I wanted to start a thread discussing Durham's trails and greenways. Compared to Wake County, our system is underdeveloped and lacks connections to many places people live, work, and recreate. The American Tobacco Trail is a North to South gem, but there is minimal connection to points East and West. As someone who has lived both down the 70 corridor and off of 15-501, there is a dearth of walkable trails or routes. I would love to see more connections into (or even toward) downtown from Chapel Hill, from East Durham, and the RDU/70 far east portion of the city/county.
The two major plans that may or may not happen are:
-Durham Belt Line trail
These are both exciting and needed projects, with numerous hurdles (financial, bridging the gap from ATC to the beltline, or crossing major highways and intersections for the bikeway).
Even if these are completed, there is still a huge gap in our greenways and trails. I would love to see more of an effort to link schools and parks together with spurs to local neighborhoods, shopping centers and points of interest. This is sorely lacking for anyone who lives outside of downtown or without the ATT in their backyard. Trails and greenways would get more variety of use than bike lanes because they are more pedestrian (and child) friendly.
Where or how would you like to see our greenways/trails system grow or improve?