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Group urges Asheville leaders to make more roads safer for pedestrians, cyclists

Group urges Asheville leaders to make more roads safer for pedestrians, cyclists

Asheville on Bikes wants Asheville City Council to adopt studies that look at ways to make Hendersonville Road, Tunnel Road and Biltmore Avenue/McDowell Street more…

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Asheville on Bikes wants Asheville City Council to adopt studies that look at ways to make Hendersonville Road, Tunnel Road and Biltmore Avenue/McDowell Street more bike and pedestrian friendly. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — Asheville on Bikes is calling on the Asheville City Council to adopt recent corridor studies as amendments to the Asheville in Mobility plan.

“This is too important of an issue to be neglected,” said Mike Sule, executive director of Asheville on Bikes.

According to Sule, Asheville sees more pedestrian crashes than any other city in North Carolina. He sent a letter to the Asheville City Council asking it to adopt the studies into Hendersonville Road, Tunnel Road and Biltmore Avenue/McDowell Street.

The studies look at ways to make the roads more bike and pedestrian friendly, connecting neighborhoods and making public transportation more accessible. Sule points to things like pedestrian crosswalks and protected or buffered bike lanes, similar to those in the River Arts District.

“The more we expand and we broaden our infrastructure to suit the needs of people, you’re going to have more people walking, more people biking, you’re going to have more people using transit,” Sule said.

Public hearings on the corridor studies were on the Nov. 9 Asheville City Council meeting agenda, but council voted to continue the hearings to the Dec. 14 meeting.“I understand this is due to additional community outreach on these items,” Mayor Esther Manheimer said during the Nov. 9 meeting.According to a city spokesperson, if the corridor studies are […]

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