Biker Profile: Darcy Downs

IMG_6109Darcy Downs, Transportation Planner at GoTriangle, ditched her car in April for a full-time bike/bus commute. As we celebrate the last day of Bike Month, we asked Darcy about her first month as a bike commuter!

1. Describe your everyday commute:
DD: From my house in West Raleigh I bike 3/4 mile to the bus stop. If I’m going to our Raleigh office, I will take Route 300, 301 or 305 to downtown and bike the rest of the way. If I’m headed to RTP, I take Route 300 to the Regional Transit Center.

2. Why did you decide to become a bike commuter?
DD: I was only using my car to drive to work, so I decided to sell it. My husband and I are now a single-vehicle household. With only one car, we save money on maintenance, gas and other fees. Continue reading

Explore Your City | #NewYearNewCommute

explore-your-cityDuring the month of January, we are posting about resolutions and commute options as part of our New Year, New Commute series. A few posts ago we talked about resolutions that require a little extra time, like learning something new or reading and writing more. Instead of carving into your sleep time to dig into a new book, we recommended revolutionizing your commute time. Today we will be talking about using public transit to explore your city. Continue reading

Bike Safety | #LightenUp

lightenup-3We all share the responsibility to make sure North Carolina roads are safe for everyone, including pedestrians and bicyclists. Safe places to walk and bike are important for supporting active, vibrant communities.

The Lighten Up campaign hopes to encourage Triangle residents to learn more about how to be a safer driver, bicyclist, and pedestrian, and ultimately, make the streets of North Carolina a safe (and bright!) place for everyone. Continue reading

GoTogether with GoTriangle

#GoTogether v2.pngGoTriangle is excited to launch a new education and awareness campaign, GoTogether, sharing real commuter stories to inspire our community to seek viable travel options to work, school, doctor’s appointments and other important places, without driving alone in a car.

“The Triangle is a great place to live, work and play. Because of that, more than a million people already call this region home, and we are growing every day. Rapid growth also means increased congestion and a higher demand for more travel options to support the high quality of life in our community,” said GoTriangle Communications Director Mike Charbonneau. “As Wake, Durham and Orange counties talk about the future of transit, we also want to show our community the options available today to GoTogether.”

Every day thousands of Triangle citizens use a bus, carpool, vanpool, bike, or walk instead of driving alone. Some seek alternatives to save money, relax, be more productive on their commute or to reduce their carbon footprint. Others rely on the transit network to get where they need to go and to connect to greater opportunities. GoTogether highlights the stories of Triangle commuters, from a father and son biking duo to a creative entrepreneur who uses his bus trip to get a jump on the day. Riders share why and how their commute works for them.

Watch their stories here and learn more at gotogethernc.com:

We want to hear your stories! Share with us using #GoTogether and tag us on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram – text, pictures, and videos are all welcome!

GoTogether: American Underground

amun2Some of America’s newest companies are getting their start in Durham.  It’s happening downtown at American Underground on the American Tobacco campus.

Launched in 2010 with over one million square feet of space, the American Underground has expanded to three locations in downtown Durham and one in Raleigh.  By tapping into imagination and the Silicon Valley vibe, American Underground is now home to 250 startups and nearly 1,000 entrepreneurs innovators and investors specializing in digital products, technology and healthcare.
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