The Land-of-Sky Regional Council, in cooperation with the Southwestern Rural Planning Organization, kicks off a two-year initiative in Waynesville with a $250,000 grant from the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation.“We’re trying to come up with routes that work well within the region to make it possible for people to get around better on bikes and also for tourism,” said Nix, a member of the Regional Bike Plan steering committee and co-owner of longtime Asheville bike shop Liberty Bicycles.
The goal of the project is to coordinate existing local bicycle plans while developing a regional action plan for seven counties: Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Madison, Swain and Transylvania, said Lyuba Zuyeva, transportation planner for the Land-of-Sky Regional Council.
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