Step Right Up // Dee Williams Answers AoB’s Candidate Forum Questionnaire

Tell us something about your transportation habits. How do you get around Asheville?

I usually have to drive out of Asheville to Greenville-Spartanburg, SC as well around other cities to work. Anywhere else that I have to go locally, I have to drive because the bus system does not adequately connect. If you do not want to spend most of your time away from work on week-ends at home in Asheville, you are forced to drive a car. Buses are not a preferred way to get around, because of limited week-end scheduling, not on time, etc.

What do you consider to be the most significant transportation advancement in Asheville and what impact does it have on our community?

All that have been initiated by the FHWA/USDOT/NCDOT, like the Interstate Highway System and now the FBRMPO Long-Range Transportation Plan in 2013 and the FBRMPO Comprehensive Plan in 2008. Some of the plans destroyed neighborhoods, created systems which allowed no other modes of companion transportation, until Muti-modal transportation which includes pedestrian sidewalks, bike lanes greenways, mass transit,etc which reduce carbon footprint and promote healthier lifestyles.

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Step Right Up // Julie Mayfield Answers AoB’s Candidate Forum Questionnaire

Tell us something about your transportation habits. How do you get around Asheville?

As a long time member and chair of the city’s transit committee, my first choice for my work commute is to take the bus. At times in the past that has been three to four days a week but, more recently, I’m lucky if I can ride one or two days a week. I am also a fair weather bike commuter when my schedule allows. And on the days I cannot do either of those, I drive my husband’s Prius or my 1997 Honda Civic. I also carpool when I can, and I have used the Uhaul Car Share program to help get around town when I ride the bus or bike or cannot carpool to meetings during the day.

In the evening and on weekends, we will frequently walk to Haywood Road in West Asheville for a meal, and we sometimes go for urban bike rides on weekends that involve grocery shopping and/or the Wedge.

What do you consider to be the most significant transportation advancement in Asheville and what impact does it have on our community?

While the City has invested heavily in bike lanes and sidewalks in recent years, I believe the most significant recent transportation advancement in Asheville is the introduction of Sunday bus service. For years, this was the number one request from riders, and the City finally put limited service in place in January 2015. As of April, Sunday trips have ranged from a low of 840 on the first day to a high of 1391, averaging 1180 trips each Sunday (that number has surely gone up since April). This is about one-third of the City’s normal Saturday trips, and a little less than one-quarter of the weekday trips. Though still the lowest day of the week, those numbers represent hundreds of people who are getting to work, going to church, going shopping, visiting friends or doing something else fun – all things they could not do before on Sunday without finding other, sometimes expensive transportation.

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Step Right Up // Corey Atkins Answers AoB’s Candidate Forum Questionnaire

Tell us something about your transportation habits. How do you get around Asheville?

Like most Americans, I utilize my automobile, albeit a fuel efficient one, to get around Asheville. I live in South Asheville, right off Sweeten Creek Road, so using other means is very impractical. I would love to see bus routes extended beyond Rock Hill Road and bike lanes installed the length of Sweeten Creek. I have seen a few folks ride bikes past Rock Hill Road heading South, either to go to the Parkway or to their neighborhoods, but it creates a very dangerous scenario, as large trucks and heavy traffic persist in the same lanes.

I work downtown and love to walk around the area daily. We still have a long way to go, but I think the Greenway and sidewalk projects are a good start.

What do you consider to be the most significant transportation advancement in Asheville and what impact does it have on our community?

The Greenways are going to be a great addition, but if I must choose the most significant advancement, it’s the addition of Sunday bus service. I was a big proponent of that being implemented by City Council. It’s a necessary function for folks unable to afford transportation on days they still must lead their lives. People still have to work, buy groceries and run errands on Sundays. For most, it’s the only day they can.

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AoB & Friends of Hominy Creek Fundraiser at UJ

Hominy Creek

On Saturday, Aug. 22 the Universal Joint in West Asheville welcomes AoB and Friends of Hominy Creek for their annual fundraiser. 100% of the beers sold on Saturday will be shared between both organization and their will also be several outdoor items raffled off throughout the day.

Roll on by and support AoB and Friends of Hominy Creek this Saturday.

When: Saturday, Aug. 22nd

Where: Universal Joint, 784 Haywood Rd 28806

When: 12pm – 5pm

Facebook Event – Be sure to click, share post, and invite.

 

 

Step Right Up // Carl Mumpower Answers AoB’s Candidate Forum Questionnaire

Tell us something about your transportation habits. How do you get around Asheville?

I run with my dog, walk with my wife and drive with my Subaru.

What do you consider to be the most significant transportation advancement in Asheville and what impact does it have on our community?

Preservation of our public transit system in the face of a parade of hurdles – including administrative inefficiencies, funding constraints, density limitations, underutilization, decreasing fuel costs and citizen preference for POV’s over mass transit.

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Step Right Up // Richard Liston Answers AoB’s Candidate Forum Questionnaire

Tell us something about your transportation habits. How do you get around Asheville?

I’m currently driving my father’s 1999 Chevy Tracker from where I’m staying in West Asheville. Prior to that when I was living on Town Mountain for a couple of years I often walked to and from downtown down and up the mountain. I own a bike but it is in great need of repair and is currently unusable.

What do you consider to be the most significant transportation advancement in Asheville and what impact does it have on our community?

I haven’t studied the problem in sufficient depth to come up with an answer yet. I kind of doubt that any of the candidates have, or anyone on City Council. I’ve got a few good ideas, but it is clear to me that we primarily need to bring a sound process for making decisions that benefit all parties into City Hall. There are short-term, medium-term and long-term solutions. To create truly workable solutions, I would emphatically encourage the city to seek grants from the National Science Foundation and other agencies to bring together local engineering and architectural firms, educational institutions and other representatives of the community to design and implement solutions in each of the three time frames. So we would see some short-term solutions that will ease some issues, medium-term solutions that would go further and would blaze the trail for Asheville to become a state, national and world leader in creating a transportation system for the times we live in and adaptable for the future.

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