I would like to express appreciation to the [Asheville City] Council for approving the bicycle plan despite its ambiguity in addressing funding.
Note that a lack of safe-to-bike roads actually creates its own safety issues and a large portion of culture-clash perception differences, fostering an us-versus-them mentality on both sides, given that bikes and cars share roads as equals. Making Asheville more bikeable, as set out in most of this plan is embracing the inevitable in the most cost-effective manner (waiting for same-road projects for implementation!)—not being elitist. Also note that the ambiguity in funding comes partially from waiting for repaving to be necessary, [in order] to lower costs.
As long as driving a motor vehicle is a privilege as opposed to a right, the other options for transportation should remain rights, and should be accommodated with safety as the top priority.
Bravo for City Council’s forward thinking, vision and careful stewardship of our tax money.
— David Tindall