The bicycle campaign is a joke when compared to the pedestrian issue. We simply need sidewalks.
We live off Riverview Drive, where one of the most popular parks connected to Amboy Road exists. Due to the special dog park [there], people are walking with dogs in the middle of the road [and] around curves. It is absolutely scary when we have to drive up Riverview from the park.
Secondly, a biker recently died on Riverview Drive because construction workers failed to fill a ditch.
Because of all the new homes being built in this area, the city is generating major tax dollars. Yet, there is not one sidewalk on Riverview and many other tangent roads.
As an avid bike rider from Greensboro, I rode safely to and from work [there]. This is not the case in hilly Asheville without a central park and bike trail. The only safe place to ride here is the Biltmore House or the N.C. Arboretum. Not to mention the woods—if you own a trail bike.
This town needs to take baby steps and focus on sidewalks—especially when developers come in, making their fortune without having to be responsible for this. The stilt homes built on Grandview and Riverview Drive caused potholes on our street, and this developer was not responsible for fixing them, nor [for] building a sidewalk. This simply amazes us.
Not to mention the child who was hit on Riverview a few years back. Our area is close to the most dangerous in Asheville. We simply want to be able to walk safely. The bike issue, for us, [is] minor when compared to this.
— Jeff and Susan Hamilton