Could Raleigh Be the Next Bike Share City?

Capital cities like Nashville, TN and Washington, DC already have successful bike shares. Columbia, SC and Richmond, VA are rolling out their own bike-sharing programs in the near future. Even Charlotte has its own B-cycle stations. So what about Raleigh?

Well, good news for bikers: It looks like Raleigh will be even more bike-friendly starting next spring! According to The News & Observer, Raleigh is beginning to roll out a bike-sharing program that will feature 300 bikes (including easier-to-pedal “e-bikes”) at 30 different locations throughout the downtown area. While the plan is in the very first stages, it’s certainly a step toward a more bike-friendly city.

If you’d like to view details about the bike share study, check out the RaleighBikeShare website.

Raleigh Is Already Fairly Bike-Friendly

greenway trail ideal for bikesBiking to work, to the grocery store, or to a park isn’t a new concept for Raleigh residents. In fact, Raleigh is one of 12 bike-friendly communities in North Carolina, having earned a bronze ranking from the League of American Bicyclists in 2015.

Established organizations like BikeRaleighRaleigh Gyros, and Oaks & Spokes have been advocating for safer spaces and more convenient ways to ride over the past few years, so a bike-share program would make bicycling even more common.

From Paved Trails to Bike Shops

Thanks to bike-friendly amenities like the Capital Area Greenway system, dozens of bike repair shops sprinkled throughout the city, and GoRaleigh buses that are outfitted with bike racks, Raleigh is well on its way to being completely bike-friendly. And if you happen to live in one of the neighborhoods below, you have access to even more amenities!

Neighborhoods Close to Bike Trails

off-road biking trailIf you’re considering buying a home in Raleigh and want to prioritize biking in your daily routine, you don’t have to hunt for a home or neighborhood you’ll love. Several Raleigh communities offer their own trails or are connected to bike-friendly trails within the Capital Area Greenway network, allowing you to bike to local parks, the grocery store, or other fun places.

  • North HillsFrom North Hills Park, you can bike along miles of paved greenways, including the Crabtree Creek Trail, Mine Creek Trail, and House Creek Trail.
  • Olde RaleighA few minutes’ drive (or bike ride!) will bring you to the paved Crabtree Creek Trail or the nature trails at Umstead State Park, which offer a more challenging ride.
  • Wakefield PlantationThis Raleigh neighborhood is home to the Wakefield Trail and is just minutes from the Mountains-to-Sea Trail.

Considering Buying a Home in Raleigh?

We can help you find your ideal home near your favorite bike-friendly amenities! Start your search with these available homes near trails, or call us at 919.612.9885 for personalized assistance with finding your dream home.

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