A Master Plan That Lives Up To Its Name

Their World: Banner Elk, Avery County

How They Shaped It: When you consider the active lifestyles led by residents of Banner Elk, you'd expect their community to be rife with walking paths, greenways and bike lanes. But until recently, these amenities were all but absent from the community. By working with the city and state agencies, Banner Elk residents sought to adjust restrictive state policy barriers to increase opportunities for active transportation and improve connectivity throughout the community. As a result, more sidewalks, greenways and bicycle facilities have been included in their Pedestrian Master Plan.

Their Successes:

  • Secured NC DOT planning grant to develop a comprehensive plan for pathways and greenways
  • Formed a steering committee to address barriers, pursue funding opportunities and inspire action
  • Rallied support and feedback from the community to ensure the Plan's success

Learn More: Visit The Town of Banner Elk to learn about this and other projects in Banner Elk and find ways to get involved.