It’s getting towards that time of year where it’s “too cold to ride” for some people. My advice? Head out to some of the awesome local trails we have available! There’s usually less of a cutting wind, and riding on the dirt is really fun. You could ride almost any kind of bike through Umstead Forest’s Reedy Creek Trail, and Lake Crabtree on the other side of Umstead has some really accessible mountain bike trails. You could spend all winter on the trainer, or…you could go out and ride.
By Liz Hester
If you had asked me before last year about riding a bike, I would have said, I learned how as a kid and hadn’t touched one since I got my driver’s license (except that one beer biking tour in Munich, but that doesn’t really count). At that time, I lived in New York City. Only crazy bike messengers and guys in Spandex rode bikes. It was just too dangerous. And in fact, I kind of hated those guys zooming past in Central Park hunched in packs, taking up all the space and getting angry when you accidentally stepped out of the running lane. They were so aggressive.
But my attitude began to change once I moved back to Raleigh. One of my friends co-founded Oak City Cycling Project and I wanted to be supportive of his venture. But the thought of riding terrified me. Once here, it quickly became apparent that I was going to have to get over it and get on two wheels. Everyone I met rode for transportation and fun. It seemed like everywhere I turned, the conversation was about bikes, components, routes, gear, or simply riding together.
The City of Raleigh has begun a bike rack initiative and wants to know where cyclists want bike parking. This is a great opporunity to provide input on where these racks are installed. City riding has exploded recently and there are areas we all recognize as prime candidates for increased bike parking. Help encourage trips by bicycle by recommending racks at destinations you frequent.
How do I submit my ideas? It’s easy! Just follow these easy steps:
- Go to SeeClickFix
- Select “Report an Issue” and enter your preferred location for a new rack
- In the Category drop down menu, select “Pick a Bike Rack Location!”
- If a request has already been made at this location, hit the “like” button
We just got back from Go Triangle’s 2013 Golden Modes, an annual Triangle-area commuter award and recognition event. This year it was held in the beautifully re-purposed downtown Cary Arts Center. There were many multi-modal users and organizations being recognized for encouraging others to try alternative commute modes and efforts to make the Triangle a better place. Continue reading
O&S is excited to announce the dates for the 2014 festival in Raleigh, NC. We’ve put together a fantastic team and are working hard on establishing a lineup for the events. Stay tuned!
Have you been upset about cars parked in the bike lanes?
Have you been concerned about cars opening their door into you?
Are you concerned about motorists passing safely?
Members of Oaks and Spokes began drawing attention to the parked cars in bike lanes issue in 2012 to try to increase it’s priority within Raleigh’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Council (BPAC). Since then, BPAC has put countless hours into studying these issues and has held several meetings to come up with both short and long-term solutions for the issue of parked cars in bike lanes and the others discussed above. By trying to get as many individuals who ride bicycles in front of City Council and the Mayor, We who support bicycling as a viable mode of transportation in Raleigh intend to leave a lingering impact.
- Show your support for these changes in city code to promote bicycling safely in Raleigh.
- Make bicycling a visible transportation choice in the City of Raleigh just by attending.
- Bring your helmet to show City Council you are someone who bikes!
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While maybe not technically cycling related, I thought this was a fun thing to touch on today. All around downtown, someone has been yarnbombing street signs and bike racks. Yarnbombing is a sort of street art that brings color into otherwise bland urban infrastructure. It serves a practical purpose as well, helping to protect your bike’s frame from scratches as you lock up. I don’t know who is doing this, but I like it! In particular, I think the additions to the animal racks outside of Chuck’s/Beasley’s/Fox at Martin and Wilmington are adorable. What’s your favorite bit of street art?
The American Tobacco Trail’s (ATT’s) Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge is a 270-foot long steel footbridge built over Interstate 40 and, when completed, will result in a continuous 22-mile trail stretching from downtown Durham to Wake County. Back in July, the City of Durham scheduled the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Pedestrian Bridge for October 12, but a combination of construction and design flaws with the pedestrian safety fence pushed the opening of the bridge back to December 2013. While the bridge opening was delayed, the City of Durham decided to proceed with the opening ceremony on October 12.
We got a lot of questions from folks when we did the Oaks & Spokes Bicycle Festival in Raleigh last March. Namely, there were a lot of people interested in knowing how we had met and what had prompted us to put on the events. And in the short madness of the festival, we didn’t always manage to come up with a thorough answer for who we are.