In a 5-1 vote (Mayor Terry Bellamy was absent with a sick daughter), Asheville City Council approved a comprehensive bicycle plan for the city.
The plan maps out 181 miles of bike-able routes throughout the city, and was supported at the Feb. 26 meeting by a crowd of helmet-clad cyclists. Though the extensive plan — which weighs in at more than 150 pages — and the yet-unknown expense of implementing it raised comment by some on Council, transportation planners envision implementing the plan in small steps, and City Manager Gary Jackson said it would be considered as part of the Asheville’s capital-improvement campaign.
Council member Carl Mumpower was the only “no” vote. For more on the story, see the March 5 issue of Xpress.
— Brian Postelle, staff writer
photo by Jonathan Welch