ASHEVILLE NC – The City of Asheville Greenway Commission and the Blue Ridge Bicycle Club invite the media and public to celebrate the opening of a new section of the Reed Creek Greenway on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 11:00 a.m. near the corner of Cauble and Broadway Streets. The Reed Creek Greenway runs parallel to Broadway from Cauble Street to Catawba Street and offers a non-motorized transportation and recreation option to connect North Asheville and Montford to downtown Asheville.
The celebration will include a ribbon cutting by Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy, an appearance by cyclist and Olympic silver medalist Lauren Tamayo and a guided walking tour of the greenway by the City of Asheville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department.
Following the ceremony, Lauren and the Blue Ridge Bicycle Club will host a community ride along the greenway. Bicycle enthusiasts can also enjoy an earlier ride with the club from Carrier Park to the greenway opening. For information about those rides, go to club Facebook page, www.facebook.com/blueridge.bicycleclub or to their events calendar, http://plus.calendars.net/blueridgebikes
Attendees who are able to walk, ride in a stroller, bicycle, carpool or take ART Transit to the greenway are encouraged to share how they arrived using multimodal transportation options. Parking will be available at the Eblen Short Stop at 425 Broadway.
While approximate 4.5 miles of greenway trails are currently open to residents, a 15 mile greenway system composed of 12 interconnected corridors is outlined in the City’s Greenway master Plan. The City of Asheville’s expanded greenway, bike lane, sidewalk, and ART transit system are all efforts underway as part of City’s multimodal transportation efforts and as well as the City Council’s 2012 Strategic Goals.