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First Crowdfunding Campaign for Greenways


Connecting the French Broad River Greenway to the Farmer's Market, Arboretum & Bent Creek Trails and Biltmore Park!

Asheville, NC, June 2,2014 - Friends of Connect Buncombe, a newly formed nonprofit,formed to advance the implementation of the Greenways and Trails Master Plan adopted by the county, is launching the first "Greenways and Trails and Beyond" campaign.The goal of the crowdfunding campaign is to raise $20,000 between June 1st and July 30th for a feasibility study from the existing French Broad River and Hominy Creek Greenways to the Farmer's market. The study will examine possible routes for a single or multiple pathways.

The Blue Ridge Bicycle Club has donated the first $1000 to the campaign. "The Blue Ridge Bike Club is happy to help Friends of Connect Buncombe start their crowdfunding efforts for a greenway along the Brevard Road corridor. This group embodies the mission of BRBC to make it possible for more people in our community to enjoy riding bicycles," Joe Sanders, President, Blue Ridge Bike Club.

To donate and for more information about Friends of Connect Buncombe, please visit

Imagine being able to someday safely walk or bike from Asheville to the NC Arboretum and onto Biltmore Park or vice versa. One of the eight priority corridors identified in the Buncombe County Greenways and Trails Master Plan is the corridor between the French Broad River and Hominy Creek Greenways, along Brevard Road, past the WNC Farmer's Market, out to the hiking and biking trails of Bent Creek and the Arboretum, and then on to Biltmore Park. Raising funds for a feasibility study for the first section between the French Broad River and Hominy Creeks greenways is FoCB's first project and the first step in making this pathway a reality.

Please see Garrett Artz'sOp/Ed piece in the June 1,2014Asheville Citizen-Times. Time to Connect

About Friends of Connect Buncombe

Friends of Connect Buncombe is a nonprofit formed for the purpose of advocating for the implementation and construction of greenways and trails in Buncombe County.We are a collaborative organization supporting all of Buncombe County. The goal is to see a system of connected trails for public use to foster and promote tourism, economic development, health, recreation, diverse and safe transportation options, sustainability, and connect with our community and cultural heritage and beauty of Buncombe County. The Greenways and Trails Master Plan was adopted by the County Commissioners in September, 2012, but has not been funded.

Ribbon Cutting Event and Bike Ride to Rhythm and Brews Concert

The Blue Ridge Bicycle Club invites the public to join them in a special ribbon cutting event and bicycle ride to the July 17 Hendersonville Rhythm & Brews Concert.  The Bicycle Club is sponsoring free bicycle rides and valet bicycle parking in conjunction with the concert series. To encourage cycling to the concerts, free valet bicycle parking will be available at the concert where bicycles and strollers may be left for safekeeping.

There are two route options offered. The first of these routes is located at Laurel Green, at the corner of Fifth Avenue and White Pine Drive in Laurel Park. This is also the site of a special ribbon cutting ceremony to take place at 4:45 celebrate the designation of Fourth Avenue in Hendersonville as a “Bike Boulevard”.  

On April 3, 2014, the Hendersonville City Council voted on a request by Bicycle Club president Joe Sanders to make Fourth Avenue a bike boulevard. The boulevard will extend from the western city limit to Jackson Park.  A bicycle boulevard is a motor vehicle and bike sharing roadway that best suited for low traffic, low speed roads (less than 1,500 cars per day, moving at less than 25 mph). 

The Blue Ridge Bicycle Club received a $10,500 donation that will fund this initiative. This donation will cover the costs for “shared lane markings” on the Fourth Avenue Bike Boulevard. It will also pay for "way finding" signs. These sign will offer directions and distances for cyclists (for example, the distance to Jackson Park, directions to City Hall or the Playhouse Downtown).  There will be road markings three feet wide by nine feet long- indicating the travel path for cyclists. “The purpose of the road markings is really two-fold," explained Joe Sanders, "it’s designed to make motorists aware of cyclists and also to help the inexperienced bicyclist see where they should be riding."