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Saturday my husband, dogs and I drove 55 minutes to Travelers Rest, SC to hop on the Swamp Rabbit Trail–a nearly 14 mile greenway that connects Travelers Rest and Greenville, SC.

Aside from being curious about the trail (having heard so much about it), I wanted to explore the trail because I’ve been working with Buncombe County to help with Connect Buncombe–a friends group to support the recently adopted 102 mile county-wide greenway plan.  I grew up near Pittsburgh, so I understand the Rails to Trails system and have seen how they benefit communities, but Greenville really has it goin on!  In fact, as we were leaving, we ran into some Asheville friends who had been in Greenville for the day exploring the trail as well.

Without further ado, here is what a developed greenway system can look like.  Here are the citizens who use the greenway system and here are the businesses that benefit from them.  After today, we REALLY want to Connect Buncombe with greenways and trails!  Also, here are some statistics about economic development impact on the Swamp Rabbit Trail.

 

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What does this mean?

This means the plan that Buncombe County Greenways + Trails Master Plan will be presented to the Board of County Commissioners for their approval.  The plan began with a kick off on June 10, 2011 and since then, the BCPGRS staff, the Buncombe County Greenways and Trails Commission and the consultants Kostelec Planning and Equinox Environmental have conducted extensive public meetings to gather opinions and input for the location of the identified greenway corridors.

Buncombe County Greenway and Trails Master Plan is finished and available for final public review online at buncombecounty.org/connect and at all libraries in Buncombe County.

Connect Buncombe is Buncombe County’s public outreach and education campaign that raises awareness of the economic, health, environmental, cultural and safety benefits of greenways.  Pollinate Collaborations has been honored to work with many people and businesses to get the word out.  Sound Mind Creative did all the design and branding work.  And our partner municipalities and communities in Buncombe County, put together all these images telling us why they support greenways!

Here’s just one example of economic development through greenway development.  $50,000 to Black Mountain in one weekend!

 

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Cycle to Farm is an annual charity metric century bicycle ride that supports local food, local farms and greenways through cycling and tourism.   At their first event on June 23, 2012, they supported Black Mountain Greenways.  They also estimate that the event brought $50,000 to the region.  Imagine if we expanded our greenway system and expanded and increased events like these…

165 riders.

92 volunteers.

6 Farms.

21 sponsors.

19 government agencies.

$50,000 was brought into the local economy.
And that’s not all — a whopping 40% of riders completed a lengthy survey about their experience, which helped us understand not only the economic impact:

$37,575 estimated spent by participants

$8,060 spent on (local) event supplies & advertising

$1,200+ spent at the Farms

57% of participants stayed overnight.

56% of participants came from more than 50 miles away.

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Greenways, Please video is a collaborative effort of Buncombe County and its municipalities and partners, as well as local businesses and organizations to provide information about the benefits of greenways in a fun format for viewing across the county.  Connect Buncombe is seeking partners to share this 5 minute public service video at theatres, events, and on websites.  Please get in touch to become a Greenways, Please video screening partner.

Special Thanks to our Sponsors

Asheville Track Club

Hands of Sean Perry Co.

Kostelec Planning

WSM Craft

Mother Earth Produce

Asheville On Bikes

Liberty Bikes

Montford Walk-In Bakery

Equinox Environmental

Pollinate Collaborations

Sound Mind Creative

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Van Burnette with the Hop ‘n Blueberry Farm in Black Mountain is part of the Greenways, Please video

Greenways, Please video is a collaborative effort of Buncombe County and its municipalities and partners, as well as local businesses and organizations to provide information about the benefits of greenways in a fun format for viewing across the county.  Connect Buncombe is seeking partners to share this 5 minute public service video at theatres, events, and on websites.  Please get in touch to become a Greenways, Please video screening partner.

See it for the first time this Saturday night at the Mountain Sports Festival at Carrier Park around 7:30 p.m. (weather pending).

Sponsors:

Asheville Track Club, Hands of Sean Perry Co., Kostelec Planning, WSM Craft, Mother Earth Produce, Equinox Environmental, Montford Walk-In Bakery, Sound Mind Creative, Pollinate Collaborations, Liberty Bikes, Asheville On Bikes, Buncombe County

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During the month of June, Dynamite Roasting Company is giving 100% of profits from their new “Greenways, Please” Coffee Blend to Connect Buncombe’s county-wide greenway system initiative.  Greenways, Please is an active blend with notes of honeysuckle and milk chocolate.

How to get it:

1.       Dynamite Roasting Coffee Bar in Black Mountain

2.       Local Dynamite Roasting Co. distributors

3.       Have it delivered to your doorstep: Mother Earth Produce will be selling Greenways, Please blend through their farm to front door produce delivery service.

4.       On June 23, Cycle to Farm supports Black Mountain Greenways and local farms with a 62 mile metric cycle with stops at farms in WNC.  Greenways, Please blend will be sold at the event registration and after party at Louise’s.  Sign up at www.CycleToFarm.org

Dynamite Roasting Company is an artisan roaster of exceptional Certified Organic and Fair Trade coffee and believes strongly in connecting with our WNC community in ways that are sustainable, healthy, and fun. They are hikers, bikers, baby and dog walkers, and all around lovers of the outdoors. This is why they support Buncombe County Greenways and the Greenways, Please! initiative. They believe in creating a healthier, more beautiful, and more livable Buncombe County.

Connect Buncombe aims to connect our county with greenways and trails to increase transportation options, physical activity opportunities, increased health benefits, community and economic development.

Support businesses that support our communities!

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Photo Credti: Bill Rhoades at Mountain Xpress

New Belgium Brewery is moving to Beer City USA.  This is wonderful for beer enthusiasts, our job market, as well as our greenway initiatives, like Connect Buncombe.  Connect Buncombe is the advocacy group for connecting our county with trails and paths so that we can get to our destinations safely without getting in a vehicle, which also supports economic development.

“But more important than Asheville’s informal Beer City title was the local commitment to more bikepaths, greenways, alternative energy, reducing the city’s carbon footprint and building a more sustainable community,” said Ben Teague, executive director of the Economic Development Coalition of Asheville and Buncombe County.

New Belgium has a rich history of supporting sustainable transportation options.  New Belgium looking forward to having you on board to connect our county.

Welcome to Buncombe County, New Belgium!

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Stephanie Morgan from Asheville-based band stephanies id wants to “Turn off her cell phone” on a greenway

Imagine: bike from Asheville to Black Mountain, run from Woodfin to the River Arts District, okay?  Awesome.

You can make this happen.  I can make this happen.  Your business, your family, your friends can make this happen, simply by publicly saying that you want it.

Connect Buncombe is the greenway outreach arm of Buncombe County.  Right now, a county-wide greenway plan is being updated with public input.  This summer, the Buncombe County Commissioners will vote on whether or not to put the plan into action to Connect Buncombe with greenways.

In the meantime: we need to show our elected officials that we want it.  Here are a few ways to get involved:

SAY CHEESE: Take a Greenways, Please! photo and upload it to Facebook profile or just to Connect Buncombe.  (here’s an idea: Take one with your colleagues and use it to promote your business!)  This is the easiest way to show your support.

COLLECT FEEDBACK: Tell Connect Buncombe you’ll put out a feedback box at your business to gather public feedback

PARTNER: Build a mutually beneficial and custom partnership to show that your business or non-profit wants greenways!

Other ideas about making greenways happen?  Get in touch!

Benefits of Greenways

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