Cary is designated as a Silver-level community due to the city’s commitment to improving walkability in their Downtown, creating an extensive trail network, and dedicated staff resources. Highlights of Cary’s application include:
- Cary currently has 78 miles of trails and greenways, with another 137 miles included in their Trails Plan. All of Cary’s greenways are constructed with benches, directional signs, and public art to help foster a better walking environment.
- The Bike & Hike mobile application, map and the town-wide wayfinding signs, all of which provide positive reinforcement to residents and visitors looking to travel Cary by foot.
- Cary’s Land Development Ordinance supports the creation of a highly connected transportation system through a minimum connectivity index requirement and permanent pedestrian connections if a cul-de-sac is unavoidable due to site constraints.
- The Cary Community Plan consolidates and replaces several individual plans. The Move Chapter is focused on improving multi-modal transportation in the town.
- Since 2013, the Cary Police Department has been a partner community in the Watch for Me NC campaign, which includes enforcement efforts and safety education messages for drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists.
- Each year Town Council establishes a priority list of locations for annual sidewalk projects that have been requested by citizens and the Police Department. The annual sidewalk priority list considers a number of factors including safety, use, need and constructability. The sidewalk request program typically has an annual budget of $1 million. The program requires a petition at the neighborhood level and encourages collaboration between neighbors to work toward a specific goal of improving pedestrian connectivity. There is no community assessment or cost for these projects. The Town also has bond-funded projects and annual sidewalk maintenance budget for Public Works.