SP Planners Evaluate Future for Walking, Biking Paths

The Pilot

August 23, 2016
in Bike Pedestrian

Southern Pines leads the way in the Sandhills area with an extensive Greenway Trail System and distinct working plans for bicycle, pedestrian and greenway use. That’s good for business and growth, and keeping it that way will require a strategy to maintain funding for it.

Betsy Kane, a transportation planner with the state Department of Transportation, met with members of the Southern Pines Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Council [BPAC] on Monday, specifically to provide guidance on potential revenue and grant resources for project funding. She recommended that a comprehensive approach must include adequate funding.

“Two of the biggest factors that impact value are schools and recreational opportunities. Having a new school opening boosts property values but also there a lot of economic benefits to having active mode facilities, like bike and pedestrian paths,” Kane said. “Having a dedicated source of funding is really important to getting facilities built.”