New NC bike laws apply to Parkway
BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY - The ribbon of tree-lined roadway that climbs the ridges and valleys of the Blue Ridge Mountains is one of the most well-known spots for fall leaf peeping. It can also be one of the most dangerous.
September and October on the Blue Ridge Parkway, which is 469 miles long from Cherokee to Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, are the busiest months of the year, because of fall color viewing by car, hiking trails, bicycle and motorcycle.
Increase Safety for Bicycling
Hendersonville is becoming more bicycle-friendly, thanks to changes that will make it easier for people to get around on two wheels. These include a new extension of the Oklawaha Greenway between Patton and Berkeley parks, and an initiative to make it safer and easier for students to ride their bikes to schools.
Plan encourages biking to school for Hendersonville students
Compared to a generation and more ago, the number of students biking or walking to school has plunged, but two local groups are hoping to turn that trend around.
Mary Smith of North Carolina Safe Routes to School and Joe Sanders, the Henderson County representative for the Blue Ridge Bicycle Club, have been putting their heads together over the past year on how to best get kids safely to school via ways that don't contribute to gridlock.
Oklawaha Greenway Extension Grand Opening
People gather for the official grand opening of the extension of the Oklahawa Greenway from Patton Park to Berkley Mills Park. Photos by Patrick Sullivan, Times-News
Walkers, joggers and pedalers flock to greenway extension
Walkers, joggers and bicycle riders flocked to the newly opened Oklawaha Greenway extension to Berkeley Mills Park this week, celebrating a meandering paved surface that runs along Mud Creek. Ten feet wide, the new 1.7-mile leg forks off the existing Oklawaha Greenway south of North Main Street and ends at a new trailhead parking lot across from the historic Berkeley Mills baseball stadium.
“I think it’s fabulous,” said Joe Sanders, an avid rider and a member of the city’s Bicycle Plan Steering Committee. “One of the things that people have been asking for is to extend that. This will not quite double the distance but this will bring more people out that do want to ride.
A Call To Action For Local Government
Our community is a mountain bike destination. Have you seen all the bikes flocking to Pisgah National Forest and DuPont State Recreational Forest lately? Brevard is on every list and in every article written about terrific trails. I believe it's time for our county and city to put more emphasis on turning the Ecusta Trail into a reality.
South Carolina’s Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail
From Rails to Trails Conservancy:
Trail of the Month: February 2016
“It has really been an economic boon, not just to Greenville and Travelers Rest, but to the whole county."
At the doorstep to the Blue Ridge Mountains of South Carolina, a rail-trail has become so integrated into the culture of its trailside towns that its iconic rabbit has become the mascot for the entire community. Many of the local businesses include a nod to the Swamp Rabbit Trail in their name; visitors will find a Swamp Rabbit Café, Swamp Rabbit Brewery and Swamp Rabbit Inn among others. Even Greenville’s minor league hockey team, formerly called the Road Warriors, changed its name in 2015 to the Swamp Rabbits, swapping a long-held car moniker for a trail-centric one; their new slogan: Fear the Ears.
Love for the Ecusta Trail Continues to Grow
Recently, Western North Carolina’s largest cycling club announced that they have reserved $10,000 for the proposed Ecusta Trail, a proposed “rail trail” between Hendersonville and Brevard. The proposed trail is a 19-mile multi-use hike and bike greenway along the railroad corridor that would increase tourism and economic development, provide alternative transportation, and encourage healthy and active lifestyles.
NATS BIKE: MARSHALL GORDON’S RULE-BREAKING, TITLE-WINNING FULL-SUSPENSION GIANT ANTHEM 3
There is an old adage that says "rules are made to be broken" and when you are an uncontested competitor in the Masters 75-79 category, racing for a championship title, well, let's say there is no one that can tell you otherwise.
Asheville area cyclists oppose new DOT rules
Proposed state bicycle rules that cycling advocates say are dangerous and will cause more collisions with cars have drawn widespread public comment, including condemnation from Asheville area bike riders and one state legislator who in a social media post called some of the proposals "asinine."
Editorial: Wheels keep turning for Ecusta Trail
We got some more good publicity in the Sunday edition of the Hendersonville Times-News.
Bicycling Tourists Are Older, Wealthier, and In Demand
Cities and states have long urged their residents to ride bicycles, as a healthy form of recreation and as a green alternative to driving. Now they’re recognizing pedal power’s economic potential.
Tourism officials and cycling advocates sometimes refer to tourists on bicycles as “wallets on wheels.” That’s because they stay longer in a state and spend more per day than other tourists. Oregon, for example, has found that bicycle tourism contributes $400 million a year to its economy—roughly $1.1 million a day. It was the first state to create a Bike Friendly Business Program that helps businesses market to bicycle tourists.
City to expand greenway, connect it with Berkeley Mills Park
Details of the planned Phase 3 of the Oklawaha Greenway Project were unveiled Thursday evening at a meeting of Hendersonville Green Drinks.
Brendan Shanahan of the Hendersonville engineering department and David Hazzard, city planner, talked about the greenway extension that will connect Patton Park to Berkeley Mills Park for cyclists and pedestrians.
The 2015 and 2016 Collegiate Road National Championships
The 2015 and 2016 Collegiate Road National Championships are coming to the Asheville area. Brought to you by USA Cycling in partnership with the Asheville Buncombe Regional Sports Commission, this year's three-day championship event, May 8-10, is expected to bring together 400 riders from 115 schools across 48 states. The Road Race (Friday) and and Time Trial (Sunday) events will start in downtown Marshall and the Criterium will lap downtown Asheville’s South Slope (Saturday).
Oklawaha Greenway - Clean Sweep!
Bike Club Members Join in Community Service Clean Up Project
UhaulCarShare Kicks into Gear with the City of Asheville
UhaulCarShare, the City of Asheville and the University of North Carolina Asheville (UNC Asheville) are partnering up to bring North America’s most advanced car-sharing service to Asheville. The UhaulCarShare Program Kickoff will introduce UhaulCarShare to the residents of Asheville, NC and surrounding areas while also recognizing the partnership with the City of Asheville and the UNC Asheville.
5 Ways to Bring More Bike Lanes to Your Community
Well-thought-out bicycling routes can change a city. By offering a variety of ways to get around by bike, towns encourage active communities and create practical opportunities for everyday folks to choose bikes over cars.
Voters Need to Take Lead on Ecusta Trail
Imagine being able to walk, jog or ride a bicycle along a former rail line between Brevard and Hendersonville. With no motorized traffic to worry about, you take your children and grandchildren in strollers or on training wheels. Folks of all ages smile and wave as they enjoy the fresh air and scenic views of the French Broad River Valley framed by the mountains of Pisgah National Forest.
Ecusta Trail Advocates Launch Drive for Support
A simple billboard featuring an image, two words and a web address marks a major new push by Ecusta Trail supporters to raise awareness about the greenway and potentially sway voters in a crucial Transylvania County election.
Economic Development on Two Wheels
To better express what's at stake, the Friends of Ecusta Trail should go ahead and change the name of the proposed greenway to the Jobs Creating Tourism Promoting Economic Development Fueling Exercise Inducing Greenway.
Transylvania Election Could Impact Ecusta Trail Plans
Advocates for the Ecusta Trail, a proposed 18.5-mile rails-to-trails project between Hendersonville and Pisgah Forest, see an opportunity in the Transylvania County commissioner's race to advance their cause.
TAKE ACTION! Once again, bicyclists have been left out.
On Tuesday, March 11th, the federal government released a traffic safety proposal that turns a blind eye to the rising number of bicyclist and pedestrians deaths. Last week, 700 participants at the National Bike Summit visited their members of Congress and asked them to sign on to the Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Act. This critical bill would require the U.S. Department of Transportation establish a specific target to improve the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians. Months ago, we mobilized bicyclists behind this bill because we knew DOT was unlikely to do this on their own.
Mills River Ecosystem Improvement Project to Begin in Pisgah Range - Some Roads and Trails to Close
PISGAH FOREST, N.C., Feb. 3, 2014 - The U.S. Forest Service will soon begin the first phase of an ecosystem improvement project in the Pisgah Ranger District, Pisgah National Forest, that includes 64 acres of timber harvesting. Because of this project, certain roads and trails will be closed.
Multi-Modal Commission of the City of Asheville is Looking for A Few More Members
The Multi-Modal Commission of the city of Asheville is looking for a few more members. This is a new commission and assists the city with meeting the needs of those who walk, ride bikes or take city buses for getting themselves around town. This is a great opportunity to help the city and see that our needs are being met.
Protected Bike Lanes Mean Business
How 21st Century Transportation Networks Help New Urban Economies Boom: A NEW BIKE LANE FOR A NEW ECONOMY
U.S. cities have discovered an unexpected tool to create new opportunities in urban economies: the protected bike lane.