APRIL E-NEWS
"April prepares her green traffic light and the world thinks GO." 
-Christopher Morley

Dear Friends,

Spring is upon us! The greenways are coming alive and so are we. Our new website will launch later this month, our new promotional videos are circulating, and we have several events coming up that we can't wait to share with you!

Want to make a difference in our community this spring? Consider a donation, or get involved in our ongoing initiatives to support Buncombe County's greenways! We value your support. We appreciate your commitment. Together we are Making Greenways Happen.

Marcia Bromberg, Board President
Friends of Connect Buncombe 


GROWING GREENWAYS
Join us on Saturday May 19 for a symposium at the North Carolina Arboretum that will focus on generating and sustaining public and political support for greenway projects throughout Western North Carolina. The keynote address will be given by Ed McMahon of the the Urban Land Institute. Advanced registration is required. LEARN MORE
SWANNANOA FEASIBILTY STUDY
We are excited to announce that we are the recipients of an NCDOT bike and pedestrian planning grant for $60,000!  Friends of Connect Buncombe  and  Asheville Parks & Greenways Foundation  both contributed matching funds. The $85K will be used to conduct a feasibility study for section 2 of the Swannanoa River Greenway Corridor.  LEARN MORE
  GREENWAY OP-ED 
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" Before we owned  Liberty Bicycles, Mike and I were bike enthusiasts.  We got into the business because there were no bike shops in town that carried bicycle touring equipment and no one would order the equipment we needed. Mike bought a business license and we pooled our funds to purchase the equipment we needed." LEARN MORE

GREENWAY EXPANSION
The city of Asheville and the surrounding areas continue to expand a network of greenways, providing a safe way to commute for bikers and pedestrians.  Derek Turno, board member for the Asheville Parks and Greenways Foundation, said the expansion utilizes existing sections of greenway to fill in as the missing links to connect the city. LEARN MORE

STRIVE NOT TO DRIVE
Strive Week, May 12-19, asks those who move through Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, and Transylvania counties to do so in the healthiest, happiest, most sustainable ways possible. Join the FOCB and the Commute Challenge and consider using the greenways to get where you need to go by bike, by foot or if you are not located near a greenway, carpool or public transit.  LEARN MORE
GREENWAYS REDUCE CRIME 
A new study published from Clemson University and  North Carolina State  researchers suggests parks and greenways could play a role in reducing crime. The study's lead author is a Ph.D. candidate in Clemson's  parks, recreation and tourism management department , and chose to center the research on Bloomingdales Trail in Chicago. LEARN MORE
UPCOMING EVENTS
Mark your calendars in support of greenways!

April 8:  GREENWAY CHALLENGE
The Black Mountain Greenway Commission and Pisgah Brewing invite you to the 10th Annual Greenway Challenge 5K/10K Race.

French Broad River Greenway Ribbon Cutting and Sustainability Tour, Riverbank's KidFest, Film Screening, Workshops and More!

A Meeting for Connect Reems Creek,  with presentation from 
Buncombe County Parks & Recreation

 Symposium at the North Carolina Arboretum to  focus on generating and sustaining public and political support for greenway project development

Enjoy live music, cocktails, and fellowship on the rooftop of Aloft Downtown. 100% of your $5 cover will go to support the Friends of Connect Buncombe!

SAVE THE DATE! 
Sept 17: OPEN STREETS ASHEVILLE