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March 2017 Newsletter

Get excited, Spring is almost here!

With the weather steadily improving and more daylight hours available, many of us are itching to get back in the saddle and work out some of the rust in our bones. There are several opportunities coming up for riders to get on the road and take advantage of the warm weather.

Oaks & Spokes has once again teamed up with Tour de Brew for their annual brewery bike tour on April 8th. This event is a fun way to explore the city, spend time with friends, and raise money for a good cause. If you haven’t already, please register today and start fundraising!

Regardless of whether you form a team, ride alone, or don’t register at all please consider volunteering to assist this wonderful cause. Volunteer needs include ride leaders, sweeps, and middle-of-the-packers as well as folks to help out with registration and other on-site roles. If you’re interested in helping out please add your contact information here or send an email to info@tourdebrew.org. We hope to see you there!

We recently posted an article to our website with several upcoming cycling related events and rides throughout the Spring. We hope to have a more vibrant and comprehensive calendar of events available on our website in the future. If you are hosting or know of any bike events or weekly social rides that you’d like to see included, please send us a Facebook message or email at info@oaksandspokes.com. You can also check out BikeRaleigh for more rides and events.


Bicycle facility updates!

The City of Raleigh is drafting the RFP to get proposals from potential Bike Share vendors/operators and hopes to release it soon. Once they select an operator, they will be focusing on identifying station locations. We’ll keep you up to date on any BikeShare developments as they become available. In the meantime, you can check out the Bike Share Feasibility Report or offer your suggestions for potential bikeshare station locations here.

The City of Raleigh Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission (BPAC) meets on the third Monday of each month. This month’s meeting will be on March 20th at 6:00pm in the Council Chambers at the Raleigh Municipal Building (222 W. Hargett Street). If you’re interested in learning more about what the City of Raleigh has in store for bicycle infrastructure and community engagement, join our Advocacy Committee members at the meeting. Email the Advocacy Coordinator, Molly McKinley, at molly@oaksandspokes.com for more information.


It’s that time again!

We are incredibly excited to announce the official 2017 Oaks & Spokes Annual Bicycle Festival event line-up! This year the festival features ten days of fun events from Friday, May 5th to Sunday, May 14th:

  • May 5th: Capital City Ride and First Friday Bike Ride and Art Show
  • May 6th: Bike Rodeo, presented by Marbles Kid’s Museum
  • May 7th: Raleigh Mural Ride
  • May 8th: Bike-In Movie
  • May 9th: City Market Ride & Social
  • May 10th: Light Up the Night Ride with Crank Arm Brewing
  • May 11th: Rookie Invite Night with Raleigh Bike Polo
  • May 12th: Bike Fashion Show
  • May 13th: Raleigh Cat, presented by The Overlap
  • May 14th: Cyclofemme Ride, presented by Lady Bike Gang

We will be accepting submissions for the Bike Art Show until April 17th. To submit a work for the show, please email a high resolution photo and the details of your work (media, dimensions, and price, if you wish to sell) to bikeart@oaksandspokes.com. There is no submission fee. Artists whose work is selected for the show will be notified by April 21st.

Full festival details will be released soon, so stay tuned to our Facebook page and website!

Carl Barnett was a much loved member of the downtown biking community who died on September 1st, 2016. On April 20th, Oak City Cycling Project will host a ride commemorating Carl’s unique legacy. He graced many bike events with his fun-loving spirit and uniquely modified bikes. Please join us to celebrate his life and share some of his friends cherished anecdotes. There will also be a silent auction of some of Carl’s prized possessions starting Friday, April 14th and ending the night of the ride. Proceeds will benefit the Historic Mordecai Park. Please contact Renee Foster at renee@oaksandspokes.com for more information.

Whether you’re cruising down the road or traversing the trails, Cycling Spoken Here knows that the more you ride your bike, the more you’ll love it. CSH is a community bike shop in Cary, NC that hosts a ton of great social rides geared toward everyone from beginners to experts. On top of group rides, they also host tons of useful workshops and events to help you grow as a cyclist. Check out their website for more information and a detailed calendar of events.

We’re happy to have been invited to the table to discuss ideas for the RDU Forest Trail Center which could include a bicycling “super highway” along I-40 to better connect the Triangle. Big thanks to Wake County Commissioner Sig Hutchinson and Natalie Lew, an avid local MTB trails proponent and activist, for thinking big and moving not only this project forward, but thinking more holistically about funding and implementing these plans. Stay tuned as these projects develop! You can learn more about the bikeway proposal and why we’re so excited about the possibility here.

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Help us get nominated: Cast your vote today!

The Indy Week’s yearly “Best of the Triangle” issue is a time honored tradition, where local establishments vie for the coveted title of “Best Of” in their category.

Since this is the first year we’ve been eligible as a non-profit,  we’d be honored if you would consider nominating Oaks and Spokes for any of the categories below. More importantly, we’d love for you to cast a vote on Best Place to Bike and Best Use of Public Money (yay bicycle infrastructure!).  As with riding your bike, visibility is key! We are hoping to be nominated in order to increase our visibility in the community as a strong advocate for cyclists and better bike infrastructure. 

Nominations for the first round are being accepted now until March 5th, and this is the only time that write-ins are accepted. You can find the ballot here. Thank you for your support, and happy voting (and riding)!

How It Works:

  • Nominations will be accepted February 13th through Sunday, March 5th.
  • Only the top four nominees in each category appear on the final ballot.
  • The final ballot will be open April 17th – May 7th.
  • The results will be posted in  the Best of the Triangle issue on June 7th.

There is no submit button! As soon as you click “Nominate”, your nomination is saved. Your BOT log-in is separate from indyweek.com. But if you voted last year, you can use the same info.

Vote your heart out. There is no minimum vote requirement.

Please feel free to vote for us in any sub-category you feel we deserve to be nominated.  Others have voted for us in the following categories: 

  • Best Non-Profit in Wake County
  • Best Local Non-Profit
  • Best Local Facebook Page
  • Best Local Instagram Account

Thank you again for supporting Oaks & Spokes as we strive to make biking in Raleigh a better experience for all people!

Spring Cycling Events in the Triangle

Spring is finally here! Take advantage of the warm weather and get on the saddle again with these upcoming events throughout the Triangle. Know of a group or event that we’ve missed? Feel free to comment or send us an email at info@oaksandspokes.com and let us know!

March 2017

April 2017

May 2017

  • May 5th-14th–5th Annual Oaks and Spokes Bicycle Festival!
    • Friday May 5: Raleigh Bikes Art Show & First Friday Bike Ride
    • Saturday May 6: Marbles Bike Rodeo & Bike MS Picnic
    • Sunday May 7: Mural Ride
    • Monday May 8: Bike-In Movie
    • Tuesday May 9: City Market Ride
    • Wednesday May 10: Light Up the Night Ride
    • Thursday May 11: Raleigh Bike Polo NewbieQ
    • Friday May 12: Bike Fashion Show
    • Saturday May 13: Raleigh Cat
    • Sunday May 14: Cyclofemme Ride
  • May 10th–National Bike to School Day
  • May 17th–Ride of Silence
  • May 18th – Oak City Cycling Third Thursday Cruiser
  • May 19th–National Bike to Work Day
  • May 20th–Crank for a Cause at Crank Arm Brewing

Weekly Group Rides in Raleigh

Tour de Brew is back!

For the last 2 years it has been our honor to partner with Tour de Brew for their annual charity bike ride in Raleigh. In 2016, this event raised more than $22,000 for its designated charity, Water for Good.

We cordially invite you to participate in this year’s ride, taking place on Saturday, April 8th from 10am to 3pm. There are two different routes, visiting six different Raleigh breweries. You can either sign up as a registered rider and start fundraising, or you can volunteer to help out the day of the event as a ride liaison. Both are incredibly fun–you can’t go wrong! If you are interested in being a volunteer, please send us an email at info@oaksandspokes.com.

Welcome to our new Board Members!

Last Saturday night, we held our first annual membership party. In short, it was amazing. We are continually amazed by how supportive, energetic, and diverse our community is. It is folks such as yourselves that give us the energy to keep on fostering the community of people who ride bikes in Raleigh.

To recap, we had five board positions open for election in 2017:

  • Administrative Coordinator
  • (2) At Large Coordinator
  • External Coordinator
  • Membership Coodinator
 All of the nominees gave wonderful, passionate speeches and the effects were apparent. This was an incredibly close race,  and there were no wrong choices. Without further ado this year’s new board members are:
  • Administrative Coordinator: Ken Bowers
  • At Large Coordinator: Renee Foster
  • At Large Coordinator: Athena Wollin
  • External Coordinator: Harry Rybacki
  • Membership Coordinator: Hannah Rainey

To each of the nominees, thank you. You have all demonstrated a commitment to your community that goes above and beyond the norm. We are looking forward to working with each of you over the next two years as we continue to mature our organization and make riding a bike in Raleigh a safe, convenient, and comfortable option for people of all ages and abilities.