Bike summit gives North Carolina added opportunity to attract Amazon HQ

Updated: Oct. 31, 2017 at 5:22 PM EDT
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The NC Bike/Walk Summit will come to Wilmington Nov. 3-4. (Source: WECT)
The NC Bike/Walk Summit will come to Wilmington Nov. 3-4. (Source: WECT)

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - At first glance, it may be difficult to see how the sixth annual Bike/Walk Summit coming to Wilmington could help the area's chances at hosting Amazon's second headquarters.

That is until you look at the tech giant's requirements for its newest location.

"Twenty percent of their workforce does not use motor vehicles to get to work and they want a community where people can walk and bike and use public transit," Lisa Riegel, executive director of BikeWalk NC, said. "We think it's important North Carolina hear that message and we do what we can to support our growth."

This weekend's summit provides plenty of opportunities for the Cape Fear Region to learn from experts and come up with a plan to improve the roads for everyone who uses them.

The state implemented a new initiative called Vision Zero which will be a main talking point at the summit.

"What do we have to do to eliminate traffic fatalities on our roads?" Riegel said. "I think when people feel that it's safer to walk and bike then it will be a more inviting culture."

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