Asheville Area Commuters

Be sure and check out our Road, MTB, Cyclocross, Track and BMX pages.
Commuter Resources:

Asheville Infrastructure Maintenance Request Form

 Bicycle Incident Report

 NC Bicycle & Pedestrian Law Guidebook

 NC Bicycle Commuters Guide

Asheville Parks & Greenways Foundation Get Moving Maps

Buncombe County GIS Bicycle Map

Through a partnership with the Blue Ridge Bicycle Club, the Asheville Bicycle Racing Club and AB-Tech Community College we would like to announce the addition of a Bicycle Suitability layer to our website. This layer has been many years in the making starting with surveys and ground work done by the Bicycle Club. Those routes were updated by students in the A-B Tech GIS Certificate program and Buncombe County is happy to make them available to you.

The bicycle suitability layer assigns most of Buncombe County's main thoroughfares to one of four categories: green(most suitable for biking), yellow, red and black(least suitable). The Blue Ridge Parkway is also shown in blue. Please note that the index refers only to a routes suitability for bicycling due to vehicular traffic. It does not categorizes how strenuous a ride might be.

For more information other groups that have contributed to this effort over the years as well as other projects to make Asheville more bike and pedestrian friendly visit the Bike/Ped Task Force at

Once you see the map click on the "map layers" icon, uncheck the default boxes and check the "Bicycle Suitability Index" box. Then zoom around town!

Continue to the new GIS website.

NC Bicycle Laws

In North Carolina, the bicycle has the legal status of a vehicle. This means that bicyclists have full rights and responsibilities on the roadway and are subject to the regulations governing the operation of a motor vehicle.

North Carolina traffic laws require bicyclists to:
  • Ride on the right in the same direction as other traffic
  • Obey all traffic signs and signals
  • Use hand signals to communicate intended movements
  • Equip their bicycles with a front lamp visible from 300 feet and a rear reflector that is visible from a distance of 200 feet when riding at night.
  • Wear a bicycle helmet on public roads, public paths and public rights-of-way if the bicyclists is under 16 years old
  • Secure child passengers in a child seat or bicycle trailer if under 40 pounds or 40 inches

  Read the Laws Related to the Operation of a Bicycle

  Laws Guidebook – Bicyclists and the Law

  NC Driver’s Handbook (See Bicycles in Chapter 6)

NC Bicycle Helmet Law

On July 5, 2001, North Carolina became a safer place to ride bicycles through the enactment of the "Child Bicycle Safety Act". This law requires every person under 16 years old to wear an approved bicycle helmet when operating a bicycle on any public road, public bicycle path, or other public right-of-way. The purpose of this law is to reduce the number of head-related injuries and deaths from bicycle crashes. Studies show that helmets prevent 60 percent of head injury deaths and reduce the overall risk of head injuries by 85 percent.

In addition, this law specifies that all child passengers falling at or below 40 pounds/40 inches must be carried in a separate restraining seat. Any parent or legal guardian who knowingly allows a child to ride without a helmet or to ride as a passenger not secured in a restraining seat (when applicable), will be in violation of the law. Violation of the law carries a $10 civil fine. The fine may be waived upon the receipt of satisfactory proof of purchase of helmet or restraining seat. This law went into effect October 1, 2001.

  Child Bicycle Safety Act

Blue Ridge Parkway Bicycle Regulations 
  • Bicycle riders must comply with all applicable state and federal motor vehicle regulations.
  • Bicycles may be ridden only on paved road surfaces and parking areas. Bicycles, including mountain bikes, may not be ridden on trails or walkways.
  • The bicycle operator must exhibit a white light or reflector visible at least 500 feet to the front and a red light or reflector visible at least 200 feet to the rear during periods of low visibility, between the hours of sunset and sunrise, or while traveling through a tunnel.
  • Bicycles must be ridden single file except when passing or turning left and well to the right-hand side of the road.
  • Bicycle speed must be reasonable for control with regard to traffic, weather, road and light conditions.

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