IN THE NEWS
- 10/14/2019: Taking a walk on the safe side: Harmony Lanes and AppHealthCare push for more sidewalks in Boone
- 8/29/2019: NCDOT Modifies Bamboo/Wilson’s Ridge Project Plan to Include East Boone Connector Multi-Modal Path
- 5/2/2019: Harmony Lanes Advocacy Group Proposes Multi-Modal Lane as Part of Highway 105 Superstreet Project
Harmony Lanes formed to amplify a group of Hardin Park Elementary parent’s voices related to the dangerous situation on 194 next to the school. We started a petition that got over 500 signatures asking Boone town council to act immediately to resolve the problem. We presented at a council meeting and as a resulte council has since started a plan to add in sidewalks on both sides of 194, and the NCDOT has committed to building a $50K HAWK crosswalk to connect them.
We started a campaign to get a mountain bike trail built at Hardin Park with Kristian Jackson’s leadership and support from local businesses like Boone Bike, Cole’s Landscaping, Regear, parents Matt and Penny Bagley, and especially Blue Ridge Trail works who donated the construction of the trail. It was built in March, and we will add on in the future.
NCDOT announced Bamboo Rd./Wilson’s Ridge Project. When we looked at the maps and the bike/ped situation on this dangerous section of road we proposed the East Boone Connector, a protected multi-modal path to serve the growing area, which is a very dangerous corridor for anyone not in a vehicle. This section of the county/town is booming over the next 10-20 years and there are many people who want a safe route through it to connect to the Middle Fork Greenway system. After we developed a campaign and build community, business, and non-profit support, the NCDOT reacted to the comments submitted by adding in engineering to their plan for the East Boone Connector to be built, if the town and Watauga County choose to. Thank you NCDOT!
First loop of Hardin Park Elementary mountain bike trail built by Blue Ridge Trail Works. We and local business leaders presented the East Boone Connector proposal to the Watauga County Commissioners at their meeting. https://www.wataugademocrat.com/news/civic-business-leaders-push-for-sidewalks-bike-paths-in-boone
Harmony Lanes joined BikeWalkNC as a member organization and attended Lobby Day in Raleigh, meeting our Rep. Ray Russell and Sen. Deanna Ballard to ask for more state funding for safe sidewalks, bike lanes, and other improvements in our area. Both are supportive.
Dave recruited 6 other board members who also share a passion for improving bike and pedestrian infrastructure in Boone. The board came together in May and went through missioning and visioning exercises with ASU’s Transportation Insight Center for Entrepreneurship, facilitated by director Erich Schlenker and non-profit specialist Sara Figlow. These exercises created our mission: Create safe, inclusive, multi-modal transportation opportunities. We put together a first annual social and celebration for National Bike to Work Day at Lost Province.
We put together a moving multi-modal path entry for the 4th of July parade and had a blast spreading the word about what we are asking for in Boone. (Thanks to Jen’s great idea!)
Harmony Lanes received word that due to our advocacy and coalition-building the NCDOT modified their plan for the Bamboo/Wilson’s Ridge project to include the East Boone Connector from NC 421 to Wilson’s Ridge Rd., a huge win!