Asheville, NC- The DRAFT North Carolina Statewide Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan (WalkBikeNC Plan) has been released for public input. Your input is very important! If you have not done so already, please go to www.walkbikenc.com to access links to the Draft Plan products.
Imagine a community where your kids can walk or bike safely to school; where your family can take an evening stroll; where you can make a quick trip to the grocery store without getting in the car. We are creating a blueprint for improving walking and bicycling for North Carolina communities.
Investing in sidewalks, bike lanes and greenways add many benefits to a community at relatively low cost:
* Promote physical, mental and social well-being by providing outdoor places to relax, exercise and socialize.
* Provide easy walking or bicycling connections between neighborhoods, schools, parks and trails.
* Increase property values, promote tourism and foster local businesses by encouraging foot traffic.
* Improve overall quality of life.
Other benefits include reduced traffic congestion, fewer vehicle crashes and improved air quality. State agencies also benefit from less wear on roads, which leads to lower costs and more efficient use of our transportation network.
What kind of walking or bicycling opportunities would you like to see in your area? How can we best provide the facilities to benefit the health, safety and well-being of your family and community? With your help, we can work to meet the needs of communities to allow people the freedom to safely walk or bicycle to work, school or just for fun.
This is your chance to help us shape North Carolina's future - for yourself, your family and for generations to come.
The public is invited to review the plan online and submit comments until April 30. To submit comments: www.walkbikenc.com/abouttheproject