It's no secret that cycling is big in Brevard and Transylvania County. With hundreds of miles of single track and gravel roads between Pisgah National Forest and DuPont State Recreational Forest, and endless combinations of road cycling routes, options for two-wheeled fun are nearly limitless.
For years the City has been focusing efforts to make riding a bike in and through the City of Brevard safer and more enjoyable for cyclists of all kinds, ages, and abilities. Some major milestones in this effort include:
- Greenway Phase I (Sports Complex to Allison Road) - 2003
- Greenway Phase II (Sports Complex to Lowes) - 2006
- Adoption of the City's Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan - 2006
- Greenway Phase III (Allison Road to McLean Road) - 2008
- Estatoe Trail - 2010
- Gallimore Road greenway - 2010
- Bracken Preserve trails opened to public - 2012
- Cherry Street greenway extension - 2015
Smart Cycling Videos
The League of American Bicyclists has produced a series of videos to help riders understand how to ride safely, improve their comfort on the bike, find the right bike, and know their rights as a bicyclist. Additional videos are available by visiting the Bike League website.
Share the Road
Safety is a shared responsibility. Motorists need to be watchful for pedestrians and bicyclists, drive at slower speeds, avoid distraction, and know the laws regarding when cyclists, and pedestrians, have the right-of-way. Cyclists need to ride responsibly and predictably. Ride in the direction of traffic, as drivers may not be looking for you if you are riding the wrong way, and obey all signs and signals, including stop signs and red lights.
The League of American Bicyclists has a comprehensive education webpage, complete with tips, videos and links to find Smart Cycling classes and instructors near you.
Choosing to commute by bike can help fight pollution, save you money, and keep you from wasting time stuck in traffic, all while helping you stay active and fit!
When commuting on your bike it is important to remember that bikes are vehicles and should act as such. Remember: laws that apply to motorists also apply to people on bikes, so obey all stop signs, traffic lights, and lane markings. And always look and signal before you turn or change lanes.
Headlights are mandatory at night: white in front with a rear reflector in back. A red light on the rear of the bike increases visibility at night even more. Check batteries and replace them as soon as the light begins to dim.
To help ensure your safety be visible and predictable at all times, wear bright clothing, signal and follow the law. If the lane is too narrow or you are going the same speed as traffic, take the lane. And, of course, wear a helmet!
Your route choice can make a big difference when commuting on bike. Consider distance, traffic volume, road width, road condition and terrain. Remember that some routes may be a longer in distance but are much more pleasant to ride. Test new routes on the weekend.
When you get to your destination, it is best to try to find indoor parking but if none is available most newer buildings in Brevard have bike racks. If no racks are available, use a U-lock to secure your bike to an immovable object in a highly visible area. Consider asking your employer or building owner to provide safe, covered bike parking.
Watch for Me NC is a statewide pedestrian and bicycle safety campaign, which aims to reduce pedestrian and bicycle injuries and deaths through a comprehensive, targeted approach of public education and police enforcement.
The League of American Bicyclists represents cyclists of all ages and abilities in the effort to create safer roads, stronger communities, and a bicycle-friendly America.
Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a program that enables and encourages children to walk and bicycle to school.
Pisgah Cycling is a non-profit social club dedicated to promoting cycling in and around Transylvania County.
Blue Ridge Bicycle Club promotes healthy and fun lifestyles through cycling in Western North Carolina through bicycle education, advocacy, and funding.
Pisgah Area SORBA (PAS) is a completely volunteer-based organization in the Asheville, Brevard, and Hendersonville, NC area dedicated to improving technical off-road biking recreational opportunities through advocacy for quality trail systems.