I am thrilled to see the growth of alternative transportation being fostered by our vibrant, local culture that is throwing itself into biking, busing, carpooling, etc. I'm also aghast at the dangerous conditions it has created. The unintended side-effect of increasing pedestrian and cycling traffic on our streets is that many people join the cause, unaware of how to truly share multi-use roads and throughways. This creates serious safety risks to everyone.
Just this week I witnessed several bikers riding at night with no lights and, equally as bad, no helmets. I've also seen cyclists wobble and weave in and out of traffic, which creates an unpredictable pattern of motion that will lead to an accident. As a regular cyclist, I know we can't control everything, but there is a lot we can do to minimize risk to others and to ourselves.
I'm scared of the seeming lack of awareness I've witnessed and want to make a public appeal: If you ride a bike, get trained and ride safe. To get started, check out the Asheville Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force for tips and resources at http://avl.mx/3k or join up with groups like Asheville on Bikes to meet responsible, creative people who are happy to make a new friend and share tips on fun, safe riding in the city.
— Amy Sawyer