Walking the walk

City planners, elected officials, engineers and students from around the United States toured Asheville on Wednesday, Feb. 2 as part of a Town Makers Discovery Tour organized by the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute and Local Government Commission and guided by City of Asheville Planning and Development staff.

The Town-makers’ Discovery Tour, held in advance of the New Partners for Smart Growth conference in Charlotte, took participants through Asheville, Charlotte, Belmont, Kannapolis, Cornelius and Davidson.

The event, said City of Asheville Urban Planner Alan Glines (pictured above), was an opportunity to display Asheville’s achievements in walkability and to explain ongoing initiatives to improve pedestrian and bicycle access in the city. The tour took the group through downtown Asheville, West Asheville, the River District, Biltmore Town Square and Biltmore Village.