Those wearing green ranged from infants to grandmothers. There were occupiers, anarchists, business people, politicians, police officers and firefighters, unemployed workers and the homeless — all out to celebrate a nice day and some new greenways in Asheville.
The route took them over downtown streets, greenways along rushing creeks, paths along the river, through the woods, and even into a sculpture garden. They heard from several people along the route about efforts to improve the multi-modal transportation system in Asheville.
At their first stop in Montford, above the newly-acquired UNCA property that some dubbed the Momentum mud-hole, the riders heard from UNCA Vice Chancellor John Pierce: He explained how the university came to own the property and noted its commitment to finishing the greenway through it.
Off to West Asheville, with a stop at The Gnomon, also known as Christopher's garden. Just as the day started getting warm, bikers started flooding into the space, decorated over time with bottles, cast-off metal things and ceramic sculpture. After the long climb up from the river, some looked like they needed a break, others were ready to continue on and scale the steep climb to Mt. Pisgah. Along Haywood Road and a left down the hill brought them to a new greenway on its first anniversary, the Hominy Creek Greenway, and some biked off-road through some really green woods.
From there an easy ride along the river brought them to the Wedge Brewery for welcome refreshments and food.