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[[File:2008-08-19 ATT 100 4221.web.jpg|right|300px|thumb|The [[American Tobacco Trail]] facing north near [[US/NC/Durham/roads/Fayetteville|Fayetteville Road]]]]__TOC__
 
[[File:2008-08-19 ATT 100 4221.web.jpg|right|300px|thumb|The [[American Tobacco Trail]] facing north near [[US/NC/Durham/roads/Fayetteville|Fayetteville Road]]]]__TOC__
 
==Navigation==
 
==Navigation==
[[category:US/NC/Durham/trails]][[Earth]]: [[United States]]: [[North Carolina]]: {{instate|Durham|NC}}: [[American Tobacco Trail]]
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[[Earth]]: [[United States]]: [[North Carolina]]: {{instate|Durham|NC}}: [[American Tobacco Trail]]
 
===Connections===
 
===Connections===
 
* '''North''': through [[/downtown|downtown Durham]] to [[South Ellerbee Creek Trail]]
 
* '''North''': through [[/downtown|downtown Durham]] to [[South Ellerbee Creek Trail]]
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''going from north to south''
 
''going from north to south''
 
* '''[[/downtown|Downtown section]]''': south from Trinity Ave., through downtown Durham on sidewalks and back-streets, and connecting to the South Durham section
 
* '''[[/downtown|Downtown section]]''': south from Trinity Ave., through downtown Durham on sidewalks and back-streets, and connecting to the South Durham section
* '''[[/south Durham|south Durham section]]''' (6.5+ miles): south from underneath the [[Durham Freeway]] ([[NC-147]]) bridge to just north of [[I-40]]
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* '''[[/south Durham|south Durham]]''' (6.5+ miles): south from underneath the [[Durham Freeway]] ([[NC-147]]) bridge to just north of [[I-40]]
* '''[[/I-40|I-40]] and associated connections (how to get between the current official trail ends)
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* '''[[/I-40|I-40]]''': pedestrian bridge now complete!
 
* '''[[/south of I-40|south of I-40]]''': south from Massey Chapel Road
 
* '''[[/south of I-40|south of I-40]]''': south from Massey Chapel Road
Plans are underway to build a bike/pedestrian bridge over I-40 to connect with the [[#South of I-40]] section; in the meantime, there is a quite workable detour for safely [[/I-40|crossing I-40]].
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==About==
 
==About==
 
The [[American Tobacco Trail]] (ATT) is bike-and-pedestrian pathway running from the south edge of downtown [[Durham, NC]] and forming an essential part of the planned [[East Coast Greenway]].
 
The [[American Tobacco Trail]] (ATT) is bike-and-pedestrian pathway running from the south edge of downtown [[Durham, NC]] and forming an essential part of the planned [[East Coast Greenway]].
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==Businesses==
 
==Businesses==
 
Useful businesses located near the trail:
 
Useful businesses located near the trail:
* [http://www.eastcoastchinesefood.com/ East Coast Chinese Food]: inexpensive family-run Chinese food made to order, located (of all places) inside the Kroger in the shopping center at the end of the ATT. Very good, especially for the budget-minded. Lunch specials are cash-only, but there is an ATM about 20 feet away. They are informal and don't seem to have any problem serving sweaty, greasy bikers hot off the trail. Downside: the shopping center, despite their location right next to the ATT, does not seem to have a bike rack. We chained our bikes to the same chain used to secure a shaded picnic table outside Kroger, where they were kept under passive/unofficial observation by Kroger employees on break or waiting for their rides. --[[User:Woozle|Woozle]] 17:16, 1 June 2007 (EDT)
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* [[Southpoint Crossing]] is a small shopping center (which now has a bike rack over near the Quizno's) located where the ATT currently ends on the north side of I-40:
* [http://www.ttbikes.com/ Tobacco Trail Bicycle Rentals]: at [[Solite Park]] just off the ATT where it intersects with Fayetteville Road
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** [http://www.eastcoastchinesefood.com/ East Coast Chinese Food]: inexpensive family-run Chinese food made to order, located (of all places) inside the Kroger. Very good, especially for the budget-minded. Lunch specials are cash-only, but there is an ATM about 20 feet away. They are informal and don't seem to have any problem serving sweaty, greasy bikers hot off the trail.
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** Quizno's
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* <s>[http://www.ttbikes.com/ Tobacco Trail Bicycle Rentals]: at [[Solite Park]] just off the ATT where it intersects with Fayetteville Road</s> gone
 
==Links==
 
==Links==
 
===Reference===
 
===Reference===
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* [http://www.triangletrails.org/ATT.HTM official ATT page] at the [[Triangle Rails to Trails Conservancy]] web site
 
* [http://www.triangletrails.org/ATT.HTM official ATT page] at the [[Triangle Rails to Trails Conservancy]] web site
 
* [http://www.durhamnc.gov/departments/works/project_am_tob_trail.cfm American Tobacco Trail Project - Phase E Pedestrian Bridge Over I-40]: "This project includes the completion of the American Tobacco Trail from NC 54 to the Chatham County Line and will include a bridge across I-40 west of the [[I-40]]/[[US/NC/Durham/roads/Fayetteville|Fayetteville Road]] interchange. The trail will be paved and will include several signals at roadway crossings along the route."
 
* [http://www.durhamnc.gov/departments/works/project_am_tob_trail.cfm American Tobacco Trail Project - Phase E Pedestrian Bridge Over I-40]: "This project includes the completion of the American Tobacco Trail from NC 54 to the Chatham County Line and will include a bridge across I-40 west of the [[I-40]]/[[US/NC/Durham/roads/Fayetteville|Fayetteville Road]] interchange. The trail will be paved and will include several signals at roadway crossings along the route."
===Blogs & Commentary===
 
 
* [http://www.nicomachus.net/bikes/att/ nicomachus.net ATT Archives]: photos and text, with a few reader comments
 
* [http://www.nicomachus.net/bikes/att/ nicomachus.net ATT Archives]: photos and text, with a few reader comments
===Articles===
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* '''2014-03-26''' [http://wunc.org/post/how-dangerous-american-tobacco-trail-really How Dangerous Is The American Tobacco Trail, Really?]
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* '''2008-07-29''' [http://blogs.newsobserver.com/joemiller/east-coast-greenway-decides-on-triangle-route East Coast Greenway decides on Triangle route]
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* '''2008-04-28''' [http://www.bullcityrising.com/2008/04/american-tobacc.html American Tobacco Trail design update set for Tuesday night]
 
* '''2007-08-03''':
 
* '''2007-08-03''':
 
** [http://www.newsobserver.com/print/friday/wup/story/658346.html The American Tobacco Trail]: "Where it is and where it's going"
 
** [http://www.newsobserver.com/print/friday/wup/story/658346.html The American Tobacco Trail]: "Where it is and where it's going"
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** [http://www.newsobserver.com/707/story/657267.html Spine of the greenway]: "The American Tobacco Trail is on its way to connecting the Triangle"
 
** [http://www.newsobserver.com/707/story/657267.html Spine of the greenway]: "The American Tobacco Trail is on its way to connecting the Triangle"
 
** [http://www.newsobserver.com/707/story/657194.html American Tobacco Trail]: brief article with photo essay
 
** [http://www.newsobserver.com/707/story/657194.html American Tobacco Trail]: brief article with photo essay
* '''2004-02-20''' [http://www.newsobserver.com/lifestyles/tio/story/406690.html It's not easy getting green]: greenway systems in {{instate|Cary|NC}} and {{instate|Chapel Hill|NC}}, and their plans for eventual hook-up with the ATT
 
===News===
 
* '''2008-07-29''' [http://blogs.newsobserver.com/joemiller/east-coast-greenway-decides-on-triangle-route East Coast Greenway decides on Triangle route]
 
* '''2008-04-28''' [http://www.bullcityrising.com/2008/04/american-tobacc.html American Tobacco Trail design update set for Tuesday night]
 
 
* '''2006-09-07''' [http://www.newsobserver.com/105/story/483365.html Catch up on rail-line trail]
 
* '''2006-09-07''' [http://www.newsobserver.com/105/story/483365.html Catch up on rail-line trail]
 
* '''2006-09-06''' [http://www.newsobserver.com/news/durham/story/483095.html Durham bridge will be removed]: it has apparently been decided to remove the "crumbling, unsafe" Apex Street bridge (closed to automobile traffic in 2001 because of safety concerns) over the ATT and replace it with a pedestrian ramp down the eastern side, thus giving the residents of "historically black, low-income" St. Theresa's neighborhood easier foot-access to both the trail and [[Forest Hills Park]]. (The bridge is on the ATT stretch between Enterprise and Otis streets.)
 
* '''2006-09-06''' [http://www.newsobserver.com/news/durham/story/483095.html Durham bridge will be removed]: it has apparently been decided to remove the "crumbling, unsafe" Apex Street bridge (closed to automobile traffic in 2001 because of safety concerns) over the ATT and replace it with a pedestrian ramp down the eastern side, thus giving the residents of "historically black, low-income" St. Theresa's neighborhood easier foot-access to both the trail and [[Forest Hills Park]]. (The bridge is on the ATT stretch between Enterprise and Otis streets.)
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* '''2004-02-20''' [http://www.newsobserver.com/lifestyles/tio/story/406690.html It's not easy getting green]: greenway systems in {{instate|Cary|NC}} and {{instate|Chapel Hill|NC}}, and their plans for eventual hook-up with the ATT
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===Photos===
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* [http://picasaweb.google.com/bullcitybiker/ATTCrossings?feat=embedwebsite# ATT Crossings]: visibility issues where roads cross the ATT

Latest revision as of 18:51, 10 April 2014

Navigation

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going from north to south

About

The American Tobacco Trail (ATT) is bike-and-pedestrian pathway running from the south edge of downtown Durham, NC and forming an essential part of the planned East Coast Greenway.

Nomenclature

There seems to be some disagreement as to whether "American Tobacco Trail" refers to the entire planned 22 miles of north-south trail in the area, or just the section south of Durham (referred to as the "South Durham section" of the ATT, when ATT is presumed to mean the whole thing). HTYP prefers to designate the "American Tobacco Trail" as referring only to the section of trail south of Durham, as this matches signage on the trail as well as most maps.

Future Plans

The ATT is an essential part of the East Coast Greenway, a connected series of bike/pedestrian paths which will eventually the entire length of the United States east coast from Maine to Florida. "East Coast Greenway" signage is already in place along the South Durham section and possibly other completed portions of the ATT.

Businesses

Useful businesses located near the trail:

  • Southpoint Crossing is a small shopping center (which now has a bike rack over near the Quizno's) located where the ATT currently ends on the north side of I-40:
    • East Coast Chinese Food: inexpensive family-run Chinese food made to order, located (of all places) inside the Kroger. Very good, especially for the budget-minded. Lunch specials are cash-only, but there is an ATM about 20 feet away. They are informal and don't seem to have any problem serving sweaty, greasy bikers hot off the trail.
    • Quizno's
  • Tobacco Trail Bicycle Rentals: at Solite Park just off the ATT where it intersects with Fayetteville Road gone

Links

Reference

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Photos