On Monday, May 14, the League of American Bicyclists, a leading voice in bicycle advocacy and education, announced that it is designating the City of Asheville as a Bicycle Friendly Community. The league awarded Asheville a bronze-level designation based on the city’s accomplishments in increasing bicycle accessibility and awareness.
“This is a special achievement for us,” said Barb Mee, transportation planner and the City of Asheville’s staff liaison to the Asheville Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force. “We have been making strides in the bicycle community both in terms of communication and in infrastructure. To get this kind of recognition from an outside national organization helps spread the word that we are on a good track.”
Mee pointed to the hard work put in by the task force and other volunteers that is crucial to the evolution of Asheville’s bicycling network.
“Those folks are putting so much energy into this. We couldn’t do this without the partnership we have with the cycling community,” Mee said.
As part of its comprehensive bicycle plan, the City of Asheville has rolled out a number of enhancements to bicycle access and safety, including an expanded bike lane network, color coded lanes, bike racks on city buses, bike lockers, and a bike repair station. Bicyclers can stay connected to city developments through the email@example.com email account.
The City of Asheville remains dedicated to supporting multi-modal and sustainable transportation options. The league’s announcement comes as the city is preparing to participate in Strive Not to Drive week held May 21-25, as well as the May 21 roll out of phase one of Asheville’s Transit Master Plan. See more about the City of Asheville’s emphasis on multi-modal transportation at www.ashevillenc.gov.