respect cyclists on the road when they don't respect me. Why do they not obey the lights, signs, lanes, etc. when we as drivers must. Twice recently I've had cyclists performing unsafe movements in front of me, in one case a bike cutting around me.
Reply Flag 0 Agreeone year ago
Joe WhitehouseHappy to see the focus coming for the various modes of transportation and how to make this a safe and useful environment for all.
Reply Flag 0 Agreeone year ago
Corinne WilsonI would bike and run more if it was safer. I work at the WestChase buildings on blue ridge, and I would love to be able to run to the Art Museum (I did it once before, but I was scared going over the bridge because the rail is too low and there's no sidewalk).
Reply Flag 0 Agreeone year ago
Steven BIt is currently impossible to take public transportation to this area. I would gladly take the bus to NCMA and the Fairgrounds, but for some reason the #16 and #4 terminate at Rex Hospital. Furthermore, these buses do not run on weekends (maybe Saturday but not Sundays). Buses should also service the Annual NC State Fair, thereby reducing vehicular traffic.
Reply Flag 0 Agreeone year ago
City of Raleigh Poll:
How important is the appearance of the Blue Ridge bridge at Wade Avenue as a gateway into Raleigh?
Very Important
47%
Somewhat Important
34%
A Little
12%
Not at All
7%
Poll Closed | 68 Responses
Nate HumphreyThis should be a signature project for our city, an opportunity to set the tone that we are an innovative, exciting, active, and engaged capital city. As visitors and citizen enter for work, major events, or are welcomed home from their daily commute, the bridge should be a point of pride.
Reply Flag 4 Agreeone year ago
Jay DawkinsThat's a great point. For people visiting for PNC events, Blue Ridge is their first 'non-highway' impression of Raleigh.
Reply Flag 0 Agreeone year ago
Todd DIt is our gateway bridge from the airport and for visitors to PNC Arena events.
Reply Flag 1 Agreeone year ago
Nancy Gardner RichThe Hovenring in the Netherlands is a prime example of a bridge with international fame because of its beauty and design.
Reply Flag 0 Agreeone year ago
CSSprankleNever really thought about it but it is the main entrance to the city for visitors from the airport and the western part of the state. It is a nice branding opportunity that's currently not being taken advantage of,
Reply Flag 0 Agreeone year ago
Pierre TongI don't necessarily think it's a major gateway but it sure would be nice if money was available to spruce it up.
Reply Flag 0 Agreeone year ago
Corinne WilsonThis is a great opportunity to make a really cool entrance into Raleigh!
Reply Flag 0 Agreeone year ago
patrickxits not a gateway. City planners may want it to be, but the community doesn't think it is a gateway.
Reply Flag 0 Agreeone year ago
ranavnSo many people come into to Raleigh from the west. We really need an entrance on I-40/Wade that says this is a cool place to live and access entertainment.
Reply Flag 0 Agreeone year ago
Steven BRaleigh is the CAPITAL CITY. Whatever we do here should be aesthetically pleasing as well as highly functional.
Reply Flag 0 Agreeone year ago
City of Raleigh Poll:
What are your highest priorities for transportation improvements along this section of Blue Ridge Road? (Please select top two options, only)
Roadway
15%
Bicycle
74%
Sidewalk
72%
Transit
21%
Poll Closed | 68 Responses
Nate HumphreyI'd love to be able to connect several destinations in one visit. I currently have the ability to connect by bike to NCMA, but then to connect to say a doctor's appointment or event at PNC or the Fairgrounds is intimidating. I'd love the ability to perhaps bike to NCMA and then connect it to a Flea Market/State Fair/Hurricanes event.
Reply Flag 5 Agreeone year ago
Nancy Gardner RichWe did our first ride to NCMA and then to the fairgrounds during the State Fair last year. It was great except for intersection of Reedy Creek and Wade. There's a greenway trail along Reedy Creek Road, but the cars aren't looking for cyclists to be crossing at Wade Avenue. We entered the fairgrounds through the Richland Creek Trail. I would love to see more cyclists go to the fair that way. We were the only cyclists we saw there.
Reply Flag 0 Agreeone year ago
John AdamsI cannot find an intersection of Reedy Creek and Wade. Reedy Creek crosses Edwards Mill and ends at Blue Ridge. Crossing Blue Ridge is usually a bit dicey.
Reply Flag 0 Agreeone month ago
Steven BThis is an example of non-contiguous sidewalks. How is a pedestrian supposed to walk from point A to point B when the sidewalk just ends?
Reply Flag 3 Agreeone year ago
sharonI'd love to be able to walk safely along Blue Ridge Rd.
Reply Flag 2 Agreeone year ago
Nancy Gardner RichMe too.
Reply Flag 0 Agreeone year ago
Erik LandfriedMake sure to design the corridor with transit in mind - this section is slated for frequent (a bus every 15 minutes or better) service in the Wake County Transit Plan. Think about where stops would be located and how they would interact w/pedestrian and bicycle facilities to reduce conflict and encourage connectivity of modes.
Reply Flag 1 Agreeone year ago
davidStrong consideration needs to be given for efficiently moving NCSU football traffic. Bike lanes are nice but effciently moving over 300,000 people in and out of games leaves a bigger impression of the area. Adding sidewalks and improved landscaping would help too.
Reply Flag 1 Agreeone year ago
Don RobertsRoadway and Bicycle
Reply Flag 0 Agreeone year ago
Don RobertsA critical link to the Umstead trails as well as future connection to RTP
Reply Flag 0 Agreeone year ago
Don RobertsA critical link to the Umstead trails as well as future transit to RTP
Reply Flag 0 Agreeone year ago
kristydactylDue to the distances between destinations at the present day, I would design for Transit and Bicycling, although I feel pedestrian improvements are likely most important from a safety perspective. Shade is very important in route choice for walking and biking in this area. With all of the pavement, it gets very hot.
Reply Flag 0 Agreeone year ago
Adam Migliore MeyerA comprehensive and contiguous sidewalk network will be critical for future transit investments in this corridor. Transit riders will need infrastructure for moving safely between transit stops and destinations.
Reply Flag 0 Agreeone year ago
Doug DuncanI don't feel safe riding my bike on Blue Ridge Road. A dedicated walkway / bike path separate from, but running parallel to Blue Ridge Road from the NC Museum of Art to Ebeneezer Church road would be a great improvement.
Reply Flag 0 Agreeone year ago
Rob E. LoomisIt would be great to make this corridor more bike/ped friendly. If I'm reading the map properly, this is up to and including the roadway along the art museum, which would be great given that the museum connects to the greenway system. One issue I observed last weekend when traveling from the bus stop across from the Ramada to Duraleigh/Edwards Mill: The art museum has a new cycle track along Blue Ridge, but it only goes one way, and it goes against traffic. There really needs to be bike and pedestrian facilities on both sides of the street, and if there's a roadway-adjacent cycle track, it needs to go in both directions, and preferably not leave a cyclist stranded on the wrong side of the road. Hopefully there are plans to adjust the District Drive light activation options. Not too long ago, I found myself across Blue Ridge from District Drive, having used some of new Art Museum paths, and wanting to go south of Blue Ridge, but having no option to get the light to change. I just had to wait for a break in traffic and go for it, which is far from ideal.
Reply Flag 0 Agreeone year ago
Pierre TongI think sidewalks are a must - you have heavy pedestrian use with the fair/NC State/Hurricanes games and you don't have adequate pedestrian facilities?
Reply Flag 0 Agreeone year ago
Steven BAs Raleigh continues to grow, we need to target specific destinations to be serviced by public transportation, such as NCMA and the State Fairgrounds. Residents need to be informed of the new/expanded bus route as an alternative to driving. I would love to walk along Blue Ridge Road, but one cannot depend on sidewalks, since so many in Raleigh are not contiguous.
Reply Flag 0 Agreeone year ago
Todd DBike and ped favilities are needed to connect some of the State's most visited tourism locations and specisl events.
Reply Flag 0 Agreeone year ago
City of Raleigh Poll:
Are there any other improvements needed within this section of the Blue Ridge Road corridor
Poll Closed
Mary Pat Castro MillsKeep them off of Blue Ridge!! With all medical offices there and cars going slowly looking for the building, we don't need any more congestion!!!
Reply Flag 7 Agreeone year ago
Aaron PhillipsUm no, sorry.
Reply Flag 1 Agreeone year ago
Vickie WhiteCan you also take a look at the traffic lights on Blue Ridge. You have to sit way too long at Hillsborough and Blue Ridge and also at Blue Ridge and Beryl Rd.
Reply Flag 6 Agreeone year ago
Pierre TongThe problem there is with the train tracks there (and you can't allow cars to stop on the tracks in case a train comes through).
Reply Flag 0 Agreeone year ago
Larry WalkerSidewalks from Reedy Creek to at least over Wade.....
Reply Flag 5 Agreeone year ago
Kibwe KeybwayMake sure they all have 4 wheels ??
Reply Flag 4 Agreeone year ago
Becky Berry JohnsonWhatever they do, I hope they do a better job than they did with the lanes downtown, especially along Salisbury. And, in addition, can we get a law making it mandatory to wear helmets?
Reply Flag 3 Agreeone year ago
Teresa Rouse McLeanI agree about downtown. As a bike rider it scares me.
Reply Flag 1 Agreeone year ago
Jasmin R WilsonWe need buses on Blue Ridge Rd
Reply Flag 3 Agreeone year ago
patrickxYou should hold a design charette at night when the majority of people who work would be able to attend.
Reply Flag 3 Agreeone year ago
Barry LongMake them pay insurance and put tags on them like the rest of us that ride the road
Reply Flag 2 Agreeone year ago
Mike PorvaznikYou do realize probably 99 percent of cyclists also own cars and pay those same taxes right?
Reply Flag 2 Agreeone year ago
Betty J. Johnson VaughnThe bike lanes are insane the way they cross from one side of the street and squeeze other lanes!
Reply Flag 2 Agreeone year ago
Jay DawkinsMore safe mid-block crossings could be helpful. During events (football especially), the area around Trinity can be a sea of people trying to cross. And with the art museum's expansion, more connections to the nearby healthcare offices would be great.
Reply Flag 2 Agreeone year ago
Todd DWhat mid-block locations are you talking about? There really are none on Blue Ridge in this area. You talking about Trinity itself.
Reply Flag 1 Agreeone year ago
Jay DawkinsI'm thinking about Blue Ridge, during State Fair, football, or other big events - and you're spot on, there are no mid-block crossing points that I'm aware of. When people park on the east side of Blue Ridge or along Hillsborough Street and encounter the long distance between intersections, they sometimes risk scurrying across in traffic rather than walking all the way to Trinity.
Reply Flag 1 Agreeone year ago
sharonYes. I agree!
Reply Flag 0 Agreeone year ago
HarrySeparated facilities for bicycles and pedestrians - especially on the Blue Ridge bridge.
Reply Flag 2 Agreeone year ago
Nancy Gardner RichAgreed.
Reply Flag 0 Agreeone year ago
Johnny MartinezEasy don't ride the bike in the streets we need more bike lane problem solve and add more city buses that work 24/7 like NYC
Reply Flag 1 Agreeone year ago
Lisa TurkelNot have one... No infrastructure you idiots
Reply Flag 1 Agreeone year ago
Aaron PhillipsBike lanes!?
Reply Flag 1 Agreeone year ago
Corinne WilsonDefinitely need wide sidewalks for state fair traffic and walking traffic to the art museum from WestChase!
Reply Flag 1 Agreeone year ago
Joe WhitehouseHaving a roadway section that can accommodate cars, buses, bikes and pedestrians should be the goal. This is a vital link to the area in connecting important destinations as this area continues to improve with economic development in the future. Glad to see the focus.
Reply Flag 1 Agreeone year ago
dwight otwellseparate signals or signal phases for bike facilities at major intersections.
Reply Flag 1 Agreeone year ago
Gerald PlaistedThat would be nice for us bicyclists, but unfortunately would make an extremely congested area even more so.
Reply Flag 0 Agreeone year ago
Steven BWe need to think of ways to make the Blue Ridge corridor a destination. For example, we should draw restaurants to the area.
Reply Flag 1 Agreeone year ago
Nancy Gardner RichSeparated lanes for peds and cyclists, please. Ways to slow down cars: medians, speed bumps, planters.
Reply Flag 0 Agreeone year ago
kristydactylThe Wade avenue interchanges is in need of safety improvements for bicycling and walking.
Reply Flag 0 Agreeone year ago
Adam Migliore MeyerWayfinding signs and branding should be a part of the bicycle and pedestrian improvements in order to enhance the identity of the Blue Ridge Road corridor and strengthen the visibility of the Art-to-Heart corridor, which connects the NC Museum of Art with Downtown Raleigh.
Reply Flag 0 Agreeone year ago
Nancy Gardner RichAgreed!
Reply Flag 0 Agreeone year ago
Teresa Rouse McLeanNot on the road! Greenway running parallel!
Reply Flag 0 Agreeone year ago
Adam Rafael BorgesKeep it exactly how it is! Adaptation is natural
Reply Flag 0 Agreeone year ago
Elder Gerald WellsImprove the whole city in every area
Reply Flag 0 Agreeone year ago
Johnny MartinezWe need to increase RDU with all the jungle and trees we have lots of spaces to build this city bring more attraction like a Major Baseball team a water park Casinos another Football team on this side of Raleigh Nc not Charlotte
Reply Flag 0 Agreeone year ago
Bryan SprouseIt's a difficult task ,with the jam up at the railroad crossing hindering traffic for miles.
Reply Flag 0 Agreeone year ago
Richard LorithThis picture is Blue Ridge and Trinity by the Arena I know the city is growing
Reply Flag 0 Agreeone year ago
Gerald PlaistedPlease consider building a pedestrian bridge for Rex employees from the parking lot on the west side of Blue Ridge. Since the timer on that particular light has been modified, my commute to NCSU has increased from 10 or 15 minutes to 20 or 25 minutes because that light is completely out of synch with the lights at Ridge Road and Lake Boone Trail. Traffic becomes extremely congested in that area during rush hours. A pedestrian bridge would mitigate traffic issues while providing a safer route for Rex employees and visitors to reach the facilities. Thank you.
Reply Flag 0 Agreeone year ago
CSSprankleI would like to see more hotels and restaurants. It would be nice to be able to walk to lunch before or after an appointment at the hospital or medical offices, and I can't believe that hotels near the hospital, fairgrounds, and arena wouldn't stay full all the time.
Reply Flag 0 Agreeone year ago
Nancy Gardner RichAgreed! Restaurants to walk to would be awesome!
Reply Flag 0 Agreeone year ago
ranavnlight rail would be a wonderful way to move people around the area if the outer access points have plenty of parking
Reply Flag 0 Agreeone year ago
Todd DWhile it may have been studied to death, RPD and Centennial Authority really need to reprioritize their traffic ingress/egress plans to reduce traffic crossing over each other (i.e. Trinity left turns going through Westchase intersection and vice versa) that in turn would help pedestrian crossings.
Reply Flag 0 Agreeone year ago
Rita FleckContact city planners from cities the size of Raleigh and ask for advice. Redmond, WA is a good place to start!
Reply Flag 0 Agreeone year ago
Rita FleckI recommend Redmond because they have a great biking program. Never turn down the opportunity to learn something from all sources available. You're welcome.
Reply Flag 1 Agreeone year ago
Bryan SprouseReally, a city with the population of 57k and comparing it to Raleigh with 375k up, SKOS
Reply Flag 0 Agreeone year ago

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Which modes of transportation do you use along this section of the Blue Ridge Road Corridor?
  • 48 83% Drive
  • 30 52% Bike
  • 22 38% Walk
  • 17 29% Run
  • 7 12% Public Transportation
trungmvoHow I currently use the road does not indicate how I would like to use the road.
Reply 4 Agreeone year ago
Nate HumphreyI agree with others on this, my response is not indicative of how I would like to be using this corridor. I am confident and comfortable with crossing the corridor (NCMA to Reedy Creek for example), but I am not when I need to get to various points along it.
Reply 2 Agreeone year ago
Todd DThe road environment is not currently conducive for biking and walking, but the Museum's improvements are a great start.
Reply 2 Agreeone year ago
Nancy Gardner RichCycling and walking are good ways to get around in a crowded corridor like Blue Ridge. The idea of biking or walking to a doctors appointment or to visit the museum is very appealing to those of us who live nearby. I would love to leave my car at home for any errands in that area.
Reply 1 Agreeone year ago
kristydactylWhile I do own a vehicle, I primarily bicycle for transportation. I generally avoid Blue Ridge Road and take alternate side routes if I am on a bicycle or drive a car to this section of Raleigh because it is not very bicycle-friendly.
Reply 1 Agreeone year ago
Heather C WrightTransit connections to the District Drive Park & Ride are now non-existent except for the CRX, so if I ever have to take an alternate bus home I end up stuck on Blue Ridge (in the dark half the year) with no sidewalks and very few safe places to cross streets. There are no pedestrian/cycle options for requesting light changes and no cross walk signals. Having a safe way to get from the stop near the Ramada to District Drive would help a lot.

Also, game/event day pedestrian traffic is heavy and can create a hazard for pedestrians on all the non-contiguous sidewalks in that area. Improved pedestrian access with an eye to the expanding transit options is a definite need in this area.
Reply 0 Agreeone year ago
Don RobertsA critical link to the Greenway
Reply 0 Agreeone year ago
Nancy Gardner RichWe have recumbent cycles, so there is a concern about too-high hedges and other walls that might block visibility from a lower angel.
Reply 0 Agreeone year ago
CSSprankleWould love to see this area become more pedestrian and bike friendly!
Reply 0 Agreeone year ago
Swin SpiveyMany bike lanes and paths need to be added and/or Improved. Including all of Millbrook Rd, Duraleigh Rd, blue Ridge Rd, and all of Ebemezer Church Rd.
Reply 0 Agreeone year ago
Pierre TongI would walk/bike more along the corridor if improvements were made - currently just mostly drive.
Reply 0 Agreeone year ago
Steve*Wide* sidewalks!
Reply 0 Agreeone year ago
Elisa ArevaloI live on Duraleigh Rd and work near the PNC Arena. I usually bike to work but feel the need to avoid peak hours, it's just not bike or pedestrian friendly at all. However, I feel much safer in my bike. When I run/walk home, crossing the Wade Avenue Bridge is scary as hell!
The crossing of Hillsborough St is another area that I think needs to be improved in the short term. The bike lane ends and you are left with crossing the railroad tracks and the street, which is not nice. Pedestrian and bike connection with the Fairgrounds is definitely needed.
Reply 0 Agreeone year ago
Tim StammersI would love to be able to bike in bike lane or separate lane from along Duraleigh from Oak Park to the park and ride bus facility off blue ridge road
Reply 0 Agreeone year ago
L.H. HayesAs a Raleigh native & a driver for over 30 years, it is very difficult for me to respect cyclists on the road when they don't respect me. Why do they not obey the lights, signs, lanes, etc. when we as drivers must. Twice recently I've had cyclists performing unsafe movements in front of me, in one case a bike cutting around me.
Reply 0 Agreeone year ago
Joe WhitehouseHappy to see the focus coming for the various modes of transportation and how to make this a safe and useful environment for all.
Reply 0 Agreeone year ago
Corinne WilsonI would bike and run more if it was safer. I work at the WestChase buildings on blue ridge, and I would love to be able to run to the Art Museum (I did it once before, but I was scared going over the bridge because the rail is too low and there's no sidewalk).
Reply 0 Agreeone year ago
Steven BIt is currently impossible to take public transportation to this area. I would gladly take the bus to NCMA and the Fairgrounds, but for some reason the #16 and #4 terminate at Rex Hospital. Furthermore, these buses do not run on weekends (maybe Saturday but not Sundays). Buses should also service the Annual NC State Fair, thereby reducing vehicular traffic.
Reply 0 Agreeone year ago
What are your destinations within this section of Blue Ridge Road corridor?
  • 53 84% NC Museum of Art
  • 43 68% Through Travel
  • 41 65% Reedy Creak Greenway Trail
  • 39 62% NC State Fairgrounds
  • 34 54% PNC Arena & Carter Finley Stadium
  • 30 48% Rex Hospital & Medical Offices
  • 22 35% NC State University
  • 15 24% Westchase Office Complex
  • 5 8% NC State Government Facilities
Pierre TongThe NC Museum of Art is pretty well connected with bike/ped facilities with the Reedy Creek Greenway and the art museum trails. I'd love to see some bike/ped connections with the fairgrounds/PNC arena and other existing facilities.
Reply 2 Agreeone year ago
Nate HumphreyI use this part of town for several destinations, but don't currently feel comfortable/confident connecting them using existing bike/ped facilities.
Reply 2 Agreeone year ago
Joe WhitehouseI use the greenway to the museum and onto Umstead park. Going through the art museum is a very good and safe experience. Continuing onto Umstead park is not bad but would be good to have the section to Edwards Mill road improved for both cycling and running would be a good effort in completing this link.
Reply 1 Agreeone year ago
Nancy Gardner RichRaleigh could benefit from bicycle tourism. All those cars going by with bikes on their bike racks would enjoy visiting the Art Museum and the fairgrounds so much more on their bikes. My family takes a yearly trip to Florida, just to enjoy the greenway trails in Tampa, Jacksonville, and Orlando.
Reply 0 Agreeone year ago
Nancy Gardner RichConcerned about availability of a public restroom when the museum is not open.
Reply 0 Agreeone year ago
kristydactylAll of these are important destinations. I also travel to Umstead Park, through the tunnel at Ligon St to NC State, the Arboretum off Beryl Rd and connection to the greenway at the NC Museum of Art.
Reply 0 Agreeone year ago
Michele McIntoshI walk on the greenway from Westchase Office Complex to PNC Arena, and have used the greenway for running from the Art Museum to Umstead. I am middle aged and used my bicycle as my main mode of transport in my early 20's. If there were a relatively safe route from the intersection of Capital/Millbrook to the State Fairgrounds area I would ride my bike to work occasionally. I saw a non-recreational cyclist (lower income commuter) last night during rush hour on the Capital Blvd bridge over 440. Please improve the Blue Ridge corridor for safe cycling, as well as other parts of town where people currently bicycle, and need safer access. Thank You.
Reply 0 Agreeone year ago
Corinne WilsonI ride my bike to work at WestChase, but currently feel safer taking back roads, though it takes much longer for me. I'd love for bicycle safety improvements on Blue Ridge to make it safer.
Reply 0 Agreeone year ago
What are your highest priorities for transportation improvements along this section of Blue Ridge Road? (Please select top two options, only)
  • 50 74% Bicycle
  • 49 72% Sidewalk
  • 14 21% Transit
  • 10 15% Roadway
Nate HumphreyI'd love to be able to connect several destinations in one visit. I currently have the ability to connect by bike to NCMA, but then to connect to say a doctor's appointment or event at PNC or the Fairgrounds is intimidating. I'd love the ability to perhaps bike to NCMA and then connect it to a Flea Market/State Fair/Hurricanes event.
Reply 5 Agreeone year ago
Nancy Gardner RichWe did our first ride to NCMA and then to the fairgrounds during the State Fair last year. It was great except for intersection of Reedy Creek and Wade. There's a greenway trail along Reedy Creek Road, but the cars aren't looking for cyclists to be crossing at Wade Avenue. We entered the fairgrounds through the Richland Creek Trail. I would love to see more cyclists go to the fair that way. We were the only cyclists we saw there.
Reply 0 Agreeone year ago
John AdamsI cannot find an intersection of Reedy Creek and Wade. Reedy Creek crosses Edwards Mill and ends at Blue Ridge. Crossing Blue Ridge is usually a bit dicey.
Reply 0 Agreeone month ago
Steven BThis is an example of non-contiguous sidewalks. How is a pedestrian supposed to walk from point A to point B when the sidewalk just ends?
Reply 3 Agreeone year ago
sharonI'd love to be able to walk safely along Blue Ridge Rd.
Reply 2 Agreeone year ago
Nancy Gardner RichMe too.
Reply 0 Agreeone year ago
Erik LandfriedMake sure to design the corridor with transit in mind - this section is slated for frequent (a bus every 15 minutes or better) service in the Wake County Transit Plan. Think about where stops would be located and how they would interact w/pedestrian and bicycle facilities to reduce conflict and encourage connectivity of modes.
Reply 1 Agreeone year ago
davidStrong consideration needs to be given for efficiently moving NCSU football traffic. Bike lanes are nice but effciently moving over 300,000 people in and out of games leaves a bigger impression of the area. Adding sidewalks and improved landscaping would help too.
Reply 1 Agreeone year ago
Don RobertsRoadway and Bicycle
Reply 0 Agreeone year ago
Don RobertsA critical link to the Umstead trails as well as future connection to RTP
Reply 0 Agreeone year ago
Don RobertsA critical link to the Umstead trails as well as future transit to RTP
Reply 0 Agreeone year ago
kristydactylDue to the distances between destinations at the present day, I would design for Transit and Bicycling, although I feel pedestrian improvements are likely most important from a safety perspective. Shade is very important in route choice for walking and biking in this area. With all of the pavement, it gets very hot.
Reply 0 Agreeone year ago
Adam Migliore MeyerA comprehensive and contiguous sidewalk network will be critical for future transit investments in this corridor. Transit riders will need infrastructure for moving safely between transit stops and destinations.
Reply 0 Agreeone year ago
Doug DuncanI don't feel safe riding my bike on Blue Ridge Road. A dedicated walkway / bike path separate from, but running parallel to Blue Ridge Road from the NC Museum of Art to Ebeneezer Church road would be a great improvement.
Reply 0 Agreeone year ago
Rob E. LoomisIt would be great to make this corridor more bike/ped friendly. If I'm reading the map properly, this is up to and including the roadway along the art museum, which would be great given that the museum connects to the greenway system. One issue I observed last weekend when traveling from the bus stop across from the Ramada to Duraleigh/Edwards Mill: The art museum has a new cycle track along Blue Ridge, but it only goes one way, and it goes against traffic. There really needs to be bike and pedestrian facilities on both sides of the street, and if there's a roadway-adjacent cycle track, it needs to go in both directions, and preferably not leave a cyclist stranded on the wrong side of the road. Hopefully there are plans to adjust the District Drive light activation options. Not too long ago, I found myself across Blue Ridge from District Drive, having used some of new Art Museum paths, and wanting to go south of Blue Ridge, but having no option to get the light to change. I just had to wait for a break in traffic and go for it, which is far from ideal.
Reply 0 Agreeone year ago
Pierre TongI think sidewalks are a must - you have heavy pedestrian use with the fair/NC State/Hurricanes games and you don't have adequate pedestrian facilities?
Reply 0 Agreeone year ago
Steven BAs Raleigh continues to grow, we need to target specific destinations to be serviced by public transportation, such as NCMA and the State Fairgrounds. Residents need to be informed of the new/expanded bus route as an alternative to driving. I would love to walk along Blue Ridge Road, but one cannot depend on sidewalks, since so many in Raleigh are not contiguous.
Reply 0 Agreeone year ago
Todd DBike and ped favilities are needed to connect some of the State's most visited tourism locations and specisl events.
Reply 0 Agreeone year ago
How important is the appearance of the Blue Ridge bridge at Wade Avenue as a gateway into Raleigh?
  • 32 47% Very Important
  • 23 34% Somewhat Important
  • 8 12% A Little
  • 5 7% Not at All
Nate HumphreyThis should be a signature project for our city, an opportunity to set the tone that we are an innovative, exciting, active, and engaged capital city. As visitors and citizen enter for work, major events, or are welcomed home from their daily commute, the bridge should be a point of pride.
Reply 4 Agreeone year ago
Jay DawkinsThat's a great point. For people visiting for PNC events, Blue Ridge is their first 'non-highway' impression of Raleigh.
Reply 0 Agreeone year ago
Todd DIt is our gateway bridge from the airport and for visitors to PNC Arena events.
Reply 1 Agreeone year ago
Nancy Gardner RichThe Hovenring in the Netherlands is a prime example of a bridge with international fame because of its beauty and design.
Reply 0 Agreeone year ago
CSSprankleNever really thought about it but it is the main entrance to the city for visitors from the airport and the western part of the state. It is a nice branding opportunity that's currently not being taken advantage of,
Reply 0 Agreeone year ago
Pierre TongI don't necessarily think it's a major gateway but it sure would be nice if money was available to spruce it up.
Reply 0 Agreeone year ago
Corinne WilsonThis is a great opportunity to make a really cool entrance into Raleigh!
Reply 0 Agreeone year ago
patrickxits not a gateway. City planners may want it to be, but the community doesn't think it is a gateway.
Reply 0 Agreeone year ago
ranavnSo many people come into to Raleigh from the west. We really need an entrance on I-40/Wade that says this is a cool place to live and access entertainment.
Reply 0 Agreeone year ago
Steven BRaleigh is the CAPITAL CITY. Whatever we do here should be aesthetically pleasing as well as highly functional.
Reply 0 Agreeone year ago
Are there any other improvements needed within this section of the Blue Ridge Road corridor
Mary Pat Castro MillsKeep them off of Blue Ridge!! With all medical offices there and cars going slowly looking for the building, we don't need any more congestion!!!
Reply 7 Agreeone year ago
Aaron PhillipsUm no, sorry.
Reply 1 Agreeone year ago
Vickie WhiteCan you also take a look at the traffic lights on Blue Ridge. You have to sit way too long at Hillsborough and Blue Ridge and also at Blue Ridge and Beryl Rd.
Reply 6 Agreeone year ago
Pierre TongThe problem there is with the train tracks there (and you can't allow cars to stop on the tracks in case a train comes through).
Reply 0 Agreeone year ago
Larry WalkerSidewalks from Reedy Creek to at least over Wade.....
Reply 5 Agreeone year ago
Kibwe KeybwayMake sure they all have 4 wheels ??
Reply 4 Agreeone year ago
Becky Berry JohnsonWhatever they do, I hope they do a better job than they did with the lanes downtown, especially along Salisbury. And, in addition, can we get a law making it mandatory to wear helmets?
Reply 3 Agreeone year ago
Teresa Rouse McLeanI agree about downtown. As a bike rider it scares me.
Reply 1 Agreeone year ago
Jasmin R WilsonWe need buses on Blue Ridge Rd
Reply 3 Agreeone year ago
patrickxYou should hold a design charette at night when the majority of people who work would be able to attend.
Reply 3 Agreeone year ago
Barry LongMake them pay insurance and put tags on them like the rest of us that ride the road
Reply 2 Agreeone year ago
Mike PorvaznikYou do realize probably 99 percent of cyclists also own cars and pay those same taxes right?
Reply 2 Agreeone year ago
Betty J. Johnson VaughnThe bike lanes are insane the way they cross from one side of the street and squeeze other lanes!
Reply 2 Agreeone year ago
Jay DawkinsMore safe mid-block crossings could be helpful. During events (football especially), the area around Trinity can be a sea of people trying to cross. And with the art museum's expansion, more connections to the nearby healthcare offices would be great.
Reply 2 Agreeone year ago
Todd DWhat mid-block locations are you talking about? There really are none on Blue Ridge in this area. You talking about Trinity itself.
Reply 1 Agreeone year ago
Jay DawkinsI'm thinking about Blue Ridge, during State Fair, football, or other big events - and you're spot on, there are no mid-block crossing points that I'm aware of. When people park on the east side of Blue Ridge or along Hillsborough Street and encounter the long distance between intersections, they sometimes risk scurrying across in traffic rather than walking all the way to Trinity.
Reply 1 Agreeone year ago
sharonYes. I agree!
Reply 0 Agreeone year ago
HarrySeparated facilities for bicycles and pedestrians - especially on the Blue Ridge bridge.
Reply 2 Agreeone year ago
Nancy Gardner RichAgreed.
Reply 0 Agreeone year ago
Johnny MartinezEasy don't ride the bike in the streets we need more bike lane problem solve and add more city buses that work 24/7 like NYC
Reply 1 Agreeone year ago
Lisa TurkelNot have one... No infrastructure you idiots
Reply 1 Agreeone year ago
Aaron PhillipsBike lanes!?
Reply 1 Agreeone year ago
Corinne WilsonDefinitely need wide sidewalks for state fair traffic and walking traffic to the art museum from WestChase!
Reply 1 Agreeone year ago
Joe WhitehouseHaving a roadway section that can accommodate cars, buses, bikes and pedestrians should be the goal. This is a vital link to the area in connecting important destinations as this area continues to improve with economic development in the future. Glad to see the focus.
Reply 1 Agreeone year ago
dwight otwellseparate signals or signal phases for bike facilities at major intersections.
Reply 1 Agreeone year ago
Gerald PlaistedThat would be nice for us bicyclists, but unfortunately would make an extremely congested area even more so.
Reply 0 Agreeone year ago
Steven BWe need to think of ways to make the Blue Ridge corridor a destination. For example, we should draw restaurants to the area.
Reply 1 Agreeone year ago
Nancy Gardner RichSeparated lanes for peds and cyclists, please. Ways to slow down cars: medians, speed bumps, planters.
Reply 0 Agreeone year ago
kristydactylThe Wade avenue interchanges is in need of safety improvements for bicycling and walking.
Reply 0 Agreeone year ago
Adam Migliore MeyerWayfinding signs and branding should be a part of the bicycle and pedestrian improvements in order to enhance the identity of the Blue Ridge Road corridor and strengthen the visibility of the Art-to-Heart corridor, which connects the NC Museum of Art with Downtown Raleigh.
Reply 0 Agreeone year ago
Nancy Gardner RichAgreed!
Reply 0 Agreeone year ago
Teresa Rouse McLeanNot on the road! Greenway running parallel!
Reply 0 Agreeone year ago
Adam Rafael BorgesKeep it exactly how it is! Adaptation is natural
Reply 0 Agreeone year ago
Elder Gerald WellsImprove the whole city in every area
Reply 0 Agreeone year ago
Johnny MartinezWe need to increase RDU with all the jungle and trees we have lots of spaces to build this city bring more attraction like a Major Baseball team a water park Casinos another Football team on this side of Raleigh Nc not Charlotte
Reply 0 Agreeone year ago
Bryan SprouseIt's a difficult task ,with the jam up at the railroad crossing hindering traffic for miles.
Reply 0 Agreeone year ago
Richard LorithThis picture is Blue Ridge and Trinity by the Arena I know the city is growing
Reply 0 Agreeone year ago
Gerald PlaistedPlease consider building a pedestrian bridge for Rex employees from the parking lot on the west side of Blue Ridge. Since the timer on that particular light has been modified, my commute to NCSU has increased from 10 or 15 minutes to 20 or 25 minutes because that light is completely out of synch with the lights at Ridge Road and Lake Boone Trail. Traffic becomes extremely congested in that area during rush hours. A pedestrian bridge would mitigate traffic issues while providing a safer route for Rex employees and visitors to reach the facilities. Thank you.
Reply 0 Agreeone year ago
CSSprankleI would like to see more hotels and restaurants. It would be nice to be able to walk to lunch before or after an appointment at the hospital or medical offices, and I can't believe that hotels near the hospital, fairgrounds, and arena wouldn't stay full all the time.
Reply 0 Agreeone year ago
Nancy Gardner RichAgreed! Restaurants to walk to would be awesome!
Reply 0 Agreeone year ago
ranavnlight rail would be a wonderful way to move people around the area if the outer access points have plenty of parking
Reply 0 Agreeone year ago
Todd DWhile it may have been studied to death, RPD and Centennial Authority really need to reprioritize their traffic ingress/egress plans to reduce traffic crossing over each other (i.e. Trinity left turns going through Westchase intersection and vice versa) that in turn would help pedestrian crossings.
Reply 0 Agreeone year ago
Rita FleckContact city planners from cities the size of Raleigh and ask for advice. Redmond, WA is a good place to start!
Reply 0 Agreeone year ago
Rita FleckI recommend Redmond because they have a great biking program. Never turn down the opportunity to learn something from all sources available. You're welcome.
Reply 1 Agreeone year ago
Bryan SprouseReally, a city with the population of 57k and comparing it to Raleigh with 375k up, SKOS
Reply 0 Agreeone year ago