So I attended a discussion/presentation today about transportation and planning in the Asheville area, the dialog that took place was rather interesting and a few of the key things I took away were:
- Asheville needs to take steps to rid itself of its pedestrian hostility (being someone who bikes or walks for large portion of my transportation needs, I have long felt that pedestrians are treated as lesser citizens to those who utilize automobiles).
- Infrastructure needs to be implaced to decrease automobile usage and to make made multi-modal transportation methods feasible (in Asheville this is somewhat difficult due to an aging transportation network).
- Attention needs to be devoted to ridership demographics and focus needs to be directed toward attracting a more diverse socio-economic crowd in order to make mass-transit "cool" again.
- Options such as park-to-ride lots need to be implemented to decrease the amount of parking space and traffic utilized in the city center.
- Efforts can be directed toward the entire greater Asheville area and its more problematic corridors rather than just the city center.
- Proper planning will require efforts from a number of organizations included NGOs, government entities, business interests, and true citizen involvement.