All posts by Dawn Keyser

Crank for a Cause Volunteers Needed

It’s almost time for Crank for a Cause, the annual fundraising stationary bike challenge! This year the proceeds are going to fund our upcoming Cycle Track project, set to be installed some time in the Fall. Read more about the project here.

The festivities will be going all day from 11am to 11pm this Saturday the 20th at Crank Arm Brewing, and we’re still in need of a few folks to help us with registration, selling raffle tickets, and assisting with the challenges. If you’re interested, please sign up here. Volunteers will receive a free Oaks & Spokes t-shirt!

With five different live bands, food, local beer, and prizes you’re sure to have a great time, whether as a volunteer or challenge participant. You can check out the list of challenges below. We hope to see you out there!

Festival week is done, but Bike Month lives!

We had a blast with you guys at this year’s Oaks & Spokes Bicycle Festival! We hope you had as much fun as we did, and got to attend all the events you were interested in. Stay tuned for pictures! And don’t forget that three of the events were rescheduled because of rain, so the fun isn’t over yet!

Join us on Tuesday, May 23rd for the City Market Ride and Friday, May 26th for the Capital City Ride. The Bike Fashion Show will be rescheduled at a later date, possibly in the Fall, as we continue to plan to make it even bigger and better.  If you missed the First Friday Bike Art Show, don’t despair–the art work will be on display in Morning Times for the entire month of May.

This next week will be another busy one for bike enthusiasts! Start your week off with a little local advocacy by attending this month’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) meeting! Here we discuss everything bicycle and pedestrian related in Raleigh, from new projects to updates on old business and news of local events. The meeting is open to the public and begins at 6pm tonight (Monday, May 15th) in the City Council chambers at 222 West Hargett Street.

On Tuesday, May 16th the City of Raleigh is hosting a special Bike/Walk/Bus Listening Session at the Chavis Community Center from 6-8pm. The DOT is interested in hearing about what matters most to residents in SE Raleigh who bike, walk, or take the bus. Talk to transportation staff about your ideas for improvements and hear about the City’s ongoing and upcoming work.

On Wednesday, May 17th it’s time to slow things down a little for the Ride of Silence. This national ride takes place every year to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. The ride will start in Dorothea Dix on Barbour St at 7pm, and consist of a 5.3 mile loop through Dix Park, the Farmer’s Market, and NC State Centennial Campus. Participants must sign a waiver and wear helmets, and be prepared to respectfully ride in silence.

Get a jump on your weekend with Oak City Cycling Project’s Third Thursday Cruiser on May 18th! Meet at the shop (212 E Franklin St) at 7pm for a 7:30 rollout. While you’re there check out their brand new bar, complete with local canned and draft beers. There’s a special surprise on the ride this month, so make sure you don’t miss out!

Friday, May 19th will be just another day for some of you–it’s National Bike to Work Day! To encourage (and reward) folks to switch from four wheels to two, the City of Raleigh is sponsoring four Bike to Work Pitstops in various locations around the city. Stop by for some light refreshments, bike swag, and high fives from 7 to 9am. The stops include the Reedy Creek Trail Bridge, Crabtree Creek Trail, Moore Square, and the Belltower at NCSU. Find a map with all the stops here.

We’re especially excited about a special event being hosted by Crank Arm Brewing this Saturday, May 20th. It’s time to Crank for a Cause! This fun stationary bike challenge is a great way to spend an afternoon with friends: riding bikes, listening to music, and winning prizes, all while helping to implement new bike infrastructure in your city. This year the event proceeds will be going to support our upcoming cycle track project.

If you want to get in extra bike time that Saturday, you can also check out the Dorothea Dix Ride being sponsored by the City of Raleigh as part of their Bike Month celebration. Meet at Eliza Pool Park at 8:30am for a fun, scenic seven mile ride lead by the Raleigh Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources staff. Find more information and pre-register here!

To finish out a month of great events, we’re partnering with Bike MS and Cycle NC for our first ever Bike Month Finale at Trophy Maywood on Wednesday, May 24th! This social event will feature a small expo and lots of fun giveaways and drawings. Cycle NC and Bike MS will be exhibiting as well as other supporting organizations such as BikeRaleigh. The very popular Cousins Maine Lobster food truck will be on-site at Trophy, and we’ll be joining forces with the Wednesday night Crank Arm Social Ride to organize a ride out to the event from downtown. We hope to see you there, and as always: Thanks for riding your bike!

Collect Festival Trophies with Ride Report!

Oaks & Spokes has teamed up with Ride Report to create some custom trophies/badges in their app for each of the 2017 Oaks & Spokes Festival events!

Download the app (available for iPhone and Android) and get setup in less than a minute. Then simply ride your bike to or during the Festival events and get special trophies and messages in the app.

The app automatically figures out when you are biking, so no need to push start/stop on the app or open it up. Think of it like Pokemon Go, but you need to bike in order to “catch ‘em”. Plus the route and rating data will be used by Bike Raleigh to support bicycle planning.

Download today and start collecting trophies! As always, thank you for riding your bike. 🙂

 

Festival Volunteers Needed!

Can you believe it?! This year’s Oaks & Spokes Bicycle Festival starts in just two days! We’re excited to get rolling, but we still need a few more volunteers to help out with some of the events.

Our greatest need is for the Marbles Kids Museum Bike Rodeo this Saturday, May 6th. Volunteers will help participants adjust helmets and bikes and provide overall bike expertise and excitement for the kiddos.

Other needs include volunteers to man stations at the Raleigh Cat, and ride support (sweeps, anchors, etc.) for the Bike MS Ride, Mural Ride, Bike-In Movie, City Market Ride, Light Up the Night Ride, and CycloFemme Ride.

If you’re interested in helping out at these or other events, please sign up here. Volunteers get a free Oaks & Spokes t-shirt, an invitation to the Festival  after-party, and–most importantly–the chance to hang out and have fun with some rad bike folks!

We’ll see you soon! As always, thanks for riding your bike. 🙂

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.