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John Rees, President of Bicycle Alliance of Chapel Hill, poses with his bike on the Frances Shetley bikeway, which is a part of the 17-mile, shared-use path.

Local governments collaborate on 17-mile shared bike path from Raleigh to Chapel Hill

Triangle-area agencies have made plans for a 17-mile bikeway that will run through Raleigh, Cary, Morrisville, Research Triangle Park, Durham and Chapel Hill. It will follow the I-40 and NC54 corridor and will be shared use for pedestrians and cyclists. There is currently no prospective timetable for when the bikeway would be completed and rideable. John Rees, president of the Bicycle Alliance of Chapel Hill, said a bike path of this nature could transform transportation in the region by offering a new, more sustainable way to commute.

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New census data shows people of color driving growth in Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill's population grew by almost 5,000 over the past decade, the result of a boom in racial and ethnic diversity. Since 2010, North Carolina has gained more than 900,000 residents, a 9.5 percent increase that puts the state's total population at 10.4 million.  A majority of the state's new residents are people of color, according to census data released Thursday.  These numbers will be the basis for how political representation is allotted statewide for the next 10 years.

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