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 [...]

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 [...]

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