2017 Cranksgiving is this Sunday!

It’s time to finalize your strategy, round up your team, and get your bike ready for a good ol’ fashioned self-powered, two-wheeled food drive bike ride!

Last year, we hauled in over 2,300 pounds of food with the collective effort of more than 120 cyclists. Let’s get out there this year and benefit the Raleigh Rescue Mission once again! Registration begins at 1pm.

Date: Sunday, November 19th
Location: Crank Arm Brewing (319 W Davie St)
Time: 1pm-5pm
Bring: A bike lock, bags/panniers, money for food ($15-20), and your friends!

This year, we have several prize categories to participate in and we’re featuring mini-missions! The Pedal Pusher category  will have its own circuit that is required to complete in order to qualify for the prize of a Surly 24-pack rack and porteur house bag. Otherwise, it is up to you which routes you take and which locations you visit. (Please note that teams are limited to 5 individuals per team in order to qualify for team prizes.)

Before the ride, the Trek Bicycle Raleigh Holly Park crew will be doing bike checks to assure you’re ready to roll!

Cranksgiving 2017 Categories
Cranksgiving 2017: Mission #1
Cranksgiving 2017: Mission #2
Cranksgiving 2017: Mission #3

Check out our event page to see more about the event details, prizes, and participant curiosities.

Thank you for riding your bike!

RDU Forest celebrates a step forward

This past weekend, RDU Forest advocates celebrated the RDU Airport Authority’s recent announcement to work with Wake County to expand Lake Crabtree County Park and to reconsider the future of the Odd Fellows tract, preserving its significant contribution to outdoor recreation and quality of life in our growing region. We reached out to RDU Forest for comment, and Rex Schaberg was kind enough to draft the following article.

The Odd Fellows tract (a roughly 105 acre tract designated as “Tract 1″ in the recent RDU Airport Authority RFP which solicited bids for non-aviation land-use) is in many ways a cornerstone for several important recreational and quality-of-life-initiatives here in the Triangle. The Airport has entertained an offer to lease the site for a new crushed aggregate quarry in the heart of Cary. It otherwise has no potential for commercial development (and will have even less if it is quarried into an enormous hole over the next 25 years), and it is unneeded for aviation. However, the land has considerable non-commercial value.

Resting on the shoulder of I-40, it offers a logical conduit to connect Triangle green-way and bike-commuter corridors. Without this parcel, such connectivity becomes problematic. It has long been a camping campus for area Boy Scouts, fostering values of self-reliance, community engagement and environmental stewardship. More recently, it has emerged as the most critical piece of property to address the need for a protected ride area for regional mountain bikers, as there are few approved ride sites within the Triangle, despite the explosive growth in popularity of the sport in recent years– the Odd Fellows tract offers some of the most advanced and sophisticated trail-terrain in the Triangle, and is therefore important and irreplaceable.

Additionally, the acceptance of a Conservation Fund offer to purchase this parcel (in order to subsequently donate it to Umstead State Park) from the Airport at a fair market value of $6.5 million would unlock an additional 150 acres of Umstead State Park, currently closed to mountain biking. These holdings, in combination with the existing Crabtree County Park, would constitute a unique urban recreational resource. The Airport Authority Board recently met and rejected both the aggregate quarry offer and the Conservation Fund purchase offer.

Either RFP offer could be reconsidered at any time at the sole discretion of the Airport Authority, subject to the approval of the Airport Board. Therefore the only real tangible effect of the rejection is to delay a decision about the fate of the Odd Fellows tract until a future date. It remains critically important that all the folks who want to see this tract protected for recreation communicate that need to their friends, local businesses, and the Airport Authority Board. The prudent course is for the Airport Authority to accept the Conservation Fund’s purchase offer, thus providing the Airport with immediate revenue, and ensuring the tract may ultimately be conveyed to Umstead State Park to provide decades of future recreational use.

In summation, the rejection of these offers By the RDU Board will allow us more time to find a win win solution, which will hopefully result in trail preservation. We need the community to be diligent in signing the petition and making their voices heard in opposing a future quarry. Business owners should consider offering their support as well. Please see www.rduforest.com for more details.

Cranksgiving is back!

We’re excited to get you excited about Raleigh’s 4th Annual Cranksgiving food drive bike ride. We’re once again partnering with Crank Arm Brewing to conduct our part bike ride, part scavenger hunt to benefit the Raleigh Rescue Mission.

Last year, over 120 of you came out to ride and we collectively brought in over 2,300 lbs of food! (Over a literal ton!) Cranksgiving is a great choose-your-own-adventure event all in the name of healthy bike riding fun to help our communities in need for the holiday season.

We will provide you a list of food and a map of stores for you to shop from, but it’s up to you how you choose to participate! Ride to one store or ride to them all, in a team or as a solo cyclist – we’ll be happy to have you come out and enjoy.

As part of our Cranksgiving celebration this year we will also be partnering with NC Vision Zero on their second annual World Day of Remembrance Exhibit. Each year, over 1,300 North Carolinians leave for a destination and never make it home. NC Vision Zero is a statewide program to change this – by preventing roadway deaths and injuries.

The remembrance exhibit will feature over 1,400 pairs of shoes on the State Capitol grounds, to represent the number of lives lost last year on our roads. Cranksgiving participants will have the option to visit the exhibit as part of the ride route.

Date: Sunday, November 19th
Location: Crank Arm Brewing (319 W Davie St)
Time: 1pm-5pm
Bring: A bike lock, bags/panniers, money for food ($15-20), and your friends!

1pm registration, 1:30-3:30pm riding time, and an after-party to announce prizes!

This is a ride for all types of cyclists and a family-friendly event and we encourage you to spread the word to help the Raleigh Rescue Mission haul in a bountiful harvest this year.

Stay tuned for more information on our route, shopping list, and point system. RSVP on Facebook to let us know you’re participating.

As always, thank you for riding your bike!

Tour de Cove

Bicycling communities are known for being as tight-knit as our Lycra. So when Lori Cove was severely injured by a hit-and-run driver last October while riding in Cary with several other experienced cyclists, it shook many of us to the core. The fact that this could happen to a 6-time Ironman finisher and accomplished cyclist was extremely shocking and upsetting.
At the time of the incident, Lori was the Director of the Town of Cary’s Transportation and Facilities department, working to ensure safe and efficient transportation for her community. Although I had never met Lori in person, I knew her name through work that my firm has done with the Town of Cary. She has a reputation as a gregarious person and intense competitor.
Lori’s recovery has been slow but steady, thanks to her fighting spirit and constant support from friends and family. These same caregivers are hosting the Tour de Cove in Lori’s honor on Saturday, October 7th in Cary. The all-day fundraiser will start with a 20- and 50-mile bike ride and 2.5-mile walk, followed by tricycle races, a bike toss, a corn hole tournament, live music, and silent auction. The proceeds will be used to help cover Lori’s medical expenses.
Registration is still open for this all-ages event. Please visit http://www.tourdecove.com/ to read Lori’s story and get details about the event. Whether you knew Lori or not, your participation will send a message of solidarity to our community: We are here, we support one another, and we will not stop pushing until cycling is safe for everyone.
Written by Meg Bryson, an Oaks and Spokes Advocacy & Marketing Committee Member and valued volunteer.