Shelby cyclist shares concerns, NCDOT aims to update bike route system

Pietro Policastro, owner of Boost Bike Shop in Uptown Shelby, knows how hard it is to enjoy a bike ride. Limited bike facilities, speedy motorists and private roads force him to rethink what path he will take.

He is looking forward to what the future may hold.

“Right now the issue is the highways and the spacing,” said Policastro. “A lot of them are 55 or 60 mph, and people go faster than that. A lot of them are single lane highways, and you do not want to get stuck on one of them. But then you have dogs on single roads. There are secret routes people know but even then, it can get tricky. “

Nearly 200 cyclists and pedestrians are killed each year in North Carolina, according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation. The WalkBikeNC initiative seeks to lower those numbers by providing safe roads for those pedaling or traveling by foot.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Back to top button