Plans to install bicycle lanes, crosswalks and other bike- and pedestrian-friendly measures on Charlotte Street, referred to collectively as a “road diet,” are moving forward, Asheville’s director of transportation to Asheville City Council last week.
The city’s transportation department director, Ken Putnam, told Asheville City Council that the project is set to be finalized in June and go out to bid in July and August, with work starting in late summer or fall and likely finished before the end of the year.
Note the refuge islands, high-visibility crosswalks, the bicycle lanes and bicycle boxes to allow bike riders to make left turns. This work would extend from the Charlotte Street intersection with Chestnut Avenue north to Charlotte Street’s intersection with Edwin Place.
The goal “is to create a more complete streets environment for all road users to experience
and improve safety,” Putnam said.
Go here for Charlotte Street road diet updates from the city of Asheville.
Until the speed of traffic is curtailed, such changes are meaningless. Drivers have a free run from Chestnut to Hillside, and pick up good speed. Pedestrians (few of them) are an afterthought. Bike lane is a good idea but cars will use it when bikes are not there, just as they do on Chestnut and Kimberly.