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  1. NCGS 20-4.01 7(a) Electric Assisted Bicycle. – A bicycle with two or three wheels that is equipped with a seat or saddle for use by the rider, fully operable pedals for human propulsion, and an electric motor of no more than 750 watts, whose maximum speed on a level surface when powered solely by such a motor is no greater than 20 miles per hour. h. Motorcycles. – Vehicles having a saddle for the use of the rider and designed to travel on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground, including autocycles, motor scooters, and motor-driven bicycles, but excluding tractors and utility vehicles equipped with an additional form of device designed to transport property, three-wheeled vehicles while being used by law-enforcement agencies, electric assisted bicycles, and mopeds as defined in sub-subdivision d1. of this subdivision. i. Motor-driven bicycle. – A vehicle with two or three wheels, a steering handle, one or two saddle seats, pedals, and a motor that cannot propel the vehicle at a speed greater than 20 miles per hour on a level surface. This term shall not include an electric assisted bicycle as defined in subdivision (7a) of this section. j. Moped. – A vehicle, other than a motor-driven bicycle or electric assisted bicycle, that has two or three wheels, no external shifting device, a motor that does not exceed 50 cubic centimeters piston displacement and cannot propel the vehicle at a speed greater than 30 miles per hour on a level surface. The motor may be powered by electricity, alternative fuel, motor fuel, or a combination of each. Basically an electric bike in NC works as a bicycle as long as the motor doesn't let it go above 20mph on flat ground and the wattage of the motor is no more than 750 watts. If it goes above 30 mph it's a moped, and faster than that it's a motorcycle. If it goes between 20mph and 30 mph and has a shifter it's also a motorcycle. Mopeds and motorcycles need plates and insurance (when operated in public) and cannot go on bicycle paths.
  2. The Streetcars on LA's Gold line have maximum top speeds of 65mph and 77mph, so they can go as fast as a LRV. Light Rail is basically Trams operated as a traditional rail line. LA may have top speeds governed on their trains, or may have a much lower speed limit imposed on their line (Governed means they do something to the trains to keep them from going fast where as a speed limit would require their drivers to abide by it).
  3. To be fair to the Governors, they are (partly) basing their decision on hospital capacities, and we are seeing more discharges than admissions, with more and more capacity each day (at least last I looked a couple of days ago). It's not just politics. I disagree with how aggressive they are being, but most Governors are using metrics to inform their decisions.
  4. Yes, not performing hand hygiene when putting on or taking off a mask greatly increases your risk. Aside from that the other main concern stated in both of the articles was making sure healthcare systems were able to get adequate supply. During that time period there was not a good consensus on cloth masks either. By April 3rd, when the coronavirus in the US was still at flu like levels (except in a few places) and with extreme supply shortages, and the CDC was recommending cloth face coverings when out in public. In the Forbes article Perencevich recommends you wear a mask when at home if you or a family member are sick, which is a very good idea. The largest vector of Coronavirus infection is in the home, more than 1/2 of all cases are contracted through a close family member. I've seen some evidence that this works (reducing spread I mean not provide protection). Early on we had a case when one spouse picked up the virus and self isolated even before getting tested. That person did not spread it to any members of the household.
  5. With traditional elevator service in a fire elevators are recalled to the ground floor (or firefighter access floor in buildings with multiple ground level floors), and firefighters are then able to use the elevators to evacuate, and access the floors if it is safe to do so. The stairs are used for evacuation without firefighters. OEE allows the use of elevators for evacuation before firefighters arrive, and without direct firefighter oversight. The reason we don't use elevators to evacuate now is because in the 70's (and before) elevators could take you to a burning floor or had issues with smoke control and lead to a number of injuries and deaths. OEE is more than just allowing elevators to operate under previously banned conditions though. There are a whole bunch of conditions that need to be met like elevator lobby size, smoke control, emergency operation schemes, etc...
  6. I highly disagree. We are still at the same number of new cases we had early November. Hospitalizations are way down, but I'd much rather see numbers go further down.
  7. No you were told not to buy surgical masks, or N95's and that mask wearing was not required. Which based off of epidemiological studies of the Flu appeared to be true, at least for day to day activities outside of group living situations. The reason for that was to preserve Masks for healthcare workers who were and still are facing PPE shortages.
  8. About $5 million to fully cover the costs. Or about $3 million to replace expected revenue. Edit: that's not actually expected revenue that's expected ridership multiplied by price, a lot of that ridership will be transfers.
  9. Don't get me wrong I basically agree with you. Heck you can search this thread and there are many time I've said I support this portion of the line for many of the reasons you state, but frequency, reliability and total travel times are more important than mode. The advantage rail has over busses is it has higher frequency, is more reliable (than standard bus service), and runs in more dense areas so more trips are able to be done on the line(s) resulting in lower travel times, none of which holds especially true for the streetcar. The street car likely won't see an increase in ridership over busses in for trips within uptown, but like I said before that isn't necessarily a bad thing. I'm just saying don't diminish the role of bus service, it's an important part of our mass transit system. Done properly busses will be a part of quite a lot of trips that use the Blue Line and Gold Line.
  10. Brightline is currently not running trains, they scrapped their plans to become Virgin Trains USA and issue an IPO (partly due to COVID). Any expansion they do outside of Florida is going to be highly dependent on government financing of the corridor, the returns just aren't there for private financing. They were able to secure 1.19 billion for the expansion to Orlando (and I think Disney World), but they would need 10 times that amount to cover about the same amount of traffic for an Atlanta-Charlotte line. They also didn't have to buy very much Right of Way for the project. The next phase is a Route from Orland to Tampa. The next project (outside of Florida) they think they can get funding for is LA-Vegas. Unless some Governments can get Brightline's investment to probably down below 2 billion Atlanta-Charlotte with Brightline ain't gonna happen.
  11. The reality is that CPCC and Johnson C. Smith would only lose bus service if the city looses bus service. In many ways the streetcar will most likely cause a reduction in service in the center city. That said that isn't necessarily a bad thing, as much of the service in uptown is redundant, and for some people will reduce the trip time across uptown. Ideally the line will act as a collector for a few bus lines to get people in and through uptown. Done correctly it could reduce transfer times as well, though that requires increasing service on the lines the streetcar is collecting from.
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    I guarantee you they have a an expansion plan, and that site has plenty of room. To put in into perspective Presbyterian's main campus is about 63 acres, and that includes a 3 story hospital and the land banking west of Hawthorne . Heck take out the surface parking on the site and they are darn near the same size. Presby is over 600 beds plus whatever the ortho hospital has, and something like 8 MOBs. Granted the Ballantyne site has storm water issues so it will never get that dense, but there is plenty of room to expand when the time comes.
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    After about 3-5 stories the need for elevators increases. My guess is with 36 beds that allowed the most efficient use of space. I mean 36 beds really only need 1-3 stories. The 4 story part is going to be the Medical Office Building.
  14. That mean's it's unlikely to get cut. Foundations are designed for the structure they are going to carry.
  15. No we wouldn't. In normal times we'd be at the end of a slow down of Flu case increase, with a look out for a mid season increase (which would indicate a likely longer flu season) with an expectation of the infection rate leveling off for the next few to 5 weeks, with a then likely sharp drop off. If COVID followed the path of the 2019-2020 flu season our hospital systems would be straining, many of them would be full and above capacity with equipment shortages and with wide spread severe staffing issues.
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