Slow Down Asheville – Pedestrian Safety Campaign
**Update (1/27/2017): Our office has been in contact with the City of Asheville and the NC DOT about planned for improvements to the intersection of Patton Ave & Leicester Hwy, and they have received our Moveon.org petition, with almost 300 signatures. The DOT responded most recently that they are planning improvements to both the traffic flow and pedestrian crossing problems with this intersection. The current plan, if approved, will use federal funding and is slated for Improvements in 2022 at the earliest. We’ve asked the DOT if there is anything we can do to help expedite the process, because we believe the intersection creates a needless danger to pedestrians. If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us and we will pass your info along to the appropriate representatives with the city and the DOT. **
Attorney Lakota R. Denton, NC Farm Bureau, and Fast Signs of Asheville present SLOW DOWN ASHEVILLE, a public safety campaign that aims to reduce pedestrian accidents in Asheville by reminding people to drive with appropriate caution on city streets. Asheville, NC leads the state, per capita, in pedestrian related accidents, according to a recent study by the NC DOT. “As a city experiencing rapid growth that prides itself on being family and community friendly, we feel that we have a responsibility to help shape that growth in a way that reflects care and advocacy for those most vulnerable,” says Attorney Lakota Denton.
As parents of young children and residents of Asheville’s congested neighborhoods, our law firm knows all too well the importance of promoting safe driving behavior. We’ve partnered with local businesses to produce the yellow yard signs that are popping up all over town. With the help of our community partner network, we are distributing these FREE yard signs to residents of Asheville who wish to send a message to drivers in their neighborhood.
Get Involved: Sign our change.org petition to add a crosswalk to one of Asheville’s most dangerous intersections
Attorney Lakota Denton says, “As Asheville grows and experiences higher traffic volume, drivers are finding backroads and shortcuts to save time. Many of these shortcuts are narrow residential roads with on-street parking, and less than ideal visibility. Drivers not paying attention to their surroundings or posted speed limits are creating a real safety hazard. As a personal injury attorney in Asheville, I handle a large number of pedestrian related accidents and unfortunately, fatalities resulting from accidents involving autos and pedestrians. I feel that as Asheville grows, there needs to be an increased sense of awareness and importance about pubic safety, and we’re trying to do what we can to support the sentiment. Based on the response to this campaign, it would seem others in the community strongly agree“.
We’d like to thank our community partners for helping to support this campaign:
Brother Wolf Animal Rescue – 31 Glendale Ave. Asheville, NC 28803
Biscuit Head – 417 Biltmore Ave 4F Asheville, NC 28801
Edna’s of Asheville – 870 Merrimon Ave. Asheville, NC 28801
Odyssey Community School – 90 Zillicoa St, Asheville, NC 28801
The Hop Ice Cream Cafe – 640 Merrimon Ave #103, Asheville, NC 28804
Biscuit Head – 733 Haywood Rd. Asheville, NC 28806
Edna’s At The River – 219 Amboy Rd. Asheville, NC 28806
The Hop Ice Cream Cafe – 721 Haywood Rd. Asheville, NC 28806