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The new parking lots and restrooms at the main entrance and Linville Road entrance are now open.
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Greenway

The greenway is clear with no problems. The Reynolds Park Road bridge construction is finished and the greenway is paved under it. The speed hump that was on the greenway on the east side of the bridge is gone but the new pavement under the bridge is bumpy.

Trail

All the leaves have fallen but the trail is clear of leaves. You have good visibility around turns for a few months until the leaves come back.

A road scraper and two front loaders have been working on the trail for the past few day so watch for them. The scraping has helped fill in the ruts but the exposed rocks and roots are still there, some of them have been exposed even more so watch for them.

Even after no rain for weeks, the mud hole on the side of the trail on the north side of the lake in the curve about half a mile from Linville Road is still there. The water must come from a spring.

The new restrooms and parking lots are almost finished.
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After wearing out a set of Kenda Slant 6 29 X 1.8 tires every year (1500 miles) for the last 3 years, I switched to Serfas Drifter 29 X 2.0 tires today. They felt much faster than the Slant 6s. I see how they ride in the coming months.

Rode the mall to lake loop and return ride today. Everything is in good shape. The trees are changing colors but so far fallen leaves are not a problem.
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Winter slow down

I'm a morning, warm weather rider so my rides, and thus my status reports, will be infrequent for the next four months. I have exceeded my 1,500-mile goal for the year but I hope to get in a few more rides before winter sets in. On warm winter days, I usually just do a 10-mile ride on local residential streets. I will still make status reports when I do ride the trails or when I find some interesting news to report.
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Leaves are starting to changed color.

Surface
  • Greenway and trail are in good condition.
  • Some dead leaves but traffic has worn them away.

Trees down
  • None

Flooding
  • None

Construction
  • Construction still in progress on 2 parking lots and the bridge replacement. Not a problem for riders.
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Greenway and trail are still in good condition.

Leaves are starting to change color.

Greenway and trail are staarting to accumulate dead leaves that obscure hazards. Wet leaves are also slippery.

Next week we will be having some great riding weather.
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Greenway and trail are still in good shape. However, the city only repaired the damage, they did not fix the drainage problems. After the first heavy rain, the same problems will occur again.

If the rain is heavy for the next few days, expect standing water and ruts, rocks, and roots to appear.
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The trail will be closed from 8am until noon on Saturday for the Salem Lake Trail Run event.

The city has dumped new dirt on the trail and scrapped most of the trail. An excavator and a road compacter were working on the trail today. The trail surface is the best it's been in many years. Both sides of the big dirt hill are smooth. There is still a lot of loose dirt but after the ground pounders finish their racer Saturday morning, it should be more solid.

Enjoy the nice surface while you can, it will be a least a year before it happens again.
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Today, the city was working on the trail; hauling new dirt and scraping. They must really care about the safety of the daily users of the trail who have had to content with ruts, washouts, rocks, gulleys, piles of loose sand, etc. for the last year.

No, wait! I forgot. There's a running event being conducted on the trail this Saturday morning. They surely don't want one the competitors tripping or falling.

Don't you wish they cared as much about the rest of us who use the trail the other 364 days of the year?


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Greenway dry and clear from the mall to MLK, then there is standing water, lots of leaves, twigs, and small branches on the surface. The trail on north side of the lake is the same and it is rough riding from debris from trees. South side of the lake is mostly clear of debris.
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Only saw two other bikers on the entire 16 mile loop ride today.

Surface
  • Greenway and trail are in usual condition.

Trees down
  • None

Flooding
  • Overflow at concrete ford and sidewalk but easy to right through.
  • Some small puddles in usual places on the trail.
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Surface
  • Greenway and trail are in usual condition.

Trees down
  • No trees down.

Flooding
  • No flooding
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I haven't been riding on the greenway or trail since Wednesday. However, using past experience from the area getting 2" of rain, the sidewalk and ford on the greenway below the dam will have overflow but it should be passable if you are careful.

The trail will be wet and the cinders will stick to you and the bike but the surface should be firm with water puddles in the usual places. Down trees will depend on how much wind the area received.
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Surface
  • Greenway and trail are in usual condition.

Trees down
  • Down tree on the north side of the lake about 1 mile from the dam. Easy to get around.
  • Down tree between the concrete ford and the dam has been removed.

Flooding
  • No overflow at concrete ford or sidewalk.
  • Some small puddles in usual places on the trail.


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Shifting problems

I'd been having random, intermittent rear shifting problems for a couple of weeks and kept making indexing adjustments. Then a couple of days ago, after I loaded the bike on the car rack, I just happened to look under the bottom bracket where the shifting cables go through a guide and noticed the rear shifting cable was frayed in half and the broken strands were jamming inside the guide. I replaced the cable, did the adjustments, and now shifting is just as smooth as when the bike was new.
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Greenway and trail are normal. Lots of rider out this morning.
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Both greenway and trail are normal today.
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Got new hitch rack

I had a Swagman XC2 rack ($150 on Amazon) which I used to carry one bike on a 2016 Mazda CX-5. The rack worked great but it looked like an insect attached to the rear of the vehicle and it protruded so far from the rear that I had very little room to walk in front of the vehicle when it was in the garage.

Last week I discovered a rack I had never heard of before; the 1Up. After some research on the web, I found it to be highly rated and a favorite with off-road bikers. I ordered one from the manufacturer and received it in 3 days. It's not cheap but still less than some other racks.

This is one sweet piece of engineering. It is all metal, compact, simple to use, looks like it is a part of the vehicle, is quick and easy to load and unload, and folds easily upward and out of the way. You take it out of the box, slide it into the hitch, tighten a bolt, and you are done. You can add trays to carry up to 3 bikes.
Check it out at: https://www.1up-usa.com/product/quik-rack-single/
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Greenway
Ford and sidewalk area below dam have no overflow.

Greenwayat Bridge Construction Area
Still officially closed with a detor.
However, trail under the bridge has been  scraped and is a straight ride through.
Down tree has been removed.

Trail


No new problems just watch for new ruts and loose sand.
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Greenway
Mud areas from flooding have been scrapped. Be careful of a thin layer of slick mud that remains.
Sidewalk area below dam has NO overflow.
About 3 feet wide of overflow at ford but it is not a problem.
If you ride through the bridge construction area, there is a small tree down on the dam side just past the bridge but it easy to get around.

Trail
No new problems.

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Greenway
Sidewalk area below dam has overflow but it is not a problem.
About 10 feet wide of overflow at ford but it is not a problem.
If you ride through the bridge construction area, there is a small tree down on the dam side just past the bridge but it easy to get around.

Trail
No new problems.

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Side trip to new Quarry Park

Took a side trip today from the Salem Creek Greenway to the new Quarry Park. See this page for details.
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Two down trees have been removed. Some brush debris on side of trail in two places but it is clearly visible and easily avoided.

Some overflow at ford on the greenway.

Construction today next to the greenway at the bridge replacement work zone so take the detour.

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Starting Monday, July 31, the following will take effect at Salem Lake:
  • Main parking lot will reopen.
  • Fishing pier will reopen.
  • Boat ramp will reopen.
  • Bank fishing will no longer be allowed.
  • Marina office will remain closed.
  • Boat rentals will remain suspended. 
  • Point parking lot will close so work can begin on restrooms, playground, and parking lot improvements. 
  • Construction on the Point and Linville Road parking lots are expected to last through November.
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Debris on greenway has been cleared by mowers; still some debris on trail.

No overflow at the ford on the greenway.

Same two trees are down on the greeway.

When riding west on the south side of the lake as you near the main parking lot, watch for vines hanging down on the lake side of the trail. Don't get caught in them.
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Lots of debris on greenway and trail: leaves, broken wood, twigs, etc. Not a problem if you watch out for them.

New ruts on the dirt hills on the trail.

Some overflow at the ford on the greenway.

Tree down across the greenway when heading east just as you enter the trees at the water treatment plant. There is a well-worn path around it.

Tree down across the greenway when heading east just as you approach the Reynolds Park Road Bridge construction site. There is a well-worn path around it.
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Lake trail is clear with no problems.

Greenway has a tree arching over the trail near the dog park; looks similar to the new 52 interchange. Lots of small debris, mud, and standing water between the mall and the golf course. If you chose to go under the Reynolds Park Road Bridge, there is a tree down across the trail; you have to do some bush riding to get around it. Surprisingly, there is no overflow at the concrete dip.

It was a slow ride today; average speed was one-mph slower than normal. I didn't feel bad, the legs just did not have any power. Don't let anyone fool you, getting old sucks.
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Trail and greenway are in good shape. With no rain to make ruts deeper, trail traffic has worn the sides down so they are not as abrupt.

It's still hot but, with the shade on the trail, the constant breeze from riding, and lots of hydration, riding is still enjoyable.
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HOT!!!

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No jerks on the trail today. However, there are idiot construction workers. The Linville Road parking lot is closed for a few months while they build a new parking lot and restrooms. Construction workers have placed a 2-foot high wood stake in the trail near the water fountains just as you leave the bright sun and enter the dark shade. The stake has an orange ribbon on it but is still difficult to see. Be careful.
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Jerks

Yesterday's ride was an ordeal. I have never seen so many many idiots on the trail in one day.

  • Four occasions of dogs off-leash and wandering across the trail. 
  • A guy riding with no hands that kept tugging and his shirt and shorts while weaving all over the trail. 
  • Two occasions of people walking side-by-side with dogs on leashes blocking the trail and instead of getting out of the way, they just smile and act like stupidity gives them the right to do as they please. 
  • Twice, I met the same guy walking with hear phones, reading a book, and wandering all over the trail. 
  • There was a group of people standing in the intersection below the dam who were blocking the trail in three directions. Instead of moving, they just stood still and riders had to go off the trail to get around them. 
  • A rider stopped in middle of the trail in a curve drinking water. 
  • Two occasions of runners running on the wrong side of the trail.
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My report of a front loader working on the trail the other day apparently was premature. It appears it only graded the one spot where I saw it. Nothing else was done.
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Greenway and trail are okay.

Saw a front loader working on the trail today. What a surprise! And a tree that has been down on the greenway for over a week has been removed. I checked, and yes, a foot race event is coming up in two weeks. As I have said before, the city wants to make sure event competitors have a safe surface to run on. However, for those of us who use the greenway and trail daily, year round, we must fend for ourselves. Rocks, ruts, limbs hanging over the trail, fallen limbs, down trees, mud holes and loose sand are just things we have to deal with daily.
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I had extensive dental surgery Friday so I haven't ridden since Thursday. Hopefully, I'll be back in the saddle soon.

With no recent heavy storms, the greenway and trail should not have any serious problems.

The Salem Lake Marina is due to open at the end of the month.

The new Quarry Park is due to open soon. It will be an interesting side ride to add miles to the greenway and trail ride.
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Trail is okay but deeply rutted.

Greenway is okay. Ford is almost dry.
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Greenway has a tree down between the golf course and sidewalk, but there is a path through the debris.
The sidewalk is flooded but passable.
Ford had a few inches of overflow but passable.

Trail is okay except for more ruts and deeper ruts.
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Trail is soggy.

Sidewalk and ford valley on greenway below the dam is flooded.Rushing water about a foot deep.
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Greenway and trail are okay.

We had one day of no overflow at the concrete ford but now there is a five-foot wide overflow. It is easily passable.

On the west side of the big dirt hill on the south side of the lake, the inside lane of the trail is washed away so be careful.

Marina is due to open at the end of July.

Plans are for restrooms at the halfway points on each side of the lake, a large parking lot and restrooms at the Linville Road end of the lake, and a large parking lot, playground, shelters, and restrooms near the eastern end of the bridge on the north side of the lake.

Hopefully, there are also plans to restore the surface of the trail.
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Greenway and trail are in good shape.
Lots of bikers and hikers today.
One oncoming biker was texting and weaving on both sides of the trail. There is no shortage of idols in the world.

My best time of the year for the Marketplace Mall, to the dam, loop of lake, and return ride: 1:12:58, 13.1 avg mph.
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Greenway and trail are in good shape. Increased overflow at concrete dip but it is passable There has been overflow since Feburary; will it ever be dry again?
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Greenway and trail are in good condition.

As usual, there is high greenway and trail usage on weekends with many dogs (on and off leash), children (walking and on bikes), bicycles (novice and experienced riders), and idiots of all kinds. So be careful and watch for others.
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North Carolina Bicycle Laws

North Carolina traffic laws treat bicycles as vehicles and treat bicyclists as drivers of vehicles. Therefore, laws pertaining to vehicles may be applicable to bicycles. State laws are applicable to the entire state although individual municipalities may add to them.
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§ 20-4.01(49) Vehicle
…for the purposes of this Chapter bicycles shall be deemed vehicles and every rider of a bicycle upon a highway shall be subject to the provisions of this Chapter applicable to the driver of a vehicle except those which by their nature can have no application.

NCAC 19A.2E.0409 Operating Nonmotorized Vehicles.
It is unlawful for any person to ride any animal, or to operate a bicycle or horse drawn wagon or any nonmotorized vehicle or moped on any interstate or other fully controlled access highway.

§ 20-129.  Required lighting equipment of vehicles.
(e) Lamps on Bicycles. – Every bicycle shall be equipped with a lighted lamp on the front thereof, visible under normal atmospheric conditions from a distance of at least 300 feet in front of such bicycle, and shall also be equipped with a reflex mirror or lamp on the rear, exhibiting a red light visible under like conditions from a distance of at least 200 feet to the rear of such bicycle, when used at night.

§ 20-141.  Speed restrictions.
(a) No person shall drive a vehicle on a highway or in a public vehicular area at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions then existing. …
(m) The fact that the speed of a vehicle is lower than the foregoing limits shall not relieve the operator of a vehicle from the duty to decrease speed as may be necessary to avoid colliding with any person, vehicle or other conveyance on or entering the highway, and to avoid injury to any person or property.

§ 20-140.  Reckless driving. 
(b) Any person who drives any vehicle upon a highway or any public vehicular area without due caution and circumspection and at a speed or in a manner so as to endanger or be likely to endanger any person or property shall be guilty of reckless driving.

§ 20-146.  Drive on right side of highway; exceptions. 
(a) Upon all highways of sufficient width a vehicle shall be driven upon the right half of the highway except as follows:
(1) When overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction under the rules governing such movement;
(2) When an obstruction exists making it necessary to drive to the left of the center of the highway; provided, any person so doing shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles traveling in the proper direction upon the unobstructed portion of the highway within such distance as to constitute an immediate hazard;
(3) Upon a highway divided into three marked lanes for traffic under the rules applicable thereon; or
(4) Upon a highway designated and signposted for one-way traffic.

§ 20-158.  Vehicle control signs and signals. 
(b) Control of Vehicles at Intersections. – (1) When a stop sign has been erected or installed at an intersection, it shall be unlawful for the driver of any vehicle to fail to stop in obedience thereto and yield the right-of-way to vehicles operating on the designated main-traveled or through highway. When stop signs have been erected at three or more entrances to an intersection, the driver, after stopping in obedience thereto, may proceed with caution.
(2)
a. When a traffic signal is emitting a steady red circular light controlling traffic approaching an intersection, an approaching vehicle facing the red light shall come to a stop and shall not enter the intersection. After coming to a complete stop and unless prohibited by an appropriate sign, that approaching vehicle may make a right turn.
b. Any vehicle that turns right under this subdivision shall yield the right-of-way to:
1. Other traffic and pedestrians using the intersection; and
2. Pedestrians who are moving towards the intersection, who are in reasonably close proximity to the intersection, and who are preparing to cross in front of the traffic that is required to stop at the red light.

§ 20-146.
 (d) (1) A vehicle shall be driven as nearly as practicable entirely within a single lane and shall not be moved from such lane until the driver has first ascertained that such movement can be made with safety.

§ 20-153.  Turning at intersections. 
(a) Right Turns. – Both the approach for a right turn and a right turn shall be made as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway.
(b) Left Turns. – The driver of a vehicle intending to turn left at any intersection shall approach the intersection in the extreme left-hand lane lawfully available to traffic moving in the direction of travel of that vehicle, and, after entering the intersection, the left turn shall be made so as to leave the intersection in a lane lawfully available to traffic moving in the direction upon the roadway being entered.

§ 20-149.  Overtaking a vehicle. 
(a) The driver of any such vehicle overtaking another vehicle proceeding in the same direction shall pass at least two feet to the left thereof, and shall not again drive to the right side of the highway until safely clear of such overtaken vehicle. This subsection shall not apply when the overtaking and passing is done pursuant to the provisions of G.S. 20-150.1.

§ 20-150.1.
When passing on the right is permitted. The driver of a vehicle may overtake and pass upon the right of another vehicle only under the following conditions:
(1) When the vehicle overtaken is in a lane designated for left turns;
(2) Upon a street or highway with unobstructed pavement of sufficient width which have been marked for two or more lanes of moving vehicles in each direction and are not occupied by parked vehicles;
(3) Upon a one-way street, or upon a highway on which traffic is restricted to one direction of movement when such street or highway is free from obstructions and is of sufficient width and is marked for two or more lanes of moving vehicles which are not occupied by parked vehicles;
 (4) When driving in a lane designating a right turn on a red traffic signal light. (1953, c. 679.)

 20-146.  Drive on right side of highway; exceptions. 
(b) Upon all highways any vehicle proceeding at less than the legal maximum speed limit shall be driven in the right-hand lane then available for thru traffic, or as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the highway, except when overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction or when preparing for a left turn.

North Carolina Driver’s Handbook, p.95.
A bicyclist may use a full marked lane. “Bicyclists usually ride on the right side of the lane, but are entitled to use the full lane…. Drivers wishing to pass a bicyclist may do so only when there is abundant clearance and no oncoming traffic is in the opposing lane. When passing a bicyclist, always remember the bicyclist is entitled to use of the full lane.”

§ 20-141.
(h) No person shall operate a motor vehicle on the highway at such a slow speed as to impede the normal and reasonable movement of traffic except when reduced speed is necessary for safe operation or in compliance with law; provided, this provision shall not apply to farm tractors and other motor vehicles operating at reasonable speeds for the type and nature of such vehicles.

§ 20-138.1.  Impaired driving. 
(a) Offense. – A person commits the offense of impaired driving if he drives any vehicle upon any highway, any street, or any public vehicular area within this State:
(1) While under the influence of an impairing substance; or
(2) After having consumed sufficient alcohol that he has, at any relevant time after the driving, an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more. The results of a chemical analysis shall be deemed sufficient evidence to prove a person’s alcohol concentration; or
(3) With any amount of a Schedule I controlled substance, as listed in G.S. 90-89, or its metabolites in his blood or urine.

§ 20-171.9.  Requirements for helmet and restraining seat use. 
With regard to any bicycle used on a public roadway, public bicycle path, or other public right-of-way:
(a) It shall be unlawful for any parent or legal guardian of a person below the age of 16 to knowingly permit that person to operate or be a passenger on a bicycle unless at all times when the person is so engaged he or she wears a protective bicycle helmet of good fit fastened securely upon the head with the straps of the helmet.
(b) It shall be unlawful for any parent or legal guardian of a person below the age of 16 to knowingly permit that person to be a passenger on a bicycle unless all of the following conditions are met:
(1) The person is able to maintain an erect, seated position on the bicycle.
(2) Except as provided in subdivision (3) of this subsection, the person is properly seated alone on a saddle seat (as on a tandem bicycle).
(3) With respect to any person who weighs less than 40 pounds, or is less than 40 inches in height, the person can be and is properly seated in and adequately secured to a restraining seat.

For more information:

Ride Guide – Detailed discussion of NC Bicycle Laws by NC Lawyer and Bike Law founder Ann Groninger

NC Driver Handbook

Education Resources for Police
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Winston Salem Bicycle Laws


Bicyclists in Winston-Salem have the same legal status as motor vehicles. Therefore, bicyclists have full rights to use the roadways and also have the responsibility to obey the laws and operate safely. The Winston-Salem Department of Transportation wants to encourage cyclists to become familiar with Winston-Salem biking laws and North Carolina biking laws designed to inform citizens on how to safely share the road.

To view the North Carolina statewide laws, please visit the NCDOT Bicycle Laws of North Carolina website.

City of Winston-Salem Code - Article V Bicycles

Sec. 42-281. Definition


The term bicycle, as used in this article, shall mean a device having two or three wheels in tandem, a steering handle, one or two saddle seats and pedals by which the vehicle is propelled.

Sec. 42-282. Applicability of traffic laws

Every person riding a bicycle upon a roadway shall be granted all of the rights and shall be subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle by the laws of the state (G.S. 20-38(38)) declaring rules of the road applicable to vehicles or by the provisions of this chapter applicable to the driver of a vehicle, except as to special regulations in this chapter and except as to those provisions of law and ordinances which by their nature can have no application.

Sec. 42-283. Obedience to traffic control devices


(a) Any person operating a bicycle shall obey the instructions of official traffic control devices and traffic control signals applicable to vehicles, unless otherwise directed by a police officer.

(b) Whenever authorized signs are erected indicating that no right turn, left turn or U-turn is permitted, it shall be unlawful for any person operating a bicycle to disobey the direction of any such sign, except where such person dismounts from the bicycle to make any such turn, in which event such person shall then obey the regulations applicable to pedestrians.

Sec. 42-284. Manner of riding; restriction on number of persons riding

(a) It shall be unlawful for any person propelling a bicycle to ride other than astride a permanent and regular seat attached thereto.

b) It shall be unlawful for any person to use a bicycle to carry more persons at one time than the number for which it is designed and equipped.

Sec. 42-285. Riding on roadway

(a) Every person operating a bicycle upon a roadway shall ride as near to the right-hand side of the roadway as practicable, exercising due care when passing a standing vehicle or one proceeding in the same direction.

(b) It shall be unlawful for persons riding bicycles upon a roadway to ride more than two abreast.

Sec. 42-286. Right-of-way of pedestrians; riding on sidewalk


(a) Whenever any person is riding a bicycle upon a sidewalk, such person shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian and shall give audible signal before overtaking and passing such pedestrian.

(b) It shall be unlawful for any person to ride a bicycle upon a sidewalk in the following locations or on the following streets;

    (1) Central business district.

    (2) Sunset Drive from First Street to Glade Street.

    (3) Liberty Street from 14th Street to 17th Street.

Sec. 42-287. Speed

It shall be unlawful for any person to operate a bicycle at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions then existing.

Sec. 42-288. Carrying packages or other article

It shall be unlawful for any person operating a bicycle to carry any package, bundle or article which prevents the rider from keeping at least one hand upon the handlebars.

Sec. 42-289. Parking

It shall be unlawful for any person to park a bicycle upon a street other than upon the roadway against the curb or upon the sidewalk in a rack to support the bicycle or against a building or at the curb, in such manner as to afford the least obstruction to pedestrian traffic.

Sec. 42-290. Lamps and other equipment

(a) Every bicycle, when in use at nighttime, shall be equipped with a lamp on the front which shall emit a white light visible from a distance of at least 500 feet to the front and with a red reflector on the rear of a type which shall be visible from a distance of at least 300 feet to the rear when directly in front of lawful upper beams of headlamps on a motor vehicle. A lamp emitting a red light visible from a distance of 500 feet to the rear may be used in addition to the red reflector.

(b) Every bicycle shall be equipped with working, functional, adequate brakes.
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Greenway and trail are in good shape; a little overflow at the concrete dip. you can get through the detour when crews are not working by walking through and lifting your bike over the erosion barriers.
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Greenway and trail are still good. Standing water on greenway sidewalk and flowing water in the concrete ford but both are easily passable.

Lots of traffic on the trail today: bikes, hikers, runners, dogs, horses, and deer.
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Flooding improved. Standing water in sidewalk valley and couple of inches overflow in concrete dip but both are easily passable.

You can walk bike through the Reynolda Road bridge construction area since they are not working on it over the holiday weekend.
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The trail is firm with no standing water. Some ruts are deeper and larger; some ruts are already down to bedrock so they can't get any deeper.

Salem Creek is high and rushing so I didn't bother following the greenway to the dam since the ford area would be impassable. At the Reynolds Park Road bridge detour, I just stayed on Renolds Park Road and then took Salem Lake Road to the lake. This way only adds a mile to the total ride but it adds lots of hills.
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Greenway below dam WILL be flooded and impassable for the next few days from last night's rain and more rain is expected over the next few days.

Trail will be in poor shape for days and should be avoided. It will be very soggy and rutted. Bicycles tracks will cause even more rutting on the soft surface.

With the soggy ground and high winds, trees will probably be down.

Even after the rain finally stops and the sun comes out, the greenway and trail will have problems for many days.
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Greenway has some big water puddles. Sidewalk area is covered in rushing water but passable. Concrete ford has rushing water but it is passable if careful; you will get your feet wet.

Trail has some soft areas but it is not a problem.
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Greenway and trail are in the same condition as before the small amount of rain we got Friday. The trail is rutted, especially on hills, has large areas of loose sand in curves, and has lots of exposed rocks, and it will be that way for months. At least until they have a foot race scheduled; the city always grooms the trail for foot races; bikers who use the trail daily just to be extra careful and fend for themselves.
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Rode my 3rd Marketplace loop for the week.

Greenway and trail are in good shape.

We'll have to wait and see what tomorrow's weather brings.
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Greenway is in good shape. 2" deep of water overflow at the concrete ford, easily passable.

Trail is in good shape except for deep ruts at bottom of the hill beside the Linville Rd. parking lot; also has deep sand in the curve. Deep ruts on the west side of the south side big hill with deep sand in the curve.
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It is advisable to stay off greenway and trail today. There will probably be fallen limbs/trees on the greenway and trail.There will be heavy flooding and rushing water in the sidewalk/ford area of the greenway. There will be standing water on the trail and you and your bike will get covered in wet, sticky cinders.
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Greenway and trail are clear and in good shape.

Greenway concrete ford has overflow but easily passable.
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Greenway has a limb down at the greenway entrance at Marketplace Mall. It blocks greenway but is easy to get around. The concrete sidewalk has about 5" of flowing water; even slow pedaling will get your feet wet. The Concrete ford has about 6" of rushing water. It is difficult for a 190 lb. man to walk through. If walking, keep your bike on the upstream side of you or you will be stuggling to keep it from washing away.

The trail is clear and firm.
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The greenway is clear. There some overflow on the concrete sidewalk and some rushing water over the concrete ford but the area is passable Just go slow and remember to be in a low gear so you can get up the steep side of the ford. 

The trail is in good shape. The surface is hard with water puddles only in the usual places.
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I went to Marketplace Mall to ride the Salem Lake loop but after seeing the level of water in Salem Creek it was obvious the valley at the concrete sidewalk and ford would be impassable so I rode Salem Creek Greenway to the Salem Connector bridge and road the connector into the city. I rode through the city and back down the Salem Strollway to the Salem Creek Greenway and back to the mall. Only 6 miles but it was fun. 

It will probably be at least Sunday before the greenway is passable at the ford. At the Reynolds Park Road bridge detour, you can always just ride Reynolds Park Road to Salem Lake Road and down to the lake.
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The greenway and trail are closed due to flooding. There will also probably be downed limbs and trees. If it like past heavy rains, the greenway just below the dam at the concrete sidewalk will be unpassable for a few day due to flooding and it will be many days before you can safely cross the concrete ford. When the trail is opened again, there will be more deep ruts on the hills and new rocks and roots will be exposed, and it will be that way for months before the city does anything about it.
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I rode from Marketplace Mall along the greenway to the dam, looped the lake, and returned. 
  • Greenway concrete dip has a 4-foot wide overflow; no problem crossing it.
  • Greenway and trail are clear with no new problems.
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I rode from Marketplace Mall along the greenway to the dam, looped the lake, and returned. 
  • 1:17:22 was my best time this year for the 16.1 mile loop with the detour.
  • Greenway concrete dip has a couple of inches of overflow.
  • Greenway and trail are clear with no new problems.
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Still not quite back to normal from the effects of vertigo so I just rode one loop of the lake
  • Trail still has some deep ruts on hills and deep sand puddles at the bottom of hills so be careful.
  • Foliage is all thick and green so visibility through curves is limited so be careful in curves.
  • Sun shining through the leaves makes a camouflage pattern on the trail that hides hazards so be careful.
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I've been experiencing vertigo since Easter so I have not been riding. Today, it seems to be going away so maybe tomorrow I'll be back in the saddle.
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I rode from Marketplace Mall along the greenway to the dam, looped the lake, and returned. 
  • Greenway and trail are in good condition. 
  • Greenway concrete dip has a couple of inches of overflow.
  • Due to heavy rain, trail has some deep ruts on hills and deep sand puddles at the bottom of hills so be careful.
  • Reynolds Park Road bridge detour is still in effect, but no work is being done over the weekend. If you try to go through the work zone, you will have to walk around building material and equipment, deal with mud, and have to lift your bike over two plastic retaining walls. It's easier to take the detour.
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 I rode from lower parking lot at WSSU along the greenway to the dam, looped the lake, and returned. 
  • Greenway and trail are in good condition. 
  • Greenway concrete dip has about an inch of overflow.
  • Trail has some nasty ruts on hills due to heavy rain and puddles of loose sand in the curves at the bottom of hills, so be careful.
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I rode from Marketplace Mall along the greenway to the bridge replacement detour, and due to greenway flooding below the dam, I took Reynolds Park Road to the lake via the main entrance, looped the lake, and returned the same way. Windy, 17 mph. Few bikes on the trail but lots of walker and runners.
  • Greenway was flooded at the concrete ford.
  • Trail was not soft or flooded but the big hill on the south side of the lake had heavy rutting, so be careful..
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 I rode from Lower parking lot at WSSU along the greenway to the dam, looped the lake, and returned. 
  • Greenway and trail are in good condition. 
  • Greenway concrete dip has about an inch of overflow.
  • Trail has some ruts on hills due to heavy rain but it is not a problem yet.
  • Lot of people on the trail. Lots of idiots on the trail; I had to stop and sometimes run off the edge of the trail because of them.
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I rode from Marketplace Mall along the greenway to the dam, looped the lake, and returned. 
  • Greenway and trail are in good condition. 
  • Greenway concrete dip has about an inch of overflow.
  • Trail has some ruts on hills due to heavy rain but it is not a problem yet.
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I rode from Marketplace Mall along the greenway to the dam, looped the lake, and returned. 
  • Greenway and trail are in good condition. 
  • Greenway has some water puddles and concrete dip has a couple of inches of overflow.
  • Trail has some ruts on hills due to heavy rain but it is not a problem yet.
  • Tree that was down on trail has been removed.
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I rode from Marketplace Mall along the greenway to the dam, looped the lake, and returned. 
  • The greenway and trail are in good condition. 
  • On the south side of the lake toward the east end of the lake, a tree is down on the inland side of the trail; the water side of the trail is clear.
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I rode from Marketplace Mall along the greenway to the dam, looped the lake, and returned. The greenway and trail are in good condition. Not many leaves as yet so visibility around turns is excellent. Small detour is still a pain.
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Greenway and trail were both in good condition. Lots of bikes and lots of dog walkers on the trails today. I was setting a good time going east but coming back the 16 mph headwind was tough.
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Started ride at Marketplace Mall and planned to do a lake loop, but high wind and cooler air than expected changed my plan. Road Salem Creek Greenway to Salem Connector bridge and road connector into the city. Rode through the city and back down the Salem Strollway to the Salem Creek Greenway and back to the mall. Only 6 miles but it was fun. 
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I cycled from Marketplace Mall on the Salem Creek Greenway to WSSU, north on MLK Blvd, east on Lowery St. that extends beside Bus. 40, and then left onto the Bushy Fork Greenway. I rode north on Bushy Fork by Skyland Park, Evergreen Cemetery, and Lakeside "Villas" to Winston Lake Park. Then I turned around and returned. It was a 12-mile loop.

Bushy Fork Greenway is not a scenic nor a particularly safe ride. There is LOTS of trash everywhere, broken glass on the greenway, and graffiti on every vertical surface. It is obviously a hangout for trouble makers. I would not ride there after school hours and certainly not after dark.

There are plans to connect the Bushy Fork Greenway to the Salem Creek Creekway in the near future. Maybe not a good idea.
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Did a Marketplace Mall, greenway to the dam, lake loop, and return to the mall (16 miles) in 1:23:24; best time was 1:07:50 in 2013.

Both the greenway and the trail are in good condition.

Detour at Reynolds Park Road bridge is still in effect.
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Did a CCW loop of the lake in 00:32:28.

Down tree on the north side of the lake has been removed.

Trail is in good condition.
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Lots of dog walkers on the trail today.

The tree is still down across the trail on the north side of the lake. Be careful, if you are coming from the east end of the lake, the tree is just around a blind curve. The city will get to it in due time. They don't let public safety to interfere with a city holiday.
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Still some small overflow at the concrete dip on the greenway; the drain pipe must be clogged.

Greenway closed at Reynolds Park Road due to bridge construction, so you must use the detor. Looks like it they are at the point where it will be closed everyday for a few months.

Tree down across the trail on north side of the lake. Last time this happened I hit the tree and dived over it; this time I stopped and stepped over it. It feels much better to do it this way. Maybe they will remove the tree on Monday.
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Yesterday, I rode CCW and CW loops of the lake in afternoon; it was crowded.

Today, I rode the Marketplace Mall to the dam, a loop of the lake, and return in the morning, it was crowded.

It looks as if you can ride through the bridge construction at Reynolds Park Road on the weekends when they are not working. The construction crews even scraped mud off the greenway.
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Did CCW and CW loops of the lake today. Nice weather, nice views. Trail is in good shape except for a couple of places where a vehicle as made large ruts.
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I ate a B and a Tea at Mr. B and then started the ride at WSSU. Sidewalk valley has been flushed by the flooding; the creek has no limbs in it. Some overflow in the concrete dip even after 10 days since the rain. Greenway is closed at the Reynolds Park Road underpass; you must take the short detour. Trail has had some grading and filling of ruts; it will last until the next rain. Construction of the new Taj Mahal marina center is progressing.
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Since the Salem Lake Trail is soggy and the Salem Creek Greenway has detours and a dead body (since removed), I rode the Bicentennial Greenway today. I started at the south end at the Piedmont Environmental Center on Penny Road in High Point and rode to the north end where it stops at South Chimney Rock Road in Greensboro and then rode back. The greenway is paved and has no level or straight areas, only hills and curves. There is one very long steep hill, two short but very steep hills, and lots of other size hills. The are lots of bridges, a tunnel, a switchback wood ramp up one hill, and one hill with 5 flights of wood steps with a rail on which to push the bide. There are areas of pressure ridges in the pavement that will shake out your tooth fillings. A round trip is just over 12 miles.
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First trail ride of the year and first in two months. Slower than usual pace. I've got to get the old legs back into shape;15 mph wind did not help. Rode the full loop starting at the Market Place Mall. Stayed comfortable just wearing my usual summer kit. Still the same idiots on the trail: walkers on the wrong side of the trail, bikers riding two abreast on the narrow greenway who would not yield, and a biker swinging wide into my lane in a curve while going uphill as I was coming down the hill (that was a little scary but he did smile as I squeezed by).

Greenway was in good shape. There was no work in progress at the Reynolds Park Road underpass and the greenway was clear to ride through the work zone with using the detor. Some overflow at the concrete dip.

Salem Lake Trail was in good shape; firm not soggy. Water puddles in the usual places. Same rocks, roots, and ruts. BE AWARE: North side of the lake has two trees down; one just blocks the outside lane and the other is across the entire trail but a broken section in the middle allows you ride through.
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