Why Plan for Walking and Bicycling?
Walking and cycling are important for mobility, access, sustainability, economic development and public health. Providing good sidewalks, crosswalks and bicycle facilities ensures that citizens of all ages, incomes and physical ability levels can participate in the life of the community. Providing safe bicycle and pedestrian facilities can decrease congestion, improve air quality, decrease a community’s auto-dependence and increase the amount of money circulating in the local economy.
Bicycle and Pedestrian Studies and Links of Interest
- Asheville – W.T. Weaver Boulevard & Broadway
- Asheville – W.T. Weaver Boulevard & Merrimon Avenue
- Asheville – Haywood Road
- Asheville – Biltmore Avenue, Downtown
- Black Mountain – State Street & Cherry Street
- Brevard – Mills Avenue & West Main Street
- Canton – Mills Avenue & West Main Street
- Flat Rock – Greenville Highway (NC 225)
- Hendersonville – Four Seasons Boulevard (US 64)
- Marshall – South Main Street
- Marshall – Main Street, DowntownMars Hill – NC 213
- Mars Hill – College Street & Main Street
- Waynesville – East Main Street, Downtown
- Weaverville – Main Street & Merrimon Avenue, Downtown
- Weaverville – Main Street
Regional Sidewalk Inventory
- NC 280 Bike Path Final Plan
- Blue Ridge Bike Plan
- Buncombe County Greenways Master Plan
- Haywood County Bike Plan
- Land of Sky Regional Trails Plan Map
- NCDOT 2015 Call for Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Grants: Open through November 20, 2015.
- Bicycle and Pedestrian Grant Funding Sources
- City of Hendersonville Ecusta Rail to Trail Planning Study
- NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide
- French Broad River NC 251 Corridor Greenway Feasibility Study
- Haywood Road Safety Audit
- NCDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Laws and Guidelines Handbook
- CDC Vital Signs Report
- Bicycle Commuters’ Guide
Local Groups and How to Get Involved
Asheville Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force is a citizens advisory committee to the City of Asheville; for meeting times and useful links see here.
Asheville on Bikes is a group that “cultivates the culture of commuting and urban cycling within our city through celebration and advocacy.” See the website here.
BicycleHaywoodNC is a cycling education, safety and advocacy group for Haywood County and the four municipalities within Haywood. Website.
Blue Ridge Bicycle Club promotes healthy and fun lifestyles through cycling in Western North Carolina. Primarily based in Buncombe County, with members also representing surrounding counties, BRBC is also an advocacy group, promotes bicycle safety education for children and adults, and hosts group rides.
Friends of Ecusta Trail: a nonprofit organization organized in support of the Ecusta Trail, a planned rail-to-trail project connecting Hendersonville and Brevard, as well as other multi-use paths in Henderson and Transylvania Counties. Website.
Walk Wise, Drive Smart: a community-based pedestrian safety program in Hendersonville, NC. http://www.walk-wise.org/