Bike lanes make roads safer for everybody

As I am one of the many bicycle commuters in Asheville, I was elated when I noticed them repaving the section of Meadow Road between Amboy and Victoria roads. Surely this repaving would include a bike lane.  This section is a major thoroughfare for trucks, cars, buses and, yes, me on my bike five days a week.

I was more than a little disappointed to find that they basically paved it back just the way it was before; same dangerous hairpin turn, no bike lanes. I feel compelled to ask the city of Asheville: What's the problem here? I thought that part of the deal with the big fancy brewery coming to town was that we would get more bike lanes? And since there appears to be plenty of room on either side of the road and you are already repaving it anyway?

Come on! Bike lanes make for safer travel for everyone. Not just the folks on the bikes.

— Joseph Allawos

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