Complete Streets presentation highlights community benefits

In 2012, Asheville City Council approved a Complete Streets policy that ensures transportation planning and street maintenance that accommodates pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders, people with disabilities, children and the elderly among others. Supporting multi-modal transportation in the City of Asheville is one of City Council’s strategic goals. On Monday, June 3, a presentation at 36 Montford [...]

River District project meet up May 31

This Friday evening, take a stroll along the French Broad River while helping make four upcoming projects in the River Arts District and West Asheville better at the River District SpeakUP. From the City of Asheville Office of Economic Development: Drop in at Jean Webb park on Riverside Drive Friday evening between 5 and 8 p.m. to [...]

Fix-it bicycle station installed at Carrier Park

A newly-installed bicycle fix-it station has made its debut at Carrier Park, a central location for Asheville’s bicycle community. The station, located near the bridge that crosses the park’s popular “Mellowdrome” track, provides tools, a repair stand and bike pump that cyclists can use to fix a flat or make adjustments. “This location just made perfect [...]

2013 Handicapped Parking Enforcement Program rescheduled for April

***NOTE*** This event was rescheduled from an earlier date. Updated registration information can be found at the bottom of the announcement. The City of Asheville is looking for applicants to participate in this year’s Volunteer Handicapped Parking Enforcement Program. Each year, the City of Asheville Police Department trains volunteers how to write citations and warnings to [...]

Pay-by-phone parking extends to all downtown metered spaces

The yellow parking meter stickers are going up all over town as the City of Asheville expands pay-by-phone parking to all of its 750 meters in the downtown central business district. The service allows drivers to pay for up to two hours of on-street parking using a credit or debit card number and their cell phone. [...]

APD operation focuses on pedestrian safety

The Asheville Police Department and the City of Asheville’s Traffic Engineering Division work together to promote pedestrian safety. The below video documents a recent operation by the APD focusing on motorists who do not stop for pedestrians, as well as pedestrians who do not cross at specified crossings. The City of Asheville asks that motorists abide [...]

ART system gets nine new buses

Upgrades to Asheville’s transit fleet continue with the replacement of nine buses with newer models. The new buses, two hybrids and seven diesels, began partial service this week and are expected to be in full operation within the next ten days. The streamlined models are expected to reduce repair costs and fuel expenses as the City [...]

Public input needed on bus service expansion

In the coming months, the Asheville Redefines Transit (ART) service will continue to roll out service expansions and route adjustments, including one of the most-requested improvements: holiday bus service. Beginning January 1, 2013, the ART system will operate partial service on six out of eight holidays previously without bus service: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther [...]

N. Lexington mid-block crosswalk construction begins Monday 9/24

City of Asheville Engineering Services crews will begin construction on a new crosswalk at North Lexington Avenue on Monday, Sept. 24. The mid-block crosswalk, to be located in the vicinity of 65 N. Lexington, is a much-needed street element that has been requested by surrounding business owners and pedestrians to make crossing easier and safer [...]

New Patton Avenue sidewalk connectors increase pedestrian access

The final touches are underway on two sections of sidewalk along Patton Avenue that provide safer walking routes for pedestrians along the busy corridor. The two linkages, one from Parkwood Road to Leicester Highway and another from Regent Park Boulevard to the Capt. Jeff Bowen Bridge (formerly the Smokey Park Bridge), total a combined 4,150 [...]

City of Asheville launches pay-by-phone parking pilot program

Don’t have change? A new pilot program by the City of Asheville’s Parking Service Division implements new technology for a sample of on-street parking meters that will allow customers to pay by cell phone or smart phone. Beginning Thursday, September 6, 104 meters in one section of downtown will be designated by stickers explaining how to [...]

Aloft hotel opening marks great public/private partnership

Beneath the bright and festive décor of the Aloft Hotel, which marked its grand opening Thursday, lies the City of Asheville’s most recent addition to its parking facilities. The 404-space parking garage is the fourth downtown deck operated by the City of Asheville and was built at considerable savings to the city thanks to a [...]

The Bele Chere Top 10 Things to Know: Getting there and parking there

The 2012 Bele Chere Festival is just around the corner, taking place in downtown Asheville July 27-29. As excitement builds for the big weekend, we are presenting “Bele Chere: Top 10 Things to Know.” See more information about Bele Chere 2012 at belecherefestival.com. No. 8: You don’t have to drive You think we would throw a major event [...]

Roll out the ART: Asheville launches new transit push

The first phase of the City of Asheville’s Transit Master Plan was set into motion on Monday, May 21, as Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy and members of City Council officially launched the Asheville Redefines Transit (ART) system. Following a bus ride around downtown Asheville in which Transportation Director Ken Putnam described system improvements, the mayor and [...]

Asheville named Bicycle Friendly Community

  On Monday, May 14, the League of American Bicyclists, a leading voice in bicycle advocacy and education, announced that it is designating the City of Asheville as a Bicycle Friendly Community. The league awarded Asheville a bronze-level designation based on the city’s accomplishments in increasing bicycle accessibility and awareness. “This is a special achievement for [...]

Volunteer Opportunity: Be a Bus Ambassador!

  There’s a natural connection between public transportation and interacting with people. Riding the bus sparks conversation and fosters real face time with others in the community. Now, the City of Asheville is looking for volunteers who have the knack for both to be “Bus Ambassadors” and help us introduce riders to the changes that are [...]

Bike lanes go a different kind of green

A bike lane on South Lexington Avenue got fresh coat of green paint this week as part of an effort to enhance bicycle visibility and safety. The one-block climbing lane between Aston Street and Patton Avenue is the first of several spots the city is pinpointing to try out a strategy recently approved by the Federal [...]

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