We're back in the Raleigh-Durham area after celebrating my parents' 50th anniversary down in South Carolina. My sister Alison lives with her family in Cary, NC, a Raleigh bedroom community, and we are staying with them. Cary has a charming little downtown with some surrounding older residential street but is largely made of of suburban style neighborhoods with little in the way of connectedness - many deadend streets and cul de sacs, which lead to nowhere. A greenway allows for some measure of walkability and bikeability but it seems mostly regulated to recreation rather than an alternate method of getting somewhere. The main roads are very wide and given to speeding cars. I haven't noticed much in the way of bike commuting.
This morning Alison, her daughters and I went to Durham, home of Duke, the Harvard of the south, for breakfast at Elmo's (home of some really awesome pumpkin pancakes, BTW)and then to take a peek in Zola's a gallery that seems to stock mostly local and regional arts and crafts. Despite mild temperatures and sunny weather, few people seemed to be taking advantage of a great opportunity to bike commute, although we did see numerous bike locked to sign posts and the few bike racks. I didn't see many, if any bike lanes but the 9th Street neighborhood would be an ideal place to install some as a learning tool given its mix of residential, cafes, bars, restaurants and eclectic gallery and retail space. I'd be much more likely to stop and investigate an interesting looking establishment on my bike than in my car in which I'd need to search for a parking space.
I'm not sure what to call this three wheeled contraption. It's not really a trike . . .
I thought the bike locked up in front of Zola's presented a perfect picture. We spent about 40 minutes shopping at Zola's, where I picked up some wind chimes to enjoy on our front porch during warmer weather. These aluminum water bottles caught my eye, as well.
Other items of interest at Zola's.