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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.

Protect Yourself: Tips to avoid or handle a collision

In the wake of yet another tragic  collision resulting in the death of a person on a bike, we think it’s important for our friends who ride bikes to be aware of the actions they can take to not only reduce their risk of being a victim, but to respond appropriately in the event of a collision as well. We would like to thank Deanna Power of Personal Injury Help for contributing the following article. We are dedicating it to the memory of all the cyclists killed in NC this year.

What to do After a Crash in North Carolina

If you are a bicyclist, you are a member of a growing community that enjoys using an economical, healthy, and environmentally friendly way to get where you need to go. While there are things that you can do to reduce your odds of being in a crash, there is always a risk that is real. One way to lower your risk of being involved in a crash is by making sure you are being safe and that you are adhering to North Carolina’s bicycling laws.

North Carolina Bicycling Laws

In North Carolina, bicyclists are treated like drivers of vehicles. They are encouraged to act responsibly and safely, the same as drivers of cars are. There are laws that are specific to bicycles as well, and those must be adhered to:

  •         Your bicycle must be equipped with a lighted headlamp that is visible from at least 30 feet in front of the bicycle.
  •         Your bicycle should have a red reflective mirror or light on the back that is visible from at least 200 feet from the rear when used at night. You can also wear a reflective safety vest.
  •         A bicycle should be driven at a visible spot within the lane and before making a lateral move, the rider should yield.
  •         Properly position yourself for your destination at intersections.
  •         Use the proper hand signals so your movement will be predictable. Let drivers know that you are turning or stopping. Give them time to know where you are going.
  •         Bicyclists cannot overtake other traffic on the right except when they are traveling in a separately marked travel lane.
  •        As a vehicle by law, bicycles have the right to “take the lane”, especially if they feel it is necessary for their safety or in preparation to make a turn.  An example of taking the lane for safety reasons is to discourage cars from trying to pass too close to you in the same lane.

Increase Your Visibility

By making yourself more visible, you are more likely to be noticed by drivers and reduce the risk of a crash. Wear brightly colored clothing, such as a safety vest or an orange, yellow, bright green, or red jersey. Add bright colors and reflectors to your helmet (and be sure to always ride with a helmet!). You may even add reflective tape to your clothing and your bicycle if you are riding after dark. Make sure your bicycle has reflectors visible from all sides, to ensure that drivers are aware of your presence in the road. Remember, a front and back light are now both required by law in NC.

If You Have Been in a Crash

If you have been involved in a crash, here are some tips to make sure you are treated fairly throughout the insurance claims process and that your rights are protected. By making sure you have handled the situation properly, you are preparing your claim accurately and effectively.

  1.       The first thing to do is to call 911. You want the police to come complete a report. If your injuries are serious, ask for an ambulance to be dispatched as well.
  2.       Make sure the police take a statement from you and not just the motorist. Some police will only speak with motorists during an investigation.
  3.       Exchange information with the drivers. Get names, contact information, and insurance information from everyone involved.
  4.       Speak with witnesses and get their statements, names, and contact information.
  5.       Take photos of the scene. Show the street, your bicycle, damage to the vehicles involved, your damaged clothing and helmet, and any injuries that you may have.
  6.       Go to the hospital and get medical treatment no matter what. Your injuries may be worse than you initially believe, or adrenaline could be keeping you from feeling any injuries.

After the Crash

After the incident, you should maintain the recommended medical care. Any medical bills and records of lost work should be kept for your insurance claim. You need to keep in constant contact with the insurance companies to make sure that your claim is progressing. If the crash was not your fault, the insurance company should be liable for replacing any damaged goods and covering your medical bills. If the driver’s insurance company doesn’t pay for your medical bills for some reason, you can take the claim to North Carolina’s small claims court if you need less than $10,000 in compensation. With good documentation however, you won’t need to step foot in a courtroom.

After visiting a hospital and getting treated, you can focus on what’s most important: Recovering from the crash.

Want to get more involved? We’re seeking nominees to join our Board of Directors!

Oaks & Spokes will be electing five people to the Board of Directors, and you could be one of them! If you live or work in Raleigh, love bicycling, are a member of Oaks & Spokes, and want to be a decision-maker for Oaks & Spokes, apply here: https://goo.gl/forms/iFA2b0kMHxh2qMFk1

Applications are due on December 20th at 7pm. The current Board of Directors will notify all applicants of their candidacy on December 21st. Elections will be held at the Members Only Party on January 21st.

Not a member of Oaks & Spokes? Membership is only $25, lasts a year, gives you access to the Members Only Party, gives you voting power, and supports all of the work Oaks & Spokes is doing with events, outreach, education, and advocacy. Contact info@oaksandspokes.com to become a member today!

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