Community asked to weigh in on regional bike plan

out biketoworkThe Land-of-Sky Regional Council will host a round of community input meetings Nov. 5 through Dec. 6 to gather input for a regional bicycling plan.

The organization was awarded a grant from N.C. Department of Transportation in August 2011 to undertake a regional bike plan study for seven counties in Western North Carolina, including Jackson, Swain and Haywood.

The study will continue through June 2013, and the ultimate goal is to develop a regional bicycle plan that will help guide future local transportation investment. Residents can attend the meetings and provide comments and suggestions on where and what type of facilities they would like to see in the region.

The initiative is called the Blue Ridge Bike Plan.

Land-of-Sky Regional Council is a multi-county, local government planning and development organization in North Carolina. It is one of 17 such organizations in the state and serves Region B, which includes the counties of Buncombe, Henderson, Madison and Transylvania. Land-of-Sky Regional Council is made up of local representatives who meet monthly to plan programs and set policies and goals to for the region. The meetings are open to the public and refreshments will be provided.

n Nov. 19, 12-2 p.m., Western Carolina University Center multi-purpose room on second floor.

n Nov. 28, 4-6 p.m., Waynesville Recreation Center, 550 Vance Street.

n Dec. 4, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Marianna Black Public Library, 33 Fryemont Street, Bryson City.

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