I need a moment to rant here, so I apologize in advance. Got a note from the local bicycle club that a commercial development may be built in an area currently favored by MANY cyclists locally. It is in the middle of a quiet, bucolic, rural setting, with no major housing or other commercial sites within several miles of the location. The plan is to build a certain grocery store as well as other retail stores on the land. This would cause a MAJOR increase in traffic, making a currently lightly trafficked road (ideal for riding) much busier. Numerous organized events use the particular roads that would front the site, 5-6 at least over the course of the year.
Those who are familiar with the Charlotte area, particularly N. Mecklenburg Co., know the last thing we need here is MORE development to strain the already WAY overburdened infrastructure. The character of the surrounding area would likely change as well.
I ride by this area almost daily, as it is the gateway to numerous routes with lots of differing characteristics (steeper and longer climbs, quick descents, decent areas for intervals) and distances (17 to 60+mis). Losing these road would mean that some meaningful portion of of every ride would require navigating much more heavily trafficked roads with higher speed limits.
I've passed along the info. to all those close by I ride with, and we are organizing to e-mail, write letters, call, and show up at the appropriate public forums to make our views heard. It simply saddens (AND ANGERS) me that yet another simple pleasure is plowed under in service to the Mistress of Growth!!!
There, I'm done...