Volunteer in AVL’s Annual Bike / Ped Counts

We count.

We count.

We need you to get out there and count the pedestrians and cyclist in our city the week of Sept. 14th. Let’s continue to inform transportation policy with data. Currently, NCDOT does not conduct bike / ped counts as part of their design phase. It’s up to us to provide those numbers. And without you out there counting, we won’t have the data we need to expand active transportation.

Register for the annual here.

Bike counts will be conducted on Tuesday through Saturday morning beginning on Sept. 15th.

Volunteer training sessions will be held at UNCA on the following days and times:
9/10 noon — Sherrill Center, room 402
9/10 5pm — Sherrill Center, room 402
9/14 noon — Sherrill Center, NCCHW conference room (in the NCCHW office area, not the classroom/arena side)
9/14 5pm — Sherrill Center, room 407

Be sure to post the AVL Bike / Ped Invite on your facebook page and share with friends.

Beers for Gears

Beers for Gears

Beers for Gears

The Asheville Affiliates present Beers for Gears at Catawba Brewing Company on Thursday, Sept. 24th from 6pm – 9pm.

The event is a benefit for AoB and features local food, craft beer and wine, live music, silent auction, and raffle items that range from restaurant gift certificates, Biltmore passes and a variety of outdoor gear.

Early bird tickets can be purchased online for the discounted rate of $25 / person. They will be $30.00 at the door. Ticket covers all food, beverages, and entertainment.

Beers for Gears will take place at the new Catawba Brewing Brewery, 32 Banks Avenue

Asheville’s Caromia and the Siamese Jazz Club will play a mixture of R&B, Soul, and Jazz.

Asheville on Bikes cultivates the culture of urban and commuter cycling through advocacy and celebration. We believe a biking community is a healthier community. The entire proceeds of this event will support Asheville on Bikes.

If you’d like to volunteer for Beers for Gears, please sign up w/ the Beers for Gears Volunteer Form.

 

Step Right Up // Keith Young Answers AoB’s Candidate Forum Questionnaire

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

I am one of many Asheville residents that rely solely on an automobile. However, since I work downtown I tend to walk most places while in the area. It’s very convenient to move in and around the city when essential amenities are close. Shaping development with density in mind gives residents easier access to cleaner, greener alternative transportation methods Also, I’m not an avid biker however, being able to utilize bicycles downtown if readily available would be a sensible addition. Quick and easy access to a system of bicycles throughout our metro area, near bus stops, and greenways could help compliment our multi-modal transportation plans. Once the greenways connect, I can envision a total network of travelers engaging in a bike share system with limitless possibilities. You may even see me riding one through downtown on a lunch break running errands.

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

Giving consideration to all things, I would have to simplify this answer. Our bus system has made incremental advancements. I believe we have a great deal of work ahead of us. Our goal should focus on making this system a tool for everyone. Sunday Bus service and extended hours have assisted many Asheville residents in closing the gaps of their basic everyday needs. This was a small victory when viewing the scale of a system that could do more to serve Asheville residents. A victory none the less and an achievement .

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AoB hosts Get There Asheville // Oct. 22 at Clingman Cafe

GetTherePosterDuring each election cycle, Asheville on Bikes (AoB) hosts two candidate forums focused on the issues of Asheville’s transportation systems and needs.

AoB’s second candidate forum, held prior to the general election, is called Get There AVL. It will be hosted by New Mountain in downtown Asheville. The event is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 22nd from 6:30 to 9pm, so please save the date.

Read Their Take on Transportation

All current Asheville city council candidates have received an invitation and questionnaire from AoB. Candidate responses will be posted to AoB’s website in the order they are received. Each candidate was asked: 

  1. Tell us something about your transportation habits. How do you get around Asheville?
  2. What do you consider to be the most significant transportation advancement in Asheville and what impact does it have on our community?
  3. Please identify one way in which you’ve worked to make Asheville safer for pedestrians, transit users, and / or cyclists. What did you learn from this experience?
  4. What do you consider to be Asheville’s primary transportation challenge and how do you propose to fix it?

Click Below for Candidates’ Responses to AoB’s Forum Questionnaire:

Richard Liston>>

Carl Mumpower>>

Corey Atkins>>

Julie Mayfield >>

Dee Williams >>

LaVonda Payne>>

Joe Grady>>

Ken Michalove>>

Brian Haynes>>

Rich Lee>>

Grant Millin>>

Lindsey Simerly>>

John Miall>>

Marc Hunt>>

Keith Young>>

 

Step Right Up Facebook Event Page 

AoB’s second candidate forum, held prior to the general election, is called Get There AVL. It will be hosted by New Mountain in downtown Asheville. The event is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 22nd from 6:30 to 9pm, so please save the date.

 

 

Get There AVL Facebook Event Page 

Step Right Up // Marc Hunt Answers AoB’s Candidate Forum Questionnaire

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

Automobile, cycle, walk, occasional transit.

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

Past 5 years – improvement in routes and timing of the transit system.
Emerging – bicycle infrastructure.

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Step Right Up // John Miall Answers AoB’s Candidate Forum Questionnaire

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

I typically drive, ride my motorcycle, or walk (within a mile of home.)

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

In my lifetime, I-240 was significant in that it opened up Asheville. In more recent years the interest in multi-modal transportation has been an asset as well as a challenge.

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