Asheville shelters continue CODE PURPLE activation, provide emergency cold weather services

ASHEVILLE — In response to the severe cold weather, Asheville area shelters are offering emergency cold weather services to people who are currently experiencing homelessness and would not otherwise have a safe, warm place to stay. To minimize risk to people in Asheville and Buncombe County, when the temperature falls below 32 degrees (or the equivalent [...]

Asheville’s pedestrian, bicycle crashes lower during City’s Watch for Me campaign

The City of Asheville’s 2015 Watch for Me NC campaign, which ran from September to November, saw a citywide reduction of 27% in pedestrian- and bicycle-related crashes in comparison to the same time period average for 2010-2014.   This is the first year the City of Asheville has participated in the Watch for Me NC campaign. [...]

Thanksgiving Click It or Ticket campaign to kick off

North Carolina’s Thanksgiving Click It or Ticket campaign will run from Nov. 22-30. The program, a statewide partnership between local agencies and the Governor’s Highway Safety Program, aims to increase seat belt and child safety use rates through increased enforcement of the state’s seat belt law.   On Nov. 23, the Asheville Police Department (APD) and the [...]

Barricades go up for Halloween on Vermont Avenue in West Asheville

There will be lots of Halloween happenings around Asheville Saturday night but one of the biggest parties around town involves a street closing. Hundreds of costumed trick or treaters converge on Vermont Avenue in West Asheville each year for candy-filled extravaganza. And while the children are tricked out in their costumes so are the houses. All [...]

Watch for Me NC: Clearing up crosswalk confusion

Do you know the difference between a marked crosswalk and an unmarked one? In this video Barb Mee, Transportation Planner for the City of Asheville, discusses different types of crosswalks. Also on the video Officer Adam Cabe of the Asheville Police Department, Traffic Safety Division, discusses crosswalk responsibilities for motorists and pedestrians. The Asheville Watch for [...]

Asheville Police Department launches ‘Sober Hero’ campaign

The Asheville Police Department, in partnership with the Asheville Alcoholic Board of Control (ABC), kicked off the “Sober Hero” campaign on October 10 at the Oktoberfest event in downtown Asheville.   Rather than promoting the designated driver, this campaign promotes the sober driver – that is someone who has a system free of all drugs and alcohol. [...]

Fall fire safety tips: Asheville Fire Department reminders

It may be bittersweet to say goodbye to summer. But fall brings its own charm with crisp autumn afternoons, colorful leaves and fall festivals. As the weather beings to change, here are some helpful fire safety reminders from the Asheville Fire Department.   Home heating Soon you may need to fire up the furnace so it is important [...]

Asheville firefighters participate in 200+ mile race

Twelve Asheville firefighters participated in a grueling challenge last weekend: the Blue Ridge Relay. Happening Sept. 11-12, the 208-mile Blue Ridge Relay (BRR208) is one of the longest-running relay races in the United States. Members of Asheville’s 12-man team will rotate through 36 transition areas as they cover the 208-mile distance of the race. The scenery couldn’t [...]

Race events this weekend, expect street closures

A half marathon race returns to downtown Asheville on Saturday, the first in a series of race events this weekend known as the Asheville Running Experience. South Coxe Avenue between Hilliard and Banks avenues will be fully closed Saturday from 4 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Half Marathon race starts at 7:30 a.m. Additional events on [...]

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