Biking en Bike Fatalities Raise Concerns About Road Safety <p>Two local residents, Ivin Scurlock, 41,&nbsp; and Alexandra Simou, 40, lost their lives in a hit-and-run incident near Southern Village last month. &nbsp;North Carolina has one of the worst rates for bicycle and pedestrian fatalities in the country.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 15:40:00 +0000 Shawn Wen & Frank Stasio 24667 at DOT Planning for Future of Biking, Walking <p>State officials are asking for public input as they prepare a statewide bicycle and pedestrian plan.<br><br><strong>Jeff Tiberii:</strong> There are more than 3-thousand miles of existing bike routes in North Carolina. Officials at the Department of Transportation want to add better signage, as well as a useful website with maps of the trails. Julia Casadonte says the state last updated the plan 15 years ago. She notes the state's population has grown significantly during that time.<br> Mon, 19 Mar 2012 23:00:00 +0000 Jeff Tiberii 3027 at UNC Police Tracking Down Bike Thieves <p>Police at UNC-Chapel Hill are now using a GPS to track stolen bicycles on campus. Under the strategy implemented this week, officers plant a tracking device on a so-called "bait bike," and then follow the signal if it leaves a certain boundary. Police at N-C State started using the device last November. Deputy chief Jon Barnwell says his department started seeing immediate results.<br> Wed, 07 Sep 2011 20:20:00 +0000 Will Michaels 7497 at American Tobacco Trail Extension Delayed <p></p><p>Efforts to extend a popular bike and pedestrian trail in Durham have hit a snag. City officials want to extend the American Tobacco Trail about 4 miles to the Chatham County line. That includes building a bridge across I-40. Bids for the project came in higher than expected. Ed Venable is a manager of engineering and stormwater for the City of Durham. Mon, 08 Aug 2011 09:45:00 +0000 Jeremy Loeb 8254 at American Tobacco Trail Extension Delayed DOT Identifies Safety Needs for Bikers, Pedestrians <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, serif; line-height: 15px; background-color: rgb(162, 191, 228);">The state Department of Transportation has released a survey that identifies a need for improving bicycle and pedestrian safety. Nearly three quarters of respondents said they don't feel safe biking through their communities on a daily basis. That number was about 50 percent for pedestrians. The survey identified a lack of bicycle lanes and sidewalks as the top safety issue. Mon, 16 May 2011 09:30:00 +0000 Will Michaels 8817 at