Great prizes for a great cause. Check it out to learn about an exciting new project. This is a project being undertaken by the Emerald Isle Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee to raise funds to extend the multi-use path down Coast Guard Road. The raffle has great prizes (a week’s stay at one of nine homes), donated by generous community minded home owners, for a great cause. You can help by buying, selling, and telling your friends about the raffle. Some people just want to help the cause, some want to win the week’s stay, and others want to donate any prizes received to other individuals they think could use a boost. It is definitely a win-win situation for all involved.
So why are the proceeds for Coast Guard Road? Coast Guard Road is a Town, rather than a State road, and does not qualify for State or Federal funding for a multi-use path. The paths on Emerald Drive (a State road) have been funded mostly with State and Federal Grant money. Based on past experience, it will cost about $500,000 to continue the multi-use path down Coast Guard Road to Ring Street. We won’t be able to do that in one project, but every section we add will add many more people to the existing system.
By now most of you have seen the 2 mile extension to the multi-use path on Emerald Drive. That was constructed mostly with Federal Stimulus money with some funds from the town. Some have asked why we didn’t use the Stimulus money for other more needy projects. Obviously, different people have different ideas on what is needed most. In this case, the requirement was to spend the money on a multi-use path on a NCDOT maintained road, or don’t accept the money. We certainly didn’t want to turn down $500,000 and let it go to another town.
Multi-use paths have proven to be very popular with property owners and visitors. As soon as the base was laid for a portion of the new path, people immediately started using it. That means runners, walkers, cyclists, and individuals with motorized wheelchairs. It is especially pleasing to me to see the wheelchair users, who use it on a daily basis to go to the grocery store, pharmacy, pier, Western Ocean Regional Access, and other locations.
On a closing note, both vehicles and multi-path users need to be on the lookout at street and driveway crossings. With a little extra caution by everyone, all should arrive safely and have a great time while in Emerald Isle.