Asheville On Bikes

Step Right Up // Brian Haynes Answers AoB’s Candidate Forum Questionnaire

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

My wife and I own and electric car and a hybrid car. We use the electric car for all our transportation around town. We use the hybrid for longer trips. We also live in the river arts district, so we walk downtown and sometimes to West Asheville. We would ride our bikes to work at Habitat except the strip of road from Lyman to Meadow it far too dangerous.

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

The most significant advancement is the willingness of people choose alternatives to driving their gas powered vehicles, such as walking, bicycling, and using public transportation. The use of hybrid buses is an important step in a more eco-friendly transportation system.

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?

The primary thing that I have done to make a difference, personally, is by choosing to walk whenever possible and when driving my car to abide by speed limits and be aware of pedestrians and bicyclist. I strongly believe that our city should invest in more bike lanes and sidewalks. This is one of my top priorities.

What do you consider to be Asheville’s primary transportation challenge and how do you propose to fix it?

We need to find a more user friendly public transportation system. Our transportation system is currently underutilized. It should be s system that all our citizens want to use, not because they have to but because they want to. It should be faster and more streamlined. And be FREE for all.

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