Come To Our House For Halloween

Happy Haw-lloween

The holidays are quickly upon us. We thought it would be an good idea to help the Haw Creek community out by providing a list of homes that are welcoming Trick-or-Treators for Halloween on October 31st.

This is our second year doing this. Last year was a big success with over 25 homes participating.

If you would like to let us know if you are welcoming trick-or-treators, email us HERE and we will add you to the list. GO TO our calendar page HERE. to see the list of homes to visit for Halloween.

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Board Members Needed

GET ON BOARD!!!

The Haw Creek Community Association is vital to our neighborhood; not only for our social events and newsletter, but letting the city know the feelings of our community regarding issues that affect Haw Creek. At our Annual Meeting on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 we will be voting for six new board members.

Per our By-Laws, the membership votes on board members at the annual meeting, then the board votes on officers. Next year the board will be voting for President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer.

What is involved with being a board member?

  1. Be a member in good standing of the HCCA with annual dues paid.
  2. Attend monthly board meetings, which are approximately 1.5 hours in duration. Some month’s meeting may be shorter if combined with a social event. Be accessible for personal contact in between board meetings.
  3. Attend Association sponsored events.
  4. Be willing to serve on a committee or take on an assignment if needed.
  5. Take responsibility for self-education on the major issues before the board.
  6. Act as an ambassador for HCCA by helping to communicate the mission of our organization with neighbors and Haw Creek organizations through the Association’s various communications and at social events.

Next year will be a challenging year; the community will be working on Haw Creek Comprehensive Plan to be submitted to the city. This Plan will be the community’s vision for Haw Creek in five, ten, fifteen years.

If you are interested in being on the board and contributing to make Haw Creek a great place to live then please email us HERE.

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‘Move Haw Creek’ Safety Campaign Gets Underway

Mayor Esther Manheimer, on October 9th, joined by future-Councilman Vijay Kapoor, met with 120 Haw Creek residents in Evergreen Charter School to discuss safe walking and biking in Haw Creek. Also present were Anna Henderson and Troy Wilson of the N.C. Dept. of Transportation.

The mayor reported about bond referendum scheduled improvements–a sidewalk on New Haw Creek from Beverly to Bell Rds–scheduled for a 2019/2020 time frame. While certainly a needed and welcome improvement, many residents spoke up about the need for a more comprehensive approach to pedestrian and bike safety in the Haw Creek valley.

This desire for a more holistic approach to the safety needs of our growing community has evolved into the ‘Move Haw Creek’ campaign. In two follow up meetings since the mayor’s meeting, Haw Creek community members have identified and prioritized four community values they would like incorporated into any proposed improvements.

In order of priority, the four community values to be addressed in any improvements ought to be:

  1. Safety
  2. Connectivity
  3. Recreation/Wellness
  4. Sustainability

Next, Move Haw Creek volunteers identified five potential improvements that may improve pedestrian and bike safety in the Haw Creek valley. Small groups–including any interested resident–will be evaluating these five ideas for feasibility.

The five ideas to be evaluated for improving pedestrian and bike safety in the Haw Creek valley are:

  1. Widening New Haw Creek and Old Haw Creek Roads (to create a dedicated space for bike lanes and/or sidewalks)
  2. Greenway in the Haw Creek creek floodplain (to create a dedicated off road space for walking and biking)
  3. Make one-way portions of New Haw Creek and Old Haw Creek roads (to free up a lane as a dedicated safe space for walking and biking)
  4. Additional sidewalks (create additional dedicated safe space for walking)
  5. Increase traffic calming (to slow traffic thereby making walking and biking safer)

As the evaluation of these ideas is just getting underway, any interested Haw Creek resident is welcome to participate. Please email us at Movehawcreek@gmail.com to indicate your interest.

After evaluating for feasibility, we are hopeful of having a community discussion in 2018 about which options may or may not work for our community.

Thank you,

Brendan Beers, Thomas Wolfe and Chris Pelly

Follow Up To The Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Meeting

Minutes from Haw Creek Community Mtg 10/9/17 @ Evergreen Charter School
Attendance: About 120 people

From the City of Asheville:
Mayor Esther Manheimer
Transportation Dept. Director Ken Putnam
Asst. City Manager Cathy Ball
Asst. City Manager for Capital Projects Jade Dundas

From the N.C. Dept of Transportation:
Anna Henderson, Division Traffic Engineer
Troy Wilson, District Engineer

Audience comments, concerns, ideas & suggestions:

Comments:
— speed enforcement (multiple)
— almost hurt walking; “brush back by vehicles” (multiple)
— desire to walk safely to schools, library, parks, bus stops and pool (multiple)
— Waters Rd traffic calming stalled (multiple)
— roads have exceeded capacity, more development will only make worse
— traffic light or 4-way stop at Beverly & NHC intersection

Concerns:
— speeding, especially on Waters Rd, Cisco Rd, NHC & OHC Rds,
— traffic calming needed on Waters Rd, Swanger Rd
— repaving, especially Beverly and Cisco Rds

Ideas and suggestions:
— bike racks at schools
— camera speed traps
— widen NHC and OHC roads for bike lanes
— walking paths in backyard flood plain above sewer lines along NHC Rd
— make NHC and OHC each one-way to free up space for bike lanes and sidewalks
— expand NHC 2-3’ on either side to create bike lane space
— expand sidewalks where most feasible and not necessarily continuous

New Haw Creek Sidewalk

If you are curious about the proposed sidewalk along New haw Creek Road from Beverly Road to Bell Road, Here is the link to the City of Asheville website that tells you where they are with the project. We can’t get you to the exact link for the snapshot below. You have to follow these steps.
Asheville.gov
Click on city projects
Click on Bond Project Information
Click Dashboard for CIP under Projects
Put in 28805 Zipcode search

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Walking And Bicycling In Haw Creek – Community Meeting

You’ve seen it: The moms with strollers, or the joggers, or the kids, or the bike riders, all straddling the edge of New or Old Haw Creek Road. It gives you a shiver knowing how easily things could go deadly wrong.

It doesn’t have to be this way. We can make it safer to move about in our community. Haw Creek residents have come together before to improve things and we can do it again.

Plan to join us 7pm Monday, October 9th when we welcome Esther Manheimer, Mayor of Asheville, and Anna Henderson, Division Traffic Engineer for the N.C. Dept. of Transportation, to discuss how to make our community safer for walking and biking. The meeting will take place in Evergreen Charter School at 50 Bell Road.

Have questions or need more information please contact:
Thomas Wolfe (828) 712-6062 or twolfe3@gmail.com
Chris Pelly (828) 231-3704 or chris@chrispelly.com
members, Haw Creek Community Association hawcreeknc@gmail.com

Business Sponsor’s Computer Course Was A Big Success

One of our business sponsors, Asheville Digital Lifestyle held a computer learning course in Haw Creek. We had 30 attendees. It was a very successful program. We would love your comments on this course and if you would be interested in more courses like this. You can email us HERE.

If you would like to be a business sponsor and put on a program please contact us at info@ilovehawcreek.com. 

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Let’s Make Haw Creek Safe for Walking And Bike Riders

By Chris Pelly

You’ve seen it: The moms with strollers, or the joggers, or the kids, or the bike riders, all straddling the edge of New or Old Haw Creek Road. It gives you a shiver knowing how easily things could go deadly wrong.

It doesn’t have to be this way. We can make it safer to move about in our community. Haw Creek residents have come together before to improve things and we can do it again.

Plan to join us 7pm Monday, October 9th when we welcome Esther Manheimer, Mayor of Asheville, and Anna Henderson, Division Traffic Engineer for the N.C. Dept. of Transportation, to discuss how to make our community safer for walking and biking. The meeting will take place in Evergreen Charter School at 50 Bell Road.

Have questions or need more information please contact:
Thomas Wolfe (828) 712-6062 or twolfe3@gmail.com
Chris Pelly (828) 231-3704 or chris@chrispelly.com
Members, Haw Creek Community Association hawcreeknc@gmail.com

Fall Foliage Prediction Map

The 2017 Fall Foliage Map is the ultimate visual planning guide to the annual progressive changing of the leaves. While no tool can be 100% accurate, this tool is meant to help travelers better time their trips to have the best opportunity of catching peak color each year.

Click on the photo below and you will be redirected to the smokeymountains.com interactive fall foliage prediction map.

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Safely Walking and Biking – Guidelines For Walking, Biking, and Driving

In all 50 states, bicyclists are accorded the same rights and are expected to obey the same laws as drivers of motor vehicles. Bicyclists fare best when they ride predictably and follow the rules of the road.

The following suggestions are offered from a positive desire to help all to “share the road”.

  • Always leave at least 3 feet between the right side of your vehicle and a bicyclist when passing.
  • Always make sure it is safe ahead before passing a bicyclist. No passing should be attempted on blind curves and near the crest of a hill.
  • Reduce your speed when passing a bicyclist, especially if the roadway is narrow.
  • Be aware that when a road is too narrow for cars and bikes to ride safely side-by-side, it is safest for the bicyclist to take the travel lane, which means riding in or near the center of the lane. This is allowed in the laws of all 50 states.
  • Do not honk your horn when approaching bicyclists as this can startle them and cause them to loose control of their bicycle.
  • In inclement weather, give bicyclists extra room, as you would other motorists.
  • Always yield to a bicycle when you are turning from or entering a main roadway on which they are traveling.
  • Look for approaching situations and obstacles that may be hazardous to bicyclists, such as potholes, debris, and glass, and then give them adequate space to maneuver.
  • Look for bicyclists before opening your car door on the traffic side when parallel parked.
  • Most bicyclists do not receive training in proper riding behaviors. Some ride inappropriately and cannot decide whether they should ride in the street or on the sidewalk. Children on bicycles often act unpredictably: Expect the unexpected in these cases.

Tips on Bicycling Safety. Cyclists fare best when they act as and are treated as drivers of vehicles.

Wear a helmet

  • Obey the traffic laws – stop at stop signs, obey traffic lights, rideon the right side of the road.
  • Be visible – wear bright colored clothing, use lights at night, rideon the road – 1 to 3 feet to the left of the curb or road edge.
  • Be predictable – use hand signals, attempt to get motor vehicle drivers’ attention when making lane changes or turning.

Tips on Pedestrian Safety

  • Walk facing traffic – on the left side of the street
  • Cross the street at intersections
  • Walk, don’t run when crossing a street
  • Walk in a straight, predictable line when crossing a street not atan angle
  • When walking at night, use a flashlight and/or wear bright,reflective clothing
  • Look left, right then left before crossing the street
  • Hold children’s hands when crossing a street. Practice safecrossing with children – ask them to tell you when it is safe to cross the street

Common Bicyclist Errors

Unfortunately, not everyone who rides a bike understands or obeys the rules of the road. The following are some of the common errors you may encounter as a motorist.

  • Wrong way riding. Bicyclists riding on the left (wrong) side of the road, facing traffic, cause 14 percent of all car/bike crashes. Look both ways before turning to avoid these crashes.
  • Mid-block ride-outs. This is the most frequent crash type for young riders and occurs when the bicyclist enters the roadway from a driveway, alley, or curb without slowing, stopping or looking for traffic.
  • Bicyclist failure to yield when changing lanes (11 percent of car/bike collisions occur when the bicyclist fails to look before changing a lane or dodges a hazard in the roadway without signaling.
  • Bicyclist failure to yield to crossing traffic (9 percent of car/bike collisions occur when the bicyclist fails to stop at a stop sign or traffic light and enters the main road without first stopping and determining it is safe to do so. Some times bicyclist fail to stop because a triggered light will not change for them. They still need to stop and yield before entering the road.

Stay Safe!

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