Participants needed for Bike Fashion Show!

Calling all fashionistas! We are still seeking individuals to ride the runway for the Bike Fashion Show on Friday May 12th, part of this year’s annual Oaks and Spokes Bicycle Festival.

In the public eye, cycling is associated with tight, garish Lycra clothing. While such kit has its place on sporty club rides, savvy urban cyclists know it is entirely possible to look good both on and off the bike. This event will showcase fashion forward looks for the everyday cyclist, demonstrating one can be comfortable on the ride and stylish at the destination.

Entrants for this show will model an outfit of their choice that they feel best exhibits the qualities of comfort, style, and utility while on a bike.  Typical fashion shows are showcases for designers, but this show will place the emphasis on the rider, as ordinary folks show off their favorite city cycling garb. As well as individuals, we invite couples who wish to model together, and parents with children who want to show how they get around town as a family.

Interested? Please sign up here! Still have questions? Email ken@oaksandspokes.com for more details. And finally, check out the Bike Fashion Show event page on Facebook for more information and to RSVP.

Busy week for cycling enthusiasts

The weather is beautiful, and there’s something fun nearly every day this week for those looking to get outside and get on their bikes! Here’s a select list of events we think you’ll enjoy.

Monday, April 17th we’re partnering with the NC Composting Council for Sustainable Spirits to showcase two transportation related projects: the art installation Particle Falls and a Linear Cycle Track Project. This event is a casual monthly gathering for the sustainability community organized by the NCCC and other environmentally conscious organizations.

Tuesday, April 18th, Salsa Cycles is holding a FREE bike demo at Lake Crabtree County Park. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to try one of their awesome products before you buy.

Wednesday, April 19th,  join Raleigh Bike Polo for their monthly WTF (women/trans/femme) Night. This is an event that strives to create a positive space for women (trans & cis-gendered) and gender non-binary folk who are interested in learning what bike polo is about.

This month’s Third Thursday Cruiser by Oak City Cycling Project is going to be extra special. Join us and OCCP on Thursday, April 20th at 7pm as we celebrate the life of our dear departed friend Carl Barnett with happy anecdotes, a bike ride, and a silent auction to benefit the Historic Mordecai Park.

Saturday the 22nd is Earth Day! Celebrate your mother with Botany by Bicycle, a collaboration between Extra Terrestrial Projects, Clean Air Carolina, and the East Coast Greenway Alliance. Explore the spring plants of the Walnut and Crabtree Creek Trails on an 18 mile ride, followed by drinks and a viewing of the Particle Falls exhibit downtown.

Get your miles in for a good cause at the annual Ride for Choice in Carrboro on Sunday, April 23rd. Two ride lengths are offered (24 or 54 miles) through the rolling hills of outer Carrboro, followed by beers and brats at the Looking Glass Cafe.

Round off your full week of bike-eventing with the Liv Women’s Fix-a-Flat Clinic at the Ridgewood All-Star Bike Shop on Monday, April 24th. Get hands on, step-by-step instruction on how to change a flat tire and remove/reinstall a front and rear wheel. All levels, riding styles and experience encouraged to attend!

Monday the 24th is also the (new) deadline for artist submissions for our Raleigh Bikes Art Show, the kick-off event for this year’s annual  Oaks & Spokes Bicycle Festival.  Send your submissions to bikeart@oaksandspokes.com to be considered.  Don’t forget to check out the line-up for the rest of our awesome festival events while you’re at it!

Happy riding!

2017 Oaks & Spokes Festival Event Line Up

Festival time is nearly upon us! Check out our event line-up and mark your calendars for your favorites. We’ve got a couple of brand new events this year that we’re really excited about–we hope to see you there!

The festival kicks off on the morning of  Friday, May 5th with the Capital City Ride, a short bike ride where you can mingle with your local government officials and City of Raleigh employees.  After meeting at the Dorothea Dix Soccer Park, the ride will travel along low-stress streets and greenways and finish at the State Capitol Building where light refreshments will be served.

Later that evening, join us for the First Friday premiere of this year’s Raleigh Bikes Art Show at Morning Times, where local cycling enthusiasts will display bike related art, including paintings, photos, sculpture, sketches, prints, and crafts. Many of the works on display will also be available for purchase.  Come out and see the show on it’s own, or as part of the First Friday Gallery Tour hosted by Crank Arm Brewing. The works will be on display throughout the month of May. We’ll be accepting submissions for the show until April 17th, so if you would like to be featured please email a high res photo and the details of your work to bikeart@oaksandspokes.com.

On Saturday, May 6th, Marbles Kids Museum will be hosting it’s annual Bike Rodeo, in partnership with the RPD Bike Patrol. This is a fun, family friendly event where kids can learn or practice bike skills and safety.  Stop by for a variety of activities and bike themed fun, including safety demonstrations, five-point maintenance checks and helmet fittings, three-part communication cycling track, healthy snack stations, Bike Bling, a children’s bike swap, and more!

That same afternoon we will be partnering with Bike MS and Team On Draft for a celebratory event to kick off Bike Month: the Bike MS Picnic & Ride! This NEW EVENT will feature a 25 mile greenway ride with Team On Draft, as well as an 8 mile Grocery Grab Tour lead by two of our very own board members.  Both routes will begin and end in Anderson Point Park and will be followed by a group picnic!

Sunday, May 7th, we are proud to usher in another brand new event: 7 Murals + 7 Stories! Join us for a slow afternoon ride between seven of Raleigh’s amazing murals, starting at the Cardinal Bar. The ride at will end at King’s Barcade for 7 Stories, a monthly story-telling event where seven individuals each tell a story based on a central theme.  There will also be the opportunity to view some pieces from the Raleigh Bikes Art Show that were too large for the original venue.

The next week of the festival starts off with a fan favorite, the annual Bike-In Movie on Monday, May 8th at Mission Valley Cinema. This year’s cinematic offering is Wadjda, the story of a 10-year-old Saudi Arabian girl who challenges deep-rooted Saudi traditions in a determined quest to buy a bicycle. Concessions will be available through Mission Valley, in addition to bike-powered smoothies, and beer from our event sponsor Trophy Brewing!

On Tuesday, May 9th, join us for the City Market Ride, a casual cruise around the outskirts of downtown Raleigh followed by pizza and socializing at Vic’s Restaurant & Pizzeria. This event is sure to be a nostalgic one for many, as it is being organized by one of the original members of the Benelux Cafe Cycling Club!

Get ready to Light Up the Night with Crank Arm Brewing! On Wednesday, May 10th we’re putting a fun twist on this weekly social ride. Bedeck your bike in twinkling finery and join us for a short ride around downtown to show off your style. Be as garrish and creative as you like–the crazier the better! Afterward we’ll wind down back at Crank Arm with refreshments and local brews, and a bike light giveaway courtesy of the City of Raleigh.

Thursday, May 11th brings the chance to try something new with the Raleigh Bike Polo Rookie Invite Night at Tarboro Road Community Center.  Riders of all ages and skill levels are welcome to test their boundaries and learn about the exciting, fast-paced game that is bike polo. There will be mixed level matches, mini-games, music, and of course: BBQ!

Rounding out the weekday events is another brand new event on Friday, May 12th. We’re excited to present to you: our Bike Fashion Show! Forget about stretchy Lycra, and come out to Dorothea Dix Campus to watch fabulous local cyclists model their most fashion-forward yet practical outfits for cycling to work, the park, the store, or to a night out on the town. Singles, couples, and families will show off styles from their own closets, while local merchants and designers will model their bike-friendly wares and designs. Want to ride the runway? Have a design you want featured? Sign up here to get involved in the show!

The second festival weekend brings another traditional event, the Raleigh Cat! This year’s race on Saturday, May 13th starts at the Spring Hill Cyclocross Track on Dorothea Dix Campus, and will be a more traditional style alley cat involving addresses and carrying items. Race for fun — or for glory — the choice is yours! All ages and skill levels are going to have a good time regardless; the race is only as serious as you make it. The finish line will be at Drink Drank Drunk with prizes and an after party to follow.

To close out our festival, join us Sunday, May 14th, for a special Mother’s Day event known as the CycloFemme Ride! CycloFemme is a nationally recognized movement bringing together woman cyclists of all skill levels for a ride of celebration. What better way to celebrate the women in your life on Mother’s Day?! Bring your mother, daughter, sister, aunt, friend, co-worker, whomever! This ride will be about 8 miles and will be “No Drop” meaning no rider will be left behind. Join us afterwards for a picnic in the park!

*All our events are family friendly and suitable for all ages and abilities. While they are bike themed, many of the events do not require participants to bring or ride a bike. Events that do involve riding a bike are “ride at your own risk” and wearing helmets is strongly suggested.*

Get excited–Festival time is near!

This year’s Oaks and Spokes Bicycle Festival will take place Friday, May 5th through Sunday, May 14th. We proudly present to you: the 2017 Oaks and Spokes Bicycle Festival official poster! Many thanks to one of our new Board Members, Athena Wollin, for it’s creation.

Event descriptions and individual Facebook event pages will be available by the end of the week, so stay tuned!

 

Help plan a Bike to School Day event for a school near you!

Registration is now open for National Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 10.  Students, educators, families, community partners, and elected officials are invited to register your event and find resources on planning.

Locally, Jennifer Delcourt with Active Routes to School Region 5 is also gearing up for the Race for Registration. Visit her website for details. Check out AHA’s Safe Routes to School in Wake County Toolkit for information on starting and maintaining walking and biking programs as well so that students are active all year long getting to and from school.

The National Center for Safe Routes to School is teaming up with Schwinn to host the Schwinn Bike to School Day Bike Share Giveaway. Ten lucky schools that register their Bike to School Day events on www.walkbiketoschool.org will be selected to win 10 Schwinn SmartStart bikes and 20 Schwinn helmets. Drawings begin on April 19.  More information here.

The City of Raleigh is also once again providing Bike to Work Day pit-stops around the area, to encourage local commuters to swap four wheels for two on Friday, May 19th. We’ll keep you updated on the locations of designated pit-stops as the information becomes available.