After being an avid bicyclist in Asheville for, well, almost four years now, I haven't seen any change in either motorists' attitudes towards cyclists or an altered political view of the situation (except for Gordon Smith, who has advocated for bicyclists). Concerning the potentially economically and environmentally advantageous qualities, let alone personal benefits, of simply riding a bike, every organization involved in opting for more popularization of bikes has done a great job … depicting bike riding as a viable option for exercise and transportation in this wonderful community that we live in.
But unfortunately, Asheville may not be as progressive as we all once anticipated. After recent events, and without reform, both motorists and cyclists seem to maintain an "us against them" attitude, although neither of the parties have any time for that kind of behavior.
Absolutely, drive a car! I'll ride my bike. And we'll both do each — respectfully.
There is a quick solution. I — as well as almost every other cyclist I have spoken to, many of whom are from here — have lived somewhere with a successful … transportation system. All of those places have bike lanes. If we have less bus traffic in Asheville, per capita, we should certainly have more bike traffic, considering expense and environment. Right? What am I missing?
I, as a cyclist, am ready to see change. So many cities have accomplished this simple task, while maintaining a more than reasonable budget. Let's get on board. Let's see bike lanes. We've all earned them.
— Lilly Wright