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When you consider that the N.C. Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation has only a $6 million share of the state’s entire $4 billion transportation budget, you get an idea of its priority among budget makers.
But that is also why Western North Carolina cycling advocates and planners are grateful for a slice of the pie in a N.C. Department of Transportation grant awarded to the Land-of-Sky Regional Council to coordinate a regional cycling plan, know as the Blue Ridge Bike Plan, that includes Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Madison, Swain and Transylvania counties.
More than 70 cyclists, transportation planners and others began work on the two-year initiative at a November meeting at Haywood Community College, in Clyde. ...
The study’s aim is to not only coordinate existing local and county bike plans, but also to assess the region’s current network of facilities for cyclists and formulate future policy recommendations to guide local and regional transportation investments and improvements.
One potential outcome of the planning process is a plan for long-term improvements that will create safe and useful recreational and transportation cycling routes throughout the region. ...
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