Advocacy, Merrimon

Asheville on Bikes Publishes Study of Merrimon 4-3 Conversion Plans

Sunset across Merrimon as moms walk with stroller in crosswalk

We are pleased to publish our study of the 4-3 Conversion Plans for Merrimon Avenue north of downtown Asheville. In this study we have attempted to connect the dots between current conditions on the corridor, Asheville’s plans for a better transportation network, this plan, and common objections to 4-3 conversions.

Click here for the pdf download, 33 pages of transportation planning wonderfulness.

If you don’t want to read a study, but do want a collection of resources kept up to date about this project, go here.

This road reconfiguration can improve this corridor for all people who use it. The key question for any of us is this: Is it worth a few seconds of travel time in a car to have a host of benefits and create a more walkable main-street like land use pattern in North Asheville? Yes.

Check out P. 30 and P.31 of the study to see two 4-3 conversions that have worked well at similar traffic volume to Merrimon.

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Here are some photos of current conditions:

Collison on Merrimon
Stop acting like this is an acceptable risk. 4-3 conversion would reduce collisions by 29%.
A road diet means fewer collisions of all types
We are lucky that no one was waiting at the bus stop. A 3 lane road would be easier to cross for pedestrians and have sidewalks buffered by a bicycle lane. The number of conflict points for drivers would drop from 8 to 4.
Many people have told us that they are too afraid to ride bikes on Merrimon. Still others have told us that, because bikes are not on Merrimon all that often, it doesn’t need a bike lane.
This shows latent demand; the orange and white show nearby biking and walking use.

Here are related posts you may enjoy:

AoB: Merrimon Avenue: Road Diet proposed!
AoB: Resource page tracking this project on our site.
City of Asheville: Project page for this project
City of Asheville: Story map with data overlays for collisions, bike, ped, traffic volumes and more
Iowa DOT: Cute road diet explainer video, 6 minutes
FHWA: Road diet case studies
FHWA: Road diet myths