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Cycling becoming safer as Raleigh invests in infrastructure, data shows
If you feel like you’ve noticed more people cycling around Raleigh over the last few years, you’re right.
About 1,500 people in the city rely on two wheels to get around to work, according to census data. That’s more than twice what it was five years ago.
Kevin Durso is one of them. He began cycling when he was a student at North Carolina State University.
"I needed to get to work and class and I didn’t have a car," Durso said. "I rode all over downtown Raleigh and campus as my primary way of transportation."At first, he borrowed a bike from his roommate. Then, he brought his bike back from home. A year later, he decided to buy a road bike. A decade later, cycling is still a big part of Durso’s life. WRAL launches data-driven local newsletter focused on Raleigh neighborhoods "It’s easy to get around downtown on a bike," he said. "It’s fun. It’s a big part of my life in terms of fitness and athleticism."Durso rides regularly to commute to places. He works as a bike mechanic at Oak City Cycling and is part of the racing circuit.Durso relocated for a few years and when he returned, he noticed the improvements to the infrastructure and the city beginning to embrace bikes more."There’s definitely improvements to the greenways and places to […]