City kicks off Watch for Me pedestrian, bicyclist safety campaign

Asheville’s multimodal mindset is one of its assets. But as we move toward environmentally and healthy practices of bicycling and walking to our destinations people sometimes find themselves in the crosshairs at intersections. Add to that equation the brisk tourist traffic and a vibrant busking scene in downtown Asheville. Sometimes our sidewalks appear to be spilling [...]

Updated with video: National Night Out

The Asheville Police Department (APD), Asheville Fire Department (AFD), and the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) will host a local National Night Out (NNO) event 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 4 at Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville. National Night Out is a nationwide outreach program brings neighborhoods together to strengthen community spirit and promote [...]

Asheville area law enforcement officers receive bicycle/pedestrian laws training

Asheville area law enforcement officers recently received special training about enforcing bicycle and pedestrian safety laws as part of the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Watch for Me NC campaign.   Representatives from the Asheville Police Department’s Downtown Unit and the Traffic Safety Unit attended a one-day seminar July 22 at Asheville-Buncombe Community Technical College. The training [...]

Kimberly Avenue pedestrian enhancement includes new stop signs

Drivers heading down Kimberly Avenue will encounter a new stop sign at Hampstead Road, recently installed as part of a pedestrian enhancement. Walkers and joggers crossing at Hampstead Road will notice wide crosswalk margins painted on the roadway at all four points of the intersection.   Overall pedestrian and multimodal safety along Kimberly Avenue was the focus [...]

New moped registration law will help with enforcement

According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, an estimated 17,000 mopeds are being operated on North Carolina roads. Beginning July 1, 2015, a new law, G.S. 20-53.4, requires moped drivers to register their mopeds and pay the same fees as motorcyclists. A moped, by definition, cannot exceed 30 miles per hour on a level surface and [...]

Neighbors and City collaborate to reduce speeding

Like many streets in Asheville, Macon Avenue has a speeding problem. The corridor through the Grove Park – Sunset Mountain Neighborhood sees some 7,000 vehicles from a combination of residential, cut-through and tourist traffic each day. Unfortunately, many of these drivers exceed the speed limit through the residential area, a dangerous practice magnified the presence [...]

*** Update *** Suspect arrested in Biltmore Village Shooting

  UPDATED 2:59 p.m. –  Bryant DeAngelo Sanders surrendered to authorities this afternoon at the Buncombe County Courthouse.  He is currently in the custody of the Buncombe County Detention Facility on $700,000 bond.  The original press release from 5:18 AM this morning is below.  The booking photo for Sanders will be released when it becomes available. Asheville Police [...]

Talking about Policing in Minority Communities

Community interaction between police officers and the public they protect is crucial to creating positive relationships. That was the message from Asheville Police Department Deputy Chief Wade Wood at a February 13 talk on the UNC Asheville Campus. Wood and Buncombe County Sheriff Van Duncan spoke and took questions at the “Policing in Minority Communities” [...]

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