Boone has previously been called a cycling hub for the Boone Greenway, Viaduct Loop and various cycling events held throughout the summer. However, while recreational biking is a great option in the area, using a bike to get off-campus for more practical uses such as running errands and getting to jobs is often unsafe and inconvenient for cyclists, pedestrians and cars on the road.
While there are many natural obstacles in Boone and on campus, more problems come from road design. Locations essential for students and residents alike are on either King Street or Blowing Rock Road. The Boone Bicycle Initiative has labeled both main roads as “avoid if possible” on the Boone Bike-Ability Map . Ideally, a bicyclist should find other routes or use other transportation methods to get to their destination. However, alternative routes often don’t exist or go out of the way, especially if the destination is on these roads. For instance, going to an off-campus grocery store requires you to go onto Blowing Rock Road. The road is busy and only has a bike lane until the major intersection with U.S. Route 221. The rider must continue the rest of the bike on the sidewalk, even if they try to avoid Blowing Rock Road when possible. Biking on the sidewalk
brings more problems such as making pedestrians feel unsafe and can cause drivers to not see cyclists, which can lead to cyclists getting hit. On larger roadways, like Blowing Rock Road, sidewalks are often the only […]