Hi, I live in Durham, NC, and I have been biking for exercise and enjoyment with my kids every day weather permitting all year. That translates into probably about 3 times a week except in the extreme summer and winter months. When I say I ride with them, I mean I strap them on the back. My boys are 1 and 2 1/2 years old, and one was riding on the back of my Dad's bike until he just got a recumbent last week, so I'm installing an Xtracycle on the back of my Specialized Rockhopper so I can carry them both.
We ride exclusively on paved trails, and are lucky enough to live just a few blocks from the North-South Durham Greenway which we take to join the American Tobacco Trail to it's paved conclusion and back on Saturdays. I estimate that it's somewhere between 30 -35 miles total, with only a couple blocks riding along a wide road, and only a couple blocks in gravel, the rest is paved & safe. I am in process of organizing a Saturday group ride that follows this route, so if you live nearby contact me for more info (you don't have to do the whole thing, most don't). It's a slower ride for people carrying kids, riding tandems or recumbents, etc. I'm looking into buying a set of tandems, or coupled quad next spring so the whole family can ride together, we'll see how that goes... If anyone knows of a used coupled quad, please let me know.
On a personal level, I'm a Project Manager for a woodworking company in Chapel Hill called Cleora Sterling (www.csterling.com), I'm 35, and married. My interests are my family, energy-efficient architecture, Music, Film, BioDiesel, and of course cycling. I drive a 2000 TDI Jetta to (and for) work that has reached as high as 53 mpg, and am now running B100 BioDiesel in it. I lived and worked for two years on the Arcosanti project in Arizona. Before getting married I was involved in theater for a couple of years, where I acted, did set design, and eventually wrote and directed a play that my wife saw, which brought us together. My oldest boy and I, are heading up to the Virginia Heartland ride in a week, so if you see us there be sure to say hi!
Welcome to the forums, neighbor! Good to see more folks from Durham here.
I live in the Watts-Hillandale neighborhood, and commute daily to gool ol' Duke.
I like your idea of an ATT group ride... my wife and I ride it some weekends.
By the "north-south greenway" you mention, is that the Ellerbee Creek Trail? That thing is rough!
Are you on the Durham bike&ped listserv?
The North-South Durham Greenway is really the linking of five trails:
the Warren Creek trail
to Stadium Drive Trail
to North Ellerbee Creek Trail
to South Ellerbee Creek Trail
to the Downtown Trail (which takes you to the ATT)
There is a section that is incomplete along Stadium Drive and for a block you ride in the road, but it is wide with very little traffic. There is also a section under I-85 that is gravel, and the trail through Northgate Park is rough paved trail. Good news I hope, I saw markings on the Northgate Park trail on my ride today that make it look like they are going to repave the whole thing.
I like your map, add the Downtown trail, and the Stadium Drive Trail, and you'll have the whole thing. Contact me for all the specifics, if you like. Sometime in the next two years the Warren Creek Trail will be extended from it's current terminus at Horton Road, and take us to the West Point on the Eno River State Park.
Dymogeek, the BioDiesel is working great for me. I get great gas mileage, and spew 80% less emmissions than regular Diesel, recycle oil that would have been put in a landfill, and reduce (albeit minimally for the time being) our dependence on foreign oil. We are lucky enough to have a BioDiesel Co-op in the Triangle, so I don't have to go out of my way to get it. No Raleigh pumps I'm aware of yet, but keep an eye on www.biofuels.coop , I'm sure it's only a matter of time.
I was doing a google search for "woodworking co-op Durham NC" and came across your post. I live in Bahama, NC which is just north of Durham. My wife and I carpool into North Durham together in the mornings and she drops me off by the Bragtown Walmart. From there I bike the remaining 11 miles to my office in RTP. Most of that ride is on the greenway that runs from the stadium to trinity and the tobacco trail.
If you are still getting together a regular Saturday morning ride let me know. I have a 3 1/2 year old son and we just got him a tag-a-long which is a lot of fun.
I have this crazy idea of starting a woodworking co-op in Durham which explains the search. Since you are in the business maybe you could keep an ear out for anyone who would be interested in starting something like this. I was a cabinetmaker for 10 years in NY before I made a career change 10 years ago. I looked at your company's site and it looks like they do some really nice work.
Its great to see all these local people on this forum. I checked out the Durham cycling map and think its great. I have a hard time figuring out where all of the trails are and that map is definately going to be a big help.