Ski Country Sports is birthing an offshoot bike shop adjacent to its North Asheville store. The new outlet, Asheville Bicycle Company, will occupy about 3,000 square feet at 1000 Merrimon Avenue in a space that previously housed AAA Carolinas for 15 years. When renovations are complete this spring, the shopping plaza will house “two stores […]
The billowing local debates over affordable housing and pedestrian safety are pivoting toward a long overlooked section of West Asheville. A proposal for a major new apartment complex at the corner of Hazel Mill Road and Clayton Avenue just north of Patton Avenue is steering the discussion.
Asheville on Bikes is on a roll. Since its birth in 2006, the organization has been a key advocate for a more bicycle-friendly city. And it seems poised for growth as it prepares to celebrate Bike Love — a fundraiser and membership drive featuring a range of speakers and musical acts.
Hundreds of celebratory bike riders took to Asheville’s streets and greenways yesterday for a St. Patrick’s Day community ride. This post features a slideshow of photos from the event.
June means blooming rhododendrons, and one of the best places to see them has reopened after a yearlong wait: the Blue Ridge Parkway from Bull Gap (milepost 355) to Mount Mitchell State Park (milepost 375). I first visited this area 10 years ago, but in March 2008, the beloved section was closed after the steep […]
The weather around here likes to throw curve balls. On a recent morning, the thermometer registered a frigid 4 degrees. Later that day, I managed to get my partner’s Jeep Cherokee stuck in the 8-inch-thick bed of snow covering our driveway. (In my defense, I didn’t have much experience with it growing up in L.A.—lower […]
Asheville on Bikes is hosting The Bright Light Biker on Saturday, Dec. 6 — a late-afternoon, early evening bicycle tour aimed at lighting up the town on many levels. Organizers urge participants, “Light up yourself. Light up the family. Light up your bike. And ride your city to show your ‘Bicycle Love.’”
The Asheville City Council chamber has seen its share of controversy … but helmets? Scores of people wore protective headgear to Council’s Feb. 26 meeting—not because of physical danger, however, but to show support for a new city bicycle plan. On a roll: Helmet-clad cyclists showed up in droves to support Asheville’s bike plan at […]
Did you hear the buzz? Rachel Reeser Photo By Allie Goolrick Shortly after the Asheville Holiday Parade pranced through downtown on Nov. 17, the judges named “Beelieve in Community”—a combined effort by Asheville on Bikes and the Buncombe County chapter of the North Carolina State Beekeepers Association—the best in show. Winning for both “best spirit […]