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It’s Dangerous To Go Alone. Take This!

Front and Rear Bike Lights

Raleigh’s unpredictable weather means a chance of rain tonight for Oaks and Spokes’ Light Up the Night Ride. We plan to be at Crank Arm, regardless of the weather, to proceed with our celebration of bikes and more importantly — our bike light giveaway! Thanks to the City of Raleigh and Go Triangle, we are stocked with a supply of bike lights to give to any cyclist that needs them.

Law requires cyclists to have a front and rear light!
Ill-equipped for nighttime riding and optimal visibility? Come by Crank Arm tonight from 7-9pm to receive your lights to be better prepared for the adventures that await you!

Our scheduled Light Up the Night Ride may still happen at 7:45pm, should we deem the weather conditions to be safe to ride. If the ride is postponed due to rain, we will have a game night inside!

We encourage you to come out and enjoy a Crank Arm brew of your choice, play some games, and meet other cyclists within your community! A portion of the proceeds from the evening will be donated back to Oaks and Spokes — so invite a friend and help light up the night, whether it be outdoors with our bikes or inside with great company and conversation.

Hope to see you there and, of course, thank you for riding your bike!

Moving Forward into 2017!

On January 21st 2017, Oaks & Spokes will be hosting its first annual Members Only Party from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM at the House of Swank, 315 S Bloodworth St, Raleigh, NC 27601.

We would like to formally invite our membership to attend, mingle, dance, sing, and and participate in this year’s party and the election of the board. You must sign up for a membership at the door if you do not already have one, at a cost of $25.  All current members attend at NO COST.

Appetizers and libations will be provided for all in attendance.

We have an amazing selection of candidates  showing an interest in taking on a more active role in making the community a better place for all people who ride bikes in Raleigh.

Without further ado, we are proud to announce the following eight nominees for the Oaks & Spokes board of directors for a two-year term:

 Full Candidate Statements

 

Ken Bowers

Running for: Secretary

Meg Bryson

Running for: At Large


John Kovalchik

Running for: At Large


Renee Foster

Running for: At Large


Willamina O’Keeffe

Running for: Secretary -or- At Large

Hannah Rainey

Running for: Membership Coordinator

Harry Rybacki

Running for: External Coordinator

Athena Wollin

Running for: At Large
Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you at the party!

We Need Your Support!

Oaks and Spokes has a new project up their sleeve and we need your support!  In the past we worked with the City of Raleigh to bring a ‘Bike Corral” to a parking space on Hargett St to make cycling more visible.  This time, we’re working on facilitating the purchase and installation of two bike repair stations and heavy-duty pumps.  One will be located in downtown Raleigh and another will be located on our gorgeous, extensive greenway system.

Contribute

These stations and the pumps will be installed in high visibility, high use locations.  You know you’ve been in a situation where you just need a little air or a quick tune.  We’re currently working with the #BikeRaleigh program and the Parks and Cultural Resources Department to confirm the final locations.

Please contribute to our fundraising campaign so that you can be a part of making this amenity happen in Raleigh.  Your donation by October 31, 2015 will give Oaks and Spokes the capacity to keep the conversation ‘rolling.’BikeRepairStations

Love helping others while sampling local beer, music, and fun? Come out and crank!

If you attended the Oaks and Spokes Festival last year, you might remember the two-wheeled charity and game extravaganza on Hargett Street known as Crank for a Cause. It’s back this year, organized and supported by Crank Arm Brewery. There will be bands, fun, Trolley Pub rides, and of course, delicious local beer. Bring some friends to make a team and ride a trainer to raise money for the American Diabetes Association.

crank for a cause 2013
photo courtesy of Sam Bennett

There’s no minimum mileage or pace to achieve, just get on your bike and pedal. The whole point is raising money for a great cause, all the while highlighting Raleigh’s generous bicycle culture and community. Crank Arm Brewery will have plenty of beer and there will be food trucks on site to refuel hungry pedalers. Dylan of Crank Arm has also worked with Raleigh Trolley Pub for ’round the block rides during the event. All this, plus some great local bands.

You’ll want to sign up soon. All the registration info is in this link.

photo courtesy of Sam Bennett

What are you most looking forward to in the 2014 Oaks and Spokes Festival?

With the festival just a few short weeks away, Oaks and Spokes asks what people are most looking forward to in this year’s line-up. With so many events to choose from, it’s no surprise we got a lot of different responses.

What does this mean for you?  You probably need to check out every event! Of course, all the information is available RIGHT HERE.