Whether you know it or not, you're probably a member of Get There Asheville.
The multimodal transit advocacy group -- which formed this year to press municipal candidates to make a smart, sustainable local transportation network a top priority -- aims to represent the interests of bus riders, cyclists and pedestrians.
"Even if you don't slap on spandex for a road ride or take the bus to work, you might bike with your kids on the weekend or take an evening walk," explains group member Rachel Reeser. "We all stand to benefit from better transit options in our community."
Get There Asheville's goal this year is to ensure that every mayoral and City Council candidate thoroughly understands the issues pertaining to local transit, and that every voter knows where the candidates stand on these important issues.
Group member Sandy Tarantino says, "No matter how voters travel to their polling places, we hope they will all consider the importance of multimodal transit to Asheville's economic and environmental future when they cast their ballots."
To familiarize voters with candidates' transportation platforms, Get There Asheville has collected candidate responses to a 10-question survey on local transportation issues. Voters can read the responses online at www.getthereasheville.com and in a printed booklet, available free at area bike shops and libraries.
Get There Asheville's next event is a candidate forum at the Asheville Design Center, 8 College St., on Wednesday, Oct. 14, from 7 to 9 p.m. To submit questions for the candidates, shoot an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the group's Web site.