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What You Need to Know About North Carolina for May 15, 2015

What You Need to Know About North Carolina for May 15, 2015

Granted, I have a more vested interest in biking and pedestrian issues these days, but you can’t help but notice that this month there’s been an inordinate amount of biking and walking events than before.

That’s on purpose. This is Bike Month and maybe you or a colleague decided to exchange four wheels for two today, for Bike to Work Day Several other events related to bikes, both official and unofficial are going on throughout the month across the state.

What’s is it like to bike in North Carolina? Here’s a report from the League of American Bicyclists that puts us in the middle of the pack, as far as a state that invests and has good bike infrastructure.

And because it’s the weekend, this is all you need to know about North Carolina today. Well, that and these few things:

How Charlotte’s neighborhoods got their names.

Next City spotlights Winston-Salem’s new park and the choice Raleigh has to make between bus-rapid transit and more frequent rail service on existing rail lines.

Duke Energy has admitted negligence on how it’s handled the coal ash spills.

New Hanover County may raise property taxes by 2 percent.

Fayetteville is starting to attract more high-end stores and restaurants.

And finally, as expected, the state budget doesn’t look so bad now that there’s a $400 million surplus.

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