All posts by Anna Stokes

Anna is interested in all forms of sustainable transportation, urban design, bike polo, coffee, music, community engagement and all things downtown Raleigh.

Warm Your Buns: Oaks & Spokes’ Winter Fundraiser


It is frigid outside. Take a break from the icy breeze of you bike commute and come Warm Your Buns with Oaks & Spokes at an indoor Happy Hour Ride benefiting our 2015 Spring Festival. The ride will take place at FlyWheel, Raleigh’s newest indoor cycling location. FlyWheel’s classes are incredibly fun featuring custom playlists, and allowing each individual to challenge themselves at whatever level they choose.

Friday, January 23rd
6:30 – 8:30pm (ride begins promptly at 7pm!)

Fly Wheel Sports
402 Oberlin Road, Suite 104
Raleigh, NC 27605

Please join us at 6:30pm to check in, get ready, buy raffle tickets and socialize. The ride will start promptly at 7pm, and will be followed by a Happy Hour with snacks and drinks provided by local sponsors.

Attendees must register in advance, here is how:
Bikes are limited, so remember to buy your ticket in advance! Reserve them by:
1. Creating an Account at Flywheel at (remember your username as you will need it to provide it in step 2)
2. Filling out the following google form:
3. Donating what you would like, and are able to, at or above $20 via paypal to:

All proceeds will go directly towards the Oaks & Spokes’ Third Annual Bicycling Festival to be hosted in Downtown Raleigh, Spring of 2015.


Thank you to our generous sponsors for supporting cycling in Raleigh!

Crank Arm Brewing Company, Lucettegrace, BREW, Brixx Pizza – Cameron Village, Edge of Urge, Night Kitchen Bakehouse & Cafe & of course FlyWheel Sports Raleigh

Bike Ride, Ice Cream, and Beer! May 31st

The 2014 Cabot Community Tour follows the East Coast Greenway, starting in Jacksonville FL and ending in NYC.
The 2014 Cabot Community Tour follows the East Coast Greenway, starting in Jacksonville, FL and ending in New York, NY.

Here’s your chance to ride your bike, mingle with long-distance cyclists Cathy and Myron Skott as they make their way 900+ miles up the eastern coast of the United States, AND have free ice cream to boot!  We’re excited to announce the 2014 Cabot Community Tour is cruising down the east coast with a stop in downtown Raleigh on Saturday, May 31st. Continue reading Bike Ride, Ice Cream, and Beer! May 31st

Centerline Digital’s Employee Bike-Share

Centerline Digital Offices
The entrance to Centerline Digital offices located in Raleigh’s Glenwood South District

Located in Downtown Raleigh’s Glenwood South District, lies Centerline Digital, a content marketing agency.  Their professional focus is on solving complex communications challenges with strategic and creative digital content, but their workplace environment embodies much more than that.

Centerline Digital’s offices are housed in what was originally a warehouse, but most recently was a gym. The space has been redesigned as an office, but when I arrived to interview John Lane, the VP of Strategy and Creative, I thought for sure I was in the wrong place. The space doesn’t feel like a workplace. There is a bar with taps for beer in the middle of the room, and people sitting in sofa chairs, or restaurant-style booths, eating lunch while working on their laptops. It feels too laid back and comfortable to be a workplace, but after talking with John I realized that this was just part of the culture Centerline Digital has cultivated. They want their employees to enjoy their job, and feel at home in their workspace.  John sees the company’s bicycle rack as a “nice outward expression of an inward culture”.

When Centerline Digital moved into its current office space, they realized there were a plethora of restaurants and destinations that were a bit too far to walk, but not really far enough to justify driving -even in the most walkable neighborhood in Raleigh.  Wanting to encourage employees to drive less, and also to give them an opportunity to exercise more, they invested in creating a shared bicycle service. Bicycles are good choice for that “in between” distance for a short trip — and are often quicker than a car for trips under 3 miles.  With the shared bikes, any employee who wants to use a bike can talk to front desk staff to get a key, as well as a helmet and a detachable basket. This allows them the option to ride to places such as Cameron Village, or Raleigh’s core downtown area, giving them more range during their lunch break.

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Voting “Yes” to the City of Raleigh Transportation Bond on October 8th will Support Cycling in Your Community!


As Raleigh continues to grow, it is vital that we invest in our transportation networks. This is key to increasing the quality of life of every resident, and maintaining a healthy and dynamic city. In order to secure the necessary funding needed to maintain and improve our transportation system, the City Council has added a Capital Improvement Transportation Bond to the ballot on October 8th. If implemented, the bond will fund 18 projects throughout the city.

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