December 2022

Trailblazer(s)

Giving Thanks for Giving Tuesday

By Lynn Huffman

Our GivingTuesday campaign began on November 22, 2022, with daily social media posts and occasional emails, and culminated on GivingTuesday, November 29, 2022. We are thrilled to have received $10,346.51 in online donations from YOU, our loyal Ecusta Trail supporters (and our final 2022 newsletter Trailblazers), to end what has been an amazing 2022 for our region!

 

We expect to receive a few more donations by check in the coming days. In order to include those gifts, we will have the raffle drawings for the t-shirts and hats on Tuesday, December 6.

 

Thank you GivingTuesday donors! You are Making the Dream Come True!

Henderson County Rail-Trail

Advisory Committee

By Cindy Ruzak

Chairman Chuck McGrady called the meeting to order and asked for an update from Conserving Carolina’s Executive Director Kieran Roe, who said there has been extensive and significant collaboration among multiple entities in connection with the new Federal funding request.

 

Mark Tooley, President of the Friends of the Ecusta Trail, stated that major donor fundraising is ongoing and that Davidson River Road bridge removal is coming along. Chris Todd commented that the State’s NCR $500,000 grant is being re-designed in scope and focus, so that the money will not be lost. Funds must be expended by June 30, 2023.

 

Henderson County Senior Planner Janna Bianculli and Planning Director Autumn Radcliff led a presentation on the updated Story Map for the Ecusta Trail. The 30% design update can be accessed on the homepage of the Henderson County website. It was mentioned that it was important to integrate trail road crossings with NCDOT projects (such as a roundabout near the trailhead) so improvements aren’t built twice. Autumn Radcliff noted that a letter went out to trail adjacent homeowners to gather input on the story map.

 

Chuck McGrady suggested that nonprofits connected to the trail use the Story Map to help answer questions to enhance community understanding. Committee member Ken Shelton said “the link is user friendly and has a great deal of information.” He then asked about naming opportunities for landscape elements such as benches or tree plantings as that relates to potential fundraising efforts. One suggestion was to create a list of what can be named, however Chris Todd, Business & Community Development Director, stated that these types of details are not part of the scope of the project and that the Board of Commissioners decides such naming. Chuck McGrady concurred that the focus is on the big things and Henderson County Engineer Marcus Jones recommended waiting until the 90% project phase to discuss such possibilities.

 

Chairman McGrady asked that alternate trail surfaces such as hard gravel be researched. Marcus Jones said that generally asphalt was considered the best option primarily because less costly surfaces would require costly ongoing maintenance. It was mentioned that a paved surface was an ADA requirement as well as a grant requirement.

 

Highlights of the NSFLTP (Nationally Significant Federal Lands & Tribal Projects) grant request were shared with the Committee. NCDOT took the lead initiating the request. Autumn Radcliff said “we should know in the spring, however, there is a very good chance for success.” Some of the application’s strengths included having received other trail grants, strong support from local governments, and 25 letters of support from community organizations. Another plus (as well as a requirement) is that the Ecusta Trail will connect the Pisgah National Forest to the Blue Ridge National Parkway. If granted, the funds may be enough to cover all of the Transylvania County’s geographical portion of construction plus some of Henderson County’s.

 

Chris Todd commented that both counties needed each other’s support to be in a position to get this grant and, thus far, it has been a great collaborative effort. Chairman McGrady enthusiastically concurred.

 

For additional information about subjects contained in this article please check out the following links:

 

Henderson County 30% Design Update for the Ecusta Trail

 

The Nationally Significant Federal Lands and Tribal Projects Program (NSFLTP) of The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) (Pub. L. 114-94, section 1123), provides funding for the construction, reconstruction, and rehabilitation of nationally-significant projects within, adjacent to, or accessing Federal and tribal lands. This program provides an opportunity to address significant challenges across the nation for transportation facilities that serve federal and tribal lands.

 

Nationally Significant Federal Lands and Tribal Projects (NSFLTP) Program | FHWA (dot.gov)

Brevard Ecusta Trail

Advisory Board

By Matt Revis

Exciting Progress, But Slow Fund Allocation Highlights Meeting

 

To begin the meeting, Steve Williams of NC Department of Transportation shared that the fund allocation process for the FLAP grant (Federal Lands Access Program) awarded to Brevard will take three months.  These dollars are intended to fund engineering design of the Transylvania portion of the Ecusta Trail. A contract for the engineering firm cannot be signed until the allocation is complete.  This presents a significant delay toward construction of the ET in Transylvania.  Discussion ensued regarding options to continue progress without this grant money in hand but was inconclusive.

 

In other news, Chuck McGrady reported that the 90% complete engineering plan for the first phase of Henderson County Trail construction (Laurel Park to Etowah) is due in early December.  Delivery of this plan triggers the bidding process for actual construction, with a potential to award a contract Spring 2023 and building to begin June 2023.

 

The Brevard Planning Department is in the process of determining whether to submit another RAISE grant application again this year, said Planning Director Paul Ray.  Committee members supported the effort, suggesting that all attempts to expand funding options are worthwhile. Paul has received no response regarding the NSFLTPP (Nationally Significant Federal Lands and Tribal Project Program) grant application recently submitted.

 

The pre-bid meeting for a contract to remove the rail trestle over Davidson River was held, according to Mark Tooley of Conserving Carolina.  Nine construction firms were invited; five firms attended.  The decision to award this contract is expected by the end of February with removal to begin immediately.

 

John Ditillo shared that the Friends of Ecusta Trail (FOET) fundraising efforts have nearly reached the 2023 goal of $6.5 million.  On another funding note, Larry Chapman has learned from local State legislators that Transylvania will be classified as a Tier 2 County. The North Carolina Department of Commerce ranks the state’s 100 counties every two years based on economic well-being and assigns a tier level. The 40 most distressed counties are designated as Tier 1, the next 40 as Tier 2 and the 20 least distressed as Tier 3. This tier system translates into preferences for funding options to encourage economic activity in less prosperous areas of the state.  Transylvania had been classified as Tier 3, along with Buncombe and Henderson.

 

Next meeting of this advisory group is to be held December 28, again at 3:30 PM in the Brevard City Council meeting room.

North Carolina Designated #18

'Bike Friendliest' State in the Nation

By Tom Keating

In a development that Tarheel bicyclists probably already recognize, North Carolina has been recently designated the 18th most 'Bike Friendly' state in the Union by The League of American Bicyclists. Over the past decade or so, North Carolina's state and local leaders, in partnership with bicycle and trail advocates, have worked hard to develop a growing network of safe and accessible bike pathways. Among the other thirteen southeastern states, North Carolina proudly ranks number three in its commitment to planning, infrastructure, funding and policy development for our State's trails and bikeways. For the previous ten years of the League's 'Bike Friendly' report cards, the Tarheel State has been ranked in the top 20-25 of States. Its 2022 #18 ranking represents a hard earned breakthrough for our local and state legislative leaders and the strong partnership that exists between them and the many bicycling constituencies who call North Carolina home.

 

The League of American Bicyclists

 

The League of American Bicyclists has a storied history originating as the League of American Wheelmen of 1880.  Because of the difficulties in riding a bicycle in that era due to poor roads, mud and rutted surfaces and the disdain of wagoneers and saddle riders of all types, over 100,000 cyclists advocated for the construction of safe, paved roads which formed the basis for our Nation's future highway system.  It is ironic that this early advocacy of bicyclists created the impetus for the modern highways that drivers enjoy today.

 

The mission of the League is to create a 'Bicycle Friendly' America for everyone by listening, learning and sharing best practices and encouraging engagement with diverse community groups.  The League, based in Washington, D.C., focuses on advocacy, education, legislative affairs, policy, bike safety and community outreach.  The League supports the sponsorship of National Bike Month in each May, a National Ride a Bike Day scheduled for May 1, 2023, and National Ride a Bike to Work Week which is scheduled for May 15-21, 2023. This event will showcase the use of bicycles as a cheap, reliable transportation and encourage the expansion of safe, urban bike paths on our streets and trails.

 

Work Still To Be Done

 

While the League applauds the efforts of most of the States in the U.S., their rankings also serve as a call to action to continue to invest in safe streets and connecting bike trails and networks to increase the health, sustainability and strength of communities as well as create an alternative option for safe and inexpensive transportation. In its 2022 “Report Card for North Carolina,” several areas are highlighted for future advocacy:

  • The State should adopt a law with a minimum passing distance of 3 feet to address bicyclists safety.
  • North Carolina has a bicycling to work rate of less than half of the national average and efforts should be made to provide convenient street and trail networks to allow more people to safely bike to work.
  • The State should further develop driver and bicyclist education programs in order to increase safety awareness and reduce its bicycle fatality rate.

Additional details regarding the League's “Bike Friendly' report are available here.

 

2023 North Carolina Year of the Trail

This recent breakthrough in North Carolina's national ranking comes at a defining moment for bicycle enthusiasts across our State.  Under the leadership of both the North Carolina House and Senate, HB 554 was passed designating 2023 as “North Carolina Year of the Trail” and highlights North Carolina as one of only three states in the Nation to formally recognize the importance of trails to the continued health, recreation and commerce of our communities.

 

Additional information regarding special programs and events for the North Carolina Year of the Trail is available here.

December ET Events

 

Henderson County R-TAC Meeting - Cancelled

Meeting cancelled. Happy Holidays!

 

https://www.hendersoncountync.gov/bc-rtac

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Brevard Ecusta Trail Advisory Board Meeting
December 30, 2022 @ 3:30pm – 5:30pm

 

Open to the public. Meeting at City Council Chambers.

Trailing Thoughts

A Holiday Parade of Santas

on Bicycles...O My!

By Thomas Keating

A unique Holiday fund raising event has been introduced by bicycle enthusiasts of Milwaukee, Wisconsin called the "Santa's Cycle Rampage".  This is a family friendly event featuring hundreds of participating Santas following a 5-10 mile/hour pace in a slow bicycle roll, loop ride through downtown Milwaukee.  Although Santas are present in large numbers, other Holiday characters such as Mrs. Clause, Jesus, reindeer, Christmas Trees, and many others are represented.  The popular event raises money for bicycle safety education, trail improvements, advocacy and charitable projects.

FOET NEWSLETTER CONTRIBUTORS: Bernard Grauer, Lynn Huffman, Tom Keating, Matt Matteson, RJ Miner, Matt Revis and Cindy Ruzak.

 

November 2022

Trailblazer(s)

A Tribute to the Volunteers

By Lynn Huffman

Thank you to our 2022 Trail Cleanup Sponsor, Hunter Automotive Group, and all of the businesses and volunteers who helped clean up the trail!
It's All the Rage

Trikes for Any Age

By Thomas Keating

There's an interesting trend in the world of cycling – one that may be a bit surprising to our readers. Yes, it's the increasing interest in tricycles for any age of trail enthusiasts as well as bicyclists with physical limitations.  In the past, we've associated tricycles, three-wheeled cycle configurations with toddlers and the youngest of riders, however new designs and applications are offering new opportunities for their use by other groups desiring to stay active.  Perhaps this trend is driven by demographics such as the aging of America or, better yet, a more welcoming environment for bicyclists with physical limitations as well as the sheer versatility of these three-wheeled vehicles. According to industry and trade sources, interest in these devices is on the rise because tricycles have taken on a variety of innovative designs and functions which we'll share with you in the following paragraphs.

The 'Together Tricycle' aka Side-by-Siders

 

Imagine traversing a scenic bike trail with an innovative side-by-side seat design on a stable and sturdy three-wheeled main frame that actually encourages conversation with your companion, date, child or even business associate.  You can actually take in nature's beauty while sharing the experience with the other passenger. Designs offer a tandem or conventional single seat arrangement while offering a host of options such as individual gear selection, padded high-back chairs and ingenious fold-down arm rests. The sample “trike” pictured here is manufactured by Workman Cycles of Conway, SC. Learn more here.

The Adaptive Use Tricycle

 

Fortunately, the trail-riding experience is increasing with  bike enthusiasts who possess a wide range of physical abilities.  The sample “trike” illustrated here is the Rifton Tricycle which is specifically designed for cyclists who may need additional support, enhanced alignment, safety belts or refined adjustment features.  This product, distributed by Adaptive Mall, affords a therapeutic design while offering an enjoyable outdoor experience to riders with mild to moderate levels of physical difficulty.

More information about the features of this adaptive trike is available here.

Advantages of Recumbent Trikes

 

Recumbent tricycles offer a unique and healthful benefit to the triking rider because of their purpose-built frame design which enhances stability and safety for the rider. Recumbents allow the rider to peddle without placing excessive strain on muscles and joints. In fact, cycling enthusiasts who suffer from various forms of arthritis, joint discomfort and other physical limitations may want to consider a recumbent design because it offers a full body workout that engages all of the primary muscle groups. Other cyclists may opt for a recumbent because it engages the thighs, calves and glutes without excessive strain. Many recumbents offer the advantages of a small turning radius, higher seating and three-speeds when traversing moderate hills. The sample recumbent trike shown here is offered by Terra Trike of Grand Rapids, MI. Learn more here.

The e-Trike

 

Trail enthusiasts desiring to couple the stability of the tricycle with the versatility and range of the e-bike should look no further than electric tricycles offered by a variety of vendors. The Liberty Trike, manufactured by Electric Bike Technologies, offers a variety of options for most any application from trail riding, to parcel delivery, to simply providing a form of cheap transportation. Electric trikes offer significant advantages for recreation, business and personal mobility. These bikes combine the features of the e-bike (e.g., pedal assist and quick charging batteries) with the stability and comfort of a trike.

 

E-trikes provide a great option for extending the independence of those who may no longer desire to drive an automobile. Many e-tricycles can be outfitted with large baskets for shopping. Trikes may be well suited for retirement communities. The sample e-trike pictured here is the Liberty Bike of Croydon, PA with more information available here.

The bikes mentioned here do not suggest an endorsement of any specific design or manufacturer. Please also note that the use of adult tricycles may be governed by local ordinances and trail regulations.

Henderson County Rail-Trail

Advisory Committee

A meeting was not held in October. The next meeting is scheduled for November 9, 2022.

Brevard Ecusta Trail

Advisory Board

By Matt Revis

Conception to Construction

 

The Brevard/Transylvania Ecusta Trail Advisory Board convened on October 26th in a meeting delivering examples of significant progress toward the beginning of design and construction.  Rebecca Robinson of Conserving Carolina noted that bids on removal of the trestle over Davidson River are due soon.  Award of this contract should occur by the end of this year.  Target date to finish this project is the end of February 2023 to avoid any interference with the beginning of trout season.  In addition, engineers funded by the FLAP (Federals Lands Access Program) grant will soon begin detailed design work for Trail construction in Transylvania. Necessary collaboration with engineering design on the Henderson County side will assure that the entire stretch of the trail through the two counties will remain consistent in look and accessibility.

 

Paul Ray (Brevard Planning Department) noted that the NSFLTP (Nationally Significant Federal Lands and Tribal Project Program) grant proposal has been submitted.  Approval of this grant would provide significant funding toward completion of the Trail, and Mr. Ray anticipates approval.  Reasons for this confidence include less competition from other proposals and a favorable funding match ratio of 60%/40%.  Brevard Planning is a co-applicant with the NC Department of Transportation and Henderson County. This represents the first proposal that officially documents collaboration between the two counties covering the entire trail length.  Clark Lovelace (TDA) mentioned that the TDA Board supported the grant with $1M and that future contributions for specific purposes were possible.

      

Mr. Lovelace and Wilson Hooper (City Manager) discussed the need for the Trail to not only provide recreational outlets for residents and visitors but to offer a reliable option for commuting.  Citing from the NSFLTP proposal, “When complete, the 18.8-mile Ecusta Trail will dramatically improve regional mobility choices in Henderson and Transylvania counties, making it possible to access Pisgah National Forest, as well as schools, parks, social services, employment, and shopping destinations, by walking and biking.”  Board discussion concluded that design of trail access and signage should entice visitors to explore further into Brevard and other attractions in Transylvania County.

 

Billy Parrish (Blue Zones Project) presented the results of research he and John Ditillo had recently completed regarding potential trailheads, also known as parking and access points.  After their original survey, they decided that multiple smaller access options are better than one or two large trailheads. Benefits of smaller trailheads include simpler designs, lower physical impact, and lower cost per access point.  Multiple access points can also balance visitor and resident use, avoiding congestion and spillover into adjacent properties.  The Advisory Board agreed with this theory.

 

Mr. Parrish described several potential access spots, most located on property already owned by the city.  Options include focusing on the area where the Ecusta and Estatoe Trails will connect near the Mountain Industrial Park, Ecusta Road, and the City Sports Complex and Activity Park.  Easy access in this area is favored by Mayor Copelof who stated, “If you have a major recreation center and a new major recreational amenity (Ecusta Trail) – don’t they belong together?”  Oskar Blues Brewery has offered cooperation with potential trailheads in this area as their parking is regularly used by bikers.

 

The Board reviewed next steps to continue progress on Trail development.  A lobbying plan to support the NSFLTP proposal is one step.  In order to maintain excitement and involvement within the community, a future meeting with adjacent property owners will be scheduled when the engineers finish Trail design work.

November Fundraising Events

The Dream is Becoming a Reality
We hope you make this year’s Giving Tuesday (November 29) your opportunity to support the Ecusta Trail.
November ET Events

 

Henderson County R-TAC Meeting

November 9, 2022 @ 10:00am – 12:00pm


Open to the public. Meeting in the King Street Meeting Room

https://www.hendersoncountync.gov/bc-rtac

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Brevard Ecusta Trail Advisory Board Meeting
November 30, 2022 @ 3:30pm – 5:30pm

 

Open to the public. Meeting at City Council Chambers.

Trailing Thoughts

A Salute to Military Cyclists

and All of Our Veterans

By Thomas Keating

The month of November is widely associated with military veterans and their service to the United States.  This month we would like to extend a heartfelt salute and our gratitude to veterans and their families and share some history of the military and their bicycles.

 

Historians have reported that the earliest military bicycles were introduced due to rapid advances in tire and bike frame designs and were adopted by armies throughout the world in the late 1800's.  In Europe, bicycle infantry battalions, reconnaissance units and even medical detachments relied upon bicycle transportation in WW I and to a lesser degree in WW II.  More recently, Ukrainian “electric cavalry” units have successfully adapted e-bikes for scouting and anti-tank missions in the on-going war with Russia.

 

Closer to home, recent developments by the U.S. Army's research agency have spurred design innovations for an e-bike designed to deploy with special operations units of the United States such as Navy SEALS, Army Rangers and the Marine Corps Raiders.  A tactical e-bike developed by Montague Bikes of Cambridge, MA features a compact foldable design that can be lashed to combat vehicles and air-dropped, or, using a specialized harness, strapped to the backs of deploying paratroopers.

 

Throughout the world bicycles have served the military for tactical missions and garrison operations. For military bicyclists and all veterans, we salute your service and thank you and your families for your sacrifices in the defense of our Country.

FOET NEWSLETTER CONTRIBUTORS: Bernard Grauer, Lynn Huffman, Tom Keating, Matt Matteson, RJ Miner, Matt Revis and Cindy Ruzak.

 

 

October 2022

Trailblazer

Dawn Barr - Blue Ridge Bicycle Club

By Bernard Grauer

The rhythmic sound of the ‘ker-chunk’ reverberated as the first toe clip snapped to fasten with the bike’s pedal. Tick-tick-tick-tick went the bicycle as it slowly coasted off in the heavy Carolina morning thick from the humidity of the low-lying clouds. Ker-chunk went the second toe clip, fastening the rider to the colorful bike frame and thin wheels. “Let’s go,” hollers one rider with the Blue Ridge Bike Club, eagerly ready to start the moderate-pace bike ride through the mountains.

 

Clip into the life of Dawn Barr, president of the Blue Ridge Bicycle Club. Dawn has an undergraduate degree in history and philosophy and a master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Iowa. She then jumped into the world of computing and network architecture, work that led to a career with Microsoft where she helped governmental agencies both inside the Washington, DC’s Capital Beltway and across the globe.  

 

During covid when everyone across the country was on Zoom, Barr’s job was to help agencies and governmental clients transition into a secure video environment for data and video. While many of us were sourcing toilet paper and stitching masks, Dawn and her team were formulating, designing, and building virtual network solutions like a tech mastermind from the movie The Matrix.  

 

Dawn’s husband Jim is recently retired from military service and shares the love of biking. So when it came time to turn a new chapter in their lives, they looked toward Asheville, NC. They settled into the hometown feel of Hendersonville and the fact that the Blue Ridge Bike Club was a very active group. Dawn notes the “small town feel and downtown’s Main Street” won them over and was a relief from the hustle and bustle of DC. The Hendersonville community and bike club honors their service to the bike club and their philanthropic actions.    

 

The Blue Ridge Bike Club holds weekly events year-round, including their signature fundraiser, the WNC Flyer, an event that takes riders across the mountains of Western North Carolina every June with rides ranging from 30 to 100 miles. The Flyer will challenge any rider’s skill level and typically finishes at an excellent eating and sudsy venue. The WNC Flyer raises funds for many philanthropic initiatives including grants, bike fix-it stations, and contributions supporting the planning and development of bike routes including the Ecusta Trail.   

 

The Blue Ridge Bicycle Club’s mission is to “promote healthy and fun lifestyles through cycling in Western North Carolina.” The Club meets throughout Western North Carolina with rides ranging from two to five hours at a moderate pace for novice riders to shorter “social” rides that finish at a local taco truck. So ditch your Peloton and check out their ride schedule here..

The Blue Ridge Bicycle Club has donated some $35,000 for the Ecusta Trail. Other initiatives involve bike fix-it stations (see the selfie of Dawn and station) found in Mars Hill. Other fix-it stations can be found at Jackson Park, Brevard’s Visitor Center, and Bent Creek Experimental Forest. The Club has also donated park benches on greenways and surrounding parks. School clubs and municipalities can apply for small grants which support the “health and fun lifestyle through cycling” here.  

Thank you, Barr Family for your service and continued support of ‘moving’ initiatives across Western North Carolina.

Henderson County Rail-Trail

Advisory Committee

By Bernard Grauer

The Henderson County Rail-Trail Advisory Committee (RTAC) met on September 14th in the County offices. Preliminary budget figures for trail construction of the first six miles are $8.5 million. The six miles of trail begins at Kanuga Road in Hendersonville and ends in Horse Shoe at Battle Creek Road. Figures were provided by Henderson County Engineer Marcus Jones and based upon estimates by the trail design team of Vaughan & Melton. Some of the unknowns of the project are the cost of materials and the cost of the six stream crossings, thus a 20% contingency was included in the estimated cost. Jones said he hopes to take bids in March of 2023.


At the September meeting, the RTAC got a chance to finally visualize what the trail may look like when it is ready for public use. Henderson County staff employed a team of landscape architects to create a vision for the trail. The idea was that the trail is not only a paved walkway or bikeway but also that it welcomes visitors and pays homage to the railroad. An architectural rendering was displayed that showed kiosks, signs, and other amenities for trail users.

 

The plan is to add historical features along the trail so users will know it was a former railroad corridor. Signage will be tasteful as well as functional. Crosswalk signs and signals will be designed to meet safety standards. Wayfinding signs and mile markers will be added to help visitors find their way particularly when exiting the trail. The committee members began to see that the Ecusta Trail could be a valued and marketable destination for both residents and visitors.

 

Keep up with the project on the Ecusta Trail Story Map.

Brevard Ecusta Trail

Advisory Board

By Matt Revis

The September meeting of the Brevard Ecusta Trail Advisory Board (ETAB) met on September 28, 2022 in Brevard. Much of the meeting involved the status of trail grants such as the Nationally Significant Federal Lands and Tribal Project (NSFLTP) grant for $25 million that has an application deadline of October 24. Brevard Mayor Maureen Copelof will speak to the Transylvania County Commissioners at their next meeting to request a resolution of support for the NSFLTP grant which calls for a match of 60% local funds. The NSFLTP grant is the next best funding source for the Ecusta Trail since the $15 million RAISE grant application was recently not funded by the federal government.

 

The Committee discussed the proposed removal of the train trestle over the Davidson River in Pisgah Forest. The Vaughn & Melton engineer firm is now looking at the project scope in order to seek bids from contractors for its removal. The trestle was damaged by flooding several years ago and is unserviceable.

 

Chuck McGrady, ETAB’s representative from Henderson County, shared preliminary cost estimates from the eastern end of the 19-mile Ecusta Trail. McGrady also shared positive remarks about the potential of federal compensation coming to some qualifying property owners whose land abuts or crosses the trail corridor. Such compensation is part of the law regarding federal railbanking.

John Ditillo announced several fundraising and information sharing events that will be sponsored by the Friends of Ecusta Trail (FOET) over the next few weeks.

 

The next meeting of the ETAB is scheduled for October 26 at 3:30 PM.  It is possible that at this meeting a report by Blue Zones staff of possible trailhead sites may be discussed.

Upcoming Fundraisers for the ET

Concert Featuring a

Grammy Award Winner

Skyterra Wellness Retreat is pleased to announce a fundraiser concert with all proceeds raised donated to the Ecusta Trail on Oct. 8 at Skyterra Wellness Retreat.

 

The concert will feature Bobby Hicks, a Grammy Award winning American bluegrass fiddler and a professional musician with more than 50 years of experience. Opening for Hicks will be The Dirty French Broads, another local bluegrass band.


The concert will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Skyterra Wellness Retreat. The Retreat is located at 75 Skyterra Way, Pisgah Forest. Tickets are $30 at the door, cash only. The general public is welcome, but the concert is limited to the first 100 people. Parking is limited so carpooling is encouraged. Food and drinks will be available on site for purchase, cash only. Food will be donated by Trails Carolina.

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Lazy Otter Outfitters

$1 Checkout Donation

This is the final month, in the summer long $1 donation match, to up to $500 at the Lazy Otter Outfitters in Horse Shoe. Paddlers can simply click a button to add the dollar to their total cost when they make online reservations.  

https://www.lazyotteroutfitters.com/

October ET Events

 

Henderson County R-TAC Meeting - CANCELLED

October 12, 2022 @ CANCELLED


October meeting CANCELLED.

https://www.hendersoncountync.gov/bc-rtac

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Brevard Ecusta Trail Advisory Board Meeting
October 26, 2022 @ 3:30pm – 5:30pm


Open to the public. Double-check with city for cancellations or rescheduling.

Trailing Thoughts

In an internet posting by Dr. Stan Amaladas, a leadership development expert, he illustrates some of the valuable leadership principles that we can learn while bicycling.  Some of these lessons include the idea that bikes can teach us Resilience - if you fall down, you've got to get back up to get to your destination.  Also, while on your ride don't forget to enjoy Building Relationships along the way while also Exploring New Horizons.  Dr. Amaladas includes the famous quote by the 20th century scientist and Nobel Prize winner, Dr. Albert Einstein who once said, "Life is like Riding a Bicycle.  To Keep Your Balance You Must Keep Moving."  Dr. Amaladas's website on leadership can be found at www.leaderonomics.com.

FOET NEWSLETTER CONTRIBUTORS: Bernard Grauer, Lynn Huffman, Tom Keating, Matt Matteson, RJ Miner, Matt Revis and Cindy Ruzak.

 

 

September 2022

Trailblazer

Jeff Egolf - Egolf Motors

By Cindy Ruzak

As the owner, with son Jay, of Egolf Motors in Brevard, Jeff Egolf exemplifies the sentiments of community support expressed by many of the Ecusta Trail sponsors and donors. These individuals and their businesses are similar to Jeff and Jay in that the primary reason for their financial support of the Ecusta Trail is simply that the Trail will benefit their community. Like Jeff, they believe that the Trail will enhance the quality of life in the community, and that being fortunate to be part of a giving community they want to give back to that community.
 
Jeff takes that basic tenet of involvement one step further by being an ambassador for the Ecusta Trail, encouraging other acquaintances and business leaders to similarly appreciate their municipalities and the people in them. At one point in his more than 50 years of entrenchment in the Hendersonville and Brevard communities, he was the Chair of the Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce as well as the Community Foundation of Henderson County. Now, his son Jay is following in that community involvement by being on the Henderson County School Board. Both Jay’s wife Jen and Jeff’s wife Jan are similarly involved in the community, although Jeff says Jan’s primary job is to keep him in line.
 
Jeff’s acquaintance with the idea of rails-to-trails goes quite a way back in his life’s story. Jeff grew up in Aurora, Illinois, where his father owned a car dealership. His grandfather was a General Manager for the Chicago, Aurora & Elgin, a commuter railroad. Jeff remembers riding the CA&E to Chicago in the 1950s. So he was very interested when those rail lines eventually became the Illinois Prairie Path*, a truly successful rails-to-trails conversion. Jeff has visited the trail and finds the history fascinating, thus developing an appreciation for how an abandoned rail line can be utilized for a different form of transportation. 
 
Eventually Jeff’s dad sold the business and made an attempt at retirement, about the time Jeff had graduated from Indiana University and soon after joined the Navy. However, his dad realized very quickly that he wanted to get back into the business. So when Jeff and wife Jan (at one time Office Manager who handled all the business financials) moved his family to Hendersonville, the dealership he and his Dad established was first located on south Main St., near where the Trail terminus will be. Prior to the abandonment of rail traffic, Jeff recalls riding an excursion train to Brevard, so now the conversion of that line to the Ecusta Trail again brings Jeff connective rail line memories.  
 
Today, with the family’s auto business consolidated in Brevard (again near, albeit at two miles a bit further away from, the western end of the Trail), and with continuing business and community interests in both Hendersonville and Brevard, Jeff is very cognizant of the many varied connections of the two towns and counties, and is confident that the Ecusta Trail will benefit their citizens. So Jeff’s life is one of connections with both ends of the Ecusta, so truly a Trail of Two Cities. 
 
*Note: The Illinois Prairie Path was the first successful rail-to-trails conversion in North America, having been founded in 1963.  This multi-use nature trail now spans 61 miles.  The CA&E was an electric line which carried commuters and freight between Chicago and its western suburbs as far as the Fox River. It suspended commuter operations in 1957 and freight in 1959, and the right-of-way was abandoned in 1961. For more information please see www.ipp.org.

Henderson County Rail-Trail

Advisory Committee

By Bernard Grauer

The August Rail-Trail committee meeting focused on the 30% design proposal by Joel Setzer and staff from Vaughn & Melton.  The 30% design looks at the high-level layout of the trail along the existing railroad right of way.  The right-of-way or easement is an essential boundary for land owners, roads, intersections, streams, wetlands, and drainage concerns.  Careful consideration will be given to the trail structure and the surrounding land for current drainage and future road projects that could impact the Ecusta Trail.

 

Wednesday’s presentation visually mapped the US 64 crossing in Horse Shoe back toward Laurel Park and Hendersonville.  Particular details illustrated where the existing rail bed would be moved away from streams to allow proper banking and erosion control while remaining within the trail easement.  There are six noted bridges within this presentation section and multiple complex intersections where the North Carolina State Department of Transportation (NC DOT) will have control over signage and traffic lights. 

Another critical consideration involves future traffic along US 64, where roundabouts at White Pine and Daniel Drive will become a factor for the Ecusta Trail.  Vaughn & Melton associates have coordinated with NC DOT on the future US 64 project and the trail impact.  Trail sections closer to town may have to be redone as the highway gets updated in the future.  Future pedestrian crossings scale from simple yield signs for trail users to more complex highway crossings involving new stop signals and crosswalk signs in town.

 

Vaughn & Melton associates shared an NC DOT traffic analysis chart explaining what level of vehicle traffic warrants the need for signs versus stop signals.  Associates provided a possible pictorial scenario of what the signals/crossing would look like if approved by governing bodies and NC DOT.

 

One intersection will involve a new traffic pattern along Kanuga Road as the trail heads south toward Church Street along Wash Creek.  Signs and crosswalks will consider current criteria for the Americans with Disabilities Act, which could mean motion detection for pedestrians and flashing lights for drivers at particular crosswalks.  Please remember that this plan is preliminary and subject to tweaks and changes as actions develop.

 

Once the 30% design submittal receives approval from governing bodies (board and county), the next phase will look at the drainage design to prevent erosion along adjacent streams.  Mr. Setzer mentioned that many of the current 24-inch culverts should be closer to 42 inches to allow for proper runoff.  One example is along Shaws Creek in Horse Shoe, where part of the existing rail bed is washed out from previous storms.  Updates on the design submittal can be found on the county’s website, where further details are available.  The pictoral map will be released on the storyboard, explaining trail alignment relative to streams and adjacent structures in further detail.  Currently, there is no timeline established for the release of this map as the committee is reviewing for approvals and internal questions.

 

Brevard/Transylvania

County Ecusta Trail

Advisory Board

By Matt Revis

Putting the Pieces Together

 

Significant issues discussed at the Brevard/Transylvania County Ecusta Trail Advisory Board meeting on August 31 often concerned the various pieces necessary to connect in order to complete the Ecusta Trail.

 

Though the state of North Carolina succeeded in winning several RAISE grants this cycle (Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity), the Ecusta Trail grant proposed by Brevard/Transylvania county was not one of them. This was a major funding option for the completion of the Trail. The Brevard Planning Department is working quickly toward another grant option through the Nationally Significant Federal Lands and Tribal Project Program (NSFLT) enacted as part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law of 2021. Such grants are related to development of infrastructure adjacent to federal or tribal land. With a due date of October 24, 2022 for grant submission, steps will be taken within the next few weeks to pursue necessary approvals from local authorities and to request letters of support. The grant will be submitted through, and with the assistance of, the NC Department of Transportation. The recent RAISE grant submission provides most of the information required for the NSFLT grant. With help from previous supporters of the Ecusta Trail RAISE grant, approval of this new funding option is expected.

 

In other reports, the Blue Zones Project to review trailhead access and design is nearing completion. Many comments were offered by Committee members emphasizing the need for multiple, informative, and accessible trailheads to promote use of the trail to tourists and locals. Partnerships with local businesses near the trail might fund both access (funding parking spaces, e.g.) and information related to those local businesses near the trail. A discussion was continued from the last meeting regarding abandoned railroad tracks crossing active roads. This elicited several ideas toward quick resolution of the concern. At issue, school buses are forced by law to stop at abandoned tracks causing unnecessary delays near already congested school zones. For now, the solution is unclear, but NC DOT has existing authority over the outcome. Finally, new calculations to update estimated trail costs to current prices continues, led by staff in Henderson County. When finished, this information will be valuable to all stakeholders.

 

A recent meeting hosted by Mayor Copelof and Brevard Planning staff focused on Transylvania landowners who have property adjacent to the trail. Attended by both individual land and business owners, primary concerns were privacy and continued access to rights of way across the Trail. Contact information was shared and future communication assured as the Trail project moves forward. Another meeting of this group will be planned as more answers and information are available.

Give Again to Ecusta Trail

By Lynn Killian

Development Director for Conserving Carolina

So many of you have given generous gifts to support the exciting Ecusta Trail since we launched our “Making the Dream Real” Campaign in 2021.  We cannot be more grateful.  But have you considered making a pledge to give again each year for the next 5 years?  That is what we desperately need.

 

Yes, the Ecusta Trail has received numerous, impressive, and large government grants and pledges of support from the Tourism and Development Authority, for which we are deeply grateful.  But these grants must receive a 20% match from local citizens like you.  We are committed to raising $6.5M in our first phase of fundraising from private entities; and will probably need to raise an additional $2M to $3M when all the increased costs estimates come in.  That is a lot of money to raise, and we are not there yet.

 

Giving once is appreciated but giving and pledging your support over 5 years is what will get us to our goal. In fact, we will most likely not be able to build the Ecusta Trail without multiple years of committed support.

 

Won’t you step up to the plate and let us know how deep your interest in Ecusta Trail really is by making a 3 – 5-year pledge of support? We can count pledges in our total amount raised, and that is what will convince the County to begin construction.

 

Think about how you can show your support by making a pledge to give again and again.  You can give by check, credit card, stocks or even from your Required Minimum Distributions. You will find a Pledge Form here.   Thank you for sharing in the excitement and in the responsibility of constructing the Ecusta Trail.

 

Upcoming Fundraisers for the ET

Sip4aCause

Join us and our new friends at the lovely Stone Ashe Winery located at 736 Green Mountain Rd. Hendersonville, NC 28792 on September 29 from 12-6pm. This amazing two year old winery (the grapes were planted in 2016) was just awarded #1 New Winery in the US from USA Today. This is so exciting for them and for the wine industry that is exploding in NC. 

 

As we move forward with the planning and eventually building of the Ecusta trail, we will be partnering with businesses like Stone Ashe in both counties to raise the money needed for our local matches for grants and to build excitement in what lies ahead! Stone Ashe will be offering the Ecusta Trail a sales percentage of all bottles sold that day, and we will be selling tickets for an exciting raffle.

 

Come by on Thursday the 29th and enjoy some delicious wine and ambiance overlooking the vineyards laden with gorgeous grapes that will soon be harvested.

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Concert Featuring a

Grammy Award Winner

Skyterra Wellness Retreat is pleased to announce a fundraiser concert with all proceeds raised donated to the Ecusta Trail.

 

The concert will feature Bobby Hicks, a Grammy Award winning American bluegrass fiddler and a professional musician with more than 50 years of experience. Opening for Hicks will be The Dirty French Broads, another local bluegrass band.


The concert will begin at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 8 at Skyterra Wellness Retreat, 75 Skyterra Way, Pisgah Forest. Tickets are $30 at the door, cash only. The general public is welcome, but the concert is limited to the first 100 people. Parking is limited so carpooling is encouraged. Food and drinks will be available on site for purchase, cash only. Food will be donated by Trails Carolina.

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Lazy Otter Outfitters

$1 Checkout Donation

Lazy Otter is asking customers to pitch in $1 all summer, and they will match donations up to $500 at the end of the season in October. Paddlers can simply click a button to add the dollar to their total cost when they make online reservations.  

https://www.lazyotteroutfitters.com/

September ET Events

 

Henderson County R-TAC Meeting

Sept 14, 2022 @ 10:00am – 12:00pm


Open to the public. Meeting in the King Street Meeting Room

https://www.hendersoncountync.gov/bc-rtac

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Rhythm & Brews
Sept 15, 2022 @ 5:30pm – 9:30pm

Unspoken Tradition (Bluegrass) with Greybirds (classic-style rock) 


Rhythm & Brews Concert Series, downtown Hendersonville, NC, brings together live music, local craft beverages, and the community! These FREE shows take place on the third Thursday of every month from May-September, closing part of South Main Street to make room for all the fun. Local food trucks will line the street cooking delicious eats from kettle corn to pizza to barbecue. Each show begins with an opener at 5:30 p.m. followed by the headlining performance from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Doors open at 5:15 p.m.  Friends of Ecusta Trail will have an information booth across the street from the Visitor's Center, giving away bumper stickers and selling Ecusta Trail t-shirts. Stop by and say hello!
https://www.hendersonvillenc.gov/events/rhythm-brews-concert-series

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Brevard Ecusta Trail Advisory Board Meeting
Sept 28, 2022 @ 3:30pm – 5:30pm


Open to the public. Double-check with city for cancellations or rescheduling.

Trailing Thoughts

The Rails to Trails Conservancy provides a place where trail riders can share stories and tales about their rides at a site called, "Make Your #TrailMoment".  You'll find a variety of pictures and experiences of trail advocates from across the United States encountering unique sites and riders on our Nation's trails.

FOET NEWSLETTER CONTRIBUTORS: Bernard Grauer, Lynn Huffman, Tom Keating, RJ Miner, Matt Revis and Cindy Ruzak.

August 2022

Trailblazer

Wes Dickson - Sycamore Cycles

By Thomas Keating

As Wes Dickson, owner of Sycamore Cycles (an Ecusta Trail partner), talks about his passion for cycling, his background illustrates the promise of deep personal and community connections that the Ecusta Trail will bring to the Western North Carolina (WNC) region.  The Transylvania County native recalls, as a youngster, his dad introducing him to mountain biking and how that shared time together not only forged a stronger bond with his father but a lifelong connection to the outdoors and the world of cycling.  “These early experiences with my dad fostered my passion for biking, my cycling business and also my strong connection to activities outside. My family and I are lucky to call Brevard our home and to have the opportunity to help residents of WNC be active, healthy and enjoy our great mountain outdoors.”

Wes envisions the Ecusta Trail as an impetus for developing not only personal connections but the development of strong community connections as well.  He knows of what he speaks.  Being raised near the Penrose community, Wes remembers the Little River stop on the formerly active Ecusta Paper Rail Line.  While Brevard is his current home, he has lived in Etowah and one of his cycle shops is located on Locust Street in Hendersonville.  This unique perspective of possessing living and working experiences in both the Brevard and Hendersonville trailheads of the Ecusta Trail provides Wes a unique and deep understanding of the project's potential. “You know, much of the Highway 64 corridor will be energized by the Ecusta Trail. Certainly, Brevard and Hendersonville will experience positive business opportunities, but so will Penrose, Etowah, Horse Shoe, Laurel Park and other smaller communities that adjoin the trail.”  He adds, “I think many communities will see gradual investment in positive commercial and business development.”  For example, Wes has added Crank Coffee and Fuel as a service to his cycling business which provides a convenient place for bikers to get a good cup of coffee or beverage before heading out on their biking adventures.

In addition to the Hendersonville shop location, Wes operates his Brevard area cycle shop in Pisgah Forest on New Hendersonville Highway.  “We are fortunate to have well developed trails in the Pisgah National Forest for mountain biking enthusiasts, but trails in the DuPont State Forest are a bit easier and provide a great opportunity for the novice or recreational biker.”  He adds, “these trails, among others, have begun to showcase Western North Carolina as a destination for cyclists of all skill levels.”  Regarding the development of the Ecusta Trail, Wes opines, “aside from the mandated safety requirements, I'd like to see water filling stations, some type of restrooms, tool caddies, and, most importantly, shade-filled places for families to enjoy a lunch while taking a break from trail riding.  They're making steady progress on the trail and I'm glad to see it happen.”

Learn more about Sycamore Cycles by visiting their website below

Henderson County Rail-Trail

Advisory Committee

By Cindy Ruzak

After Chair Chuck McGrady called the meeting to order, reports were given by representatives from Conserving Carolina and Friends of the Ecusta Trail (FOET). Rebekah Robinson, assistant Director of Programs for Conserving Carolina, expressed that they are continuing to work with FOET in fundraising efforts; a statement confirmed in Mark Tooley’s comments as the FOET representative. Rebekah announced that the drafting error that held up state funding for the trail has been resolved, and signed off on by the Governor, so no construction of a dam will be required and all funds will now go toward the Trail. Mark, expressing pleasure that the error had been successfully resolved, also formally thanked the Rhythm & Blues volunteers.

 

Marcus Jones, Henderson County Engineer, expects construction to begin by next year. The 30% design approval should be accomplished by next month, and he is working on the scope and fee for the second stage to get from the 30% to the 60% submittal, which is then followed by the final construction committal. With costs of numerous components up, he predicts changes to estimates are likely, and may remain fluid until final commitments. This design stage will incorporate consideration for wetlands, parcel encroachments, and creek erosion so that the 12-14 ft. wide plan for the trail can be accomplished.

 

Chuck verified with Marcus that the design will return to the Advisory Committee for input prior to the County Board consideration. Chris Burns encapsulated several peoples’ comments that all these variables on design and cost of options will relate to what is needed to be done in fundraising. Marcus recommended building as good a design as possible within realistic costs.


The second topic concerned trail user group issues. Chris Todd, Henderson County Director of Business and Community Development, researched the existing County ordinance regarding traffic and stated that a clarification regarding e-bikes is needed. The current ordinance does not allow operation of motorized vehicles in a public park, which the Ecusta Trail will fall under in definition, but it needs to be codified to specifically include the Trail.  In that regard he, and the attorney who writes the new verbiage for the ordinance, will focus on speed, trail etiquette and desired culture, and other use impacts versus listing exact types of vehicles that are or are not permitted. That way the ordinance would not need to be re-codified each time a new method of transportation is invented, and would allow Parks & Recreation to potentially administer enforcement, or by the Sheriff under an existing class 3 misdemeanor.

 

Chris Burns recommended that it is preferable to have more than one person involved in such an interpretation and suggested the verbiage come before the Advisory Council before going to the County Commission.  Chris Todd confirmed that it would. Ken Shelton further suggested that it be presented to the Ecusta Trail Board for input since their annual meeting is coming up soon. Several persons discussed the necessity of coordinating these ordinance changes and enforcement issues with other communities along the Trail to achieve consistency.

 

Comments from the public concerning this issue included one from Mark Tooley that Brevard has plans in place to police the trail, and he brought up the idea of removing the rails along the Trail from roads so that buses would no longer have to stop at crossings. Cindy Ruzak suggested that the parameters of noise and environmental pollution or odors be added to the consideration of impact to be expressed in the verbiage.

Brevard/Transylvania County

Ecusta Trail Advisory Board

By Matt Revis

A litany of considerable progress toward realization of the Ecusta Trail dominated this meeting. Mayor Maureen Copelof brought the group to order in Brevard City Council Chambers and her words were soon followed by many positive reports from attending Committee members.

 

Almost all warning signs have been posted on the Transylvania section of the trail. The US Department of Transportation (US DOT) will issue an official response to the Brevard/Transylvania proposal for a substantial 2022 RAISE grant on August 12, 2022. (RAISE is the acronym for Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity. These discretionary grants bring opportunities for the US Department of Transportation to invest in unique road, rail, transit, and port projects.) In addition, a NC DOT planning grant is in process and the hope is for direct planning work to begin October 1, 2022.

 

The local Blue Zones Project is working toward earning certification from the national organization with a deadline approaching on November 1, 2022. Blue Zone Projects seek to transform communities through efforts that support residents to live longer, healthier, happier lives. As an example, Billy Parrish from Brevard’s Blue Zone Project shared the “Watch For Me” program that promotes cyclist and pedestrian safety.

Chuck McGrady brought news from the Henderson side of the Trail. Review of Henderson County Park ordinances will soon result in recommendations for rules to govern citizen use of the Ecusta Trail, especially about wheeled vehicles. Coordinating rules across the two counties is necessary. In addition, a financial update of estimates for cost of Trail construction will help in further planning and account for recent inflationary pressure. McGrady encouraged the prioritization of local contractors, especially those with trail-building experience, for Trail construction. This notion was supported with enthusiasm by Advisory Council responses. Mayor Copelof thanked McGrady for his assistance with political contacts, including our NC Senators and the Governor’s Office, as support for the Ecusta Trail is sought from governmental agencies. Discussion followed on the allocation of sales tax revenue resulting from transportation-based businesses using new State dollars for building and maintenance of roads and bridges.

 

Open communication among all stakeholders was a common theme of the meeting. A series of two letters have been sent to folks who own land adjoining the trail. This communication included some basic Trail information plus an invitation to a “landowners” meeting to be held August 9, 2022, at 5:30 PM in the Rogow Family Community Room of the Transylvania Public Library (828-884-3151, 212 Gaston St, Brevard). Mayor Copelof emphasized that open communication to accept feedback, answer questions, and dispel misconceptions is vital. Several Committee members emphasized the need for frequent communication among all the agencies and constituents involved to make the best decisions for everyone in the community. With that in mind, soon a broad invitation will be issued to all interested residents for a public meeting to continue this community conversation.

 

The next meeting to the Brevard/Transylvania Advisory Committee is scheduled for August 31, 2022, at 3:30 PM in Brevard City Council Chambers. Open to the public. Meeting in Brevard City Council Chambers. Double-check with city for cancellations or rescheduling.

Saluda Grade Trail

a Possibility

Conserving Carolina, along with other non-profit partners, is in negotiations to purchase the rail line that runs from Inman, SC to Zirconia. The South Carolina Legislature recently appropriated $5 million to support the purchase of the corridor. If successful, the Saluda Grade Trail would include 16 miles in South Carolina and about 15 miles in North Carolina. While this corridor has not been acquired yet for use as a rail-trail, the possibilities for more bike-ped connectivity are exciting.

August Trail Events

Lazy Otter Outfitters $1 Checkout Donation
Aug 1-31, 2022


Lazy Otter is asking customers to pitch in $1 all summer, and they will match donations up to $500 at the end of the season in October. Paddlers can simply click a button to add the dollar to their total cost when they make online reservations.  
https://www.lazyotteroutfitters.com/

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Henderson County R-TAC Meeting

Aug 10, 2022 @ 10:00am – 12:00pm


Open to the public. Meeting in the King Street Meeting Room

https://www.hendersoncountync.gov/bc-rtac

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Rhythm & Brews
Aug 18, 2022 @ 5:30pm – 9:30pm

Alexa Rose (Americana/folk) with Aaron Burdett (singer-songwriter) 


Rhythm & Brews Concert Series, downtown Hendersonville, NC, brings together live music, local craft beverages, and the community! These FREE shows take place on the third Thursday of every month from May-September, closing part of South Main Street to make room for all the fun. Local food trucks will line the street cooking delicious eats from kettle corn to pizza to barbecue. Each show begins with an opener at 5:30 p.m. followed by the headlining performance from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Doors open at 5:15 p.m.  Friends of Ecusta Trail will have an information booth across the street from the Visitor's Center, giving away bumper stickers and selling Ecusta Trail t-shirts. Stop by and say hello!
https://www.hendersonvillenc.gov/events/rhythm-brews-concert-series

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Brevard Ecusta Trail Advisory Board Meeting
Aug 24, 2022 @ 3:30pm – 5:30pm


Open to the public. Double-check with city for cancellations or rescheduling.

Walk Hendo

Your Ideas and Input are Wanted
The City of Hendersonville is seeking community input to develop the planning document that would create a more pedestrian-friendly and walkable City for all. Your input will be used to envision and build a pedestrian plan for Hendersonville and, once reviewed, will be used to develop policies, determine how projects are constructed and guide the creation of future pedestrian-oriented programs and events.  Anyone can share their thoughts about walking and moving throughout our City in an online survey to collect comments and opinions that will run throughout the month of August and is being led by Asheville-based transportation consulting firm, Traffic Planning & Design. The Walk Hendo project was made possible with a grant from the North Carolina Department of Transportation and a financial match from the Blue Ridge Bicycle Club.

Trailing Thoughts

By Lynn Huffman

Friends of Ecusta Trail extends a special thank you to Lorraine Nash for volunteering her extensive skills and considerable time in editing this newsletter since its inception in March of this year. Trail Talk would not have become a reality without her guidance and perseverance. Thank you, Lorraine.

FOET NEWSLETTER CONTRIBUTORS: Bernard Grauer, Lynn Huffman, Tom Keating, RJ Miner, Matt Revis and Cindy Ruzak.