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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.

Why do you like Raleigh Bike Polo?

Oaks and Spokes is sharing stories about people bicycling in Raleigh.  We are using this project to collect and share short stories, each featuring a common theme, with a question about bicycling.

Why do you like Raleigh Bike Polo?  Let’s find out why the members of RBP come out and play polo and what the sport is all about..

If you’re interested in playing or watching check us out at

2014 Oaks and Spokes Schedule of Events

2014 Oaks and Spokes Festival Poster

Action Alert: FRIDAY Deadline to Send Prioritization Comments to NCDOT

Our colleagues at Bike Walk NC have informed us that we have until end of business day this Friday, Feb. 21 to give public comment on statewide funding for all future transportation projects.

It is crucial that you contact NCDOT division staff, your metropolitan planning organization (MPO), and your representative on the Board of NCDOT, and let them know that you are aware of how serious this situation is for bicycle and pedestrian projects.

What you need to do:

Send an email to the relevant parties!  Copy all these people on your email.

If you live in Wake County, your contacts are in NCDOT Division 5 and CAMPO:

  • Joey Hopkins NCDOT Division 5
  • Wally Bowman NCDOT Division 5
  • Chris Lukasina Capital Area MPO
  • Michael C. Smith NCDOT Board of Transportation
  • Jim Crawford NCDOT Board of Transportation

What to say?

Scott Lane, local advocate and owner of J S Lane Company summarized the situation with these three points:


  1. Establish a Fair Economic Connection between Local Development Choices and Transportation Infrastructure Investment. The current STI and priority systems don’t go far enough in this regard. If bicycle, pedestrian, and public transportation projects are held to a matching requirement to receive state and federal dollars, then the same should hold true for all projects, including new location / widening projects for roadways. Maintenance should be treated similarly. Local governments, both municipal and county, need to be involved in the project selection process, but they also need to take responsibility for their fair share of the costs. Until the day arrives when matching requirements for all transportation projects are a reality, then no form of transportation should have a required local match.
  2. Finance the Complete Streets Policy Already Adopted by North Carolina DOT. North Carolina can then take a firmer stance on financing its adopted complete streets policy, the abdication of which will weigh unfairly on low-income / minority populations across the State that rely on methods of transportation other than private automobile to a disproportionate extent. This fact can be easily seen by considering recent crash statistics: although non-white persons make up only about 28% of the state’s population, 41% of reported pedestrian crashes occurred to non-white people (where the race of those involved was known) in North Carolina between 2010 and 2012. People of all racial and ethnic backgrounds in lower income urban and rural areas also tend to feel the safety effects of automobile-only street design much more keenly.
  3. Recognize that the Old Paradigm of Assigning Economic Value to Roadways Doesn’t Fit the Needs of Many Markets Any Longer. From an economic perspective, investing in walk-able and bike-able communities is becoming a well-established mantra for cities as diverse as Indianapolis, Austin, New York, and West Jefferson, NC. Information-based economies want to see more trails and safe cycling accommodations; service and manufacturing economies rely upon low-wage workers often without good access to their own automobiles – both markets are important to North Carolina’s current situation and its future, and both groups are weighing livable communities and streets heavily in their location decisions. The decision to de-fund bicycle and pedestrian projects with state matching dollars is essentially telling small- and medium-sized communities that they have a much harder path forward to realizing economic prosperity in the new economic conditions in which our state must compete. If anything, North Carolina can emerge as a national leader by financing more, smaller, more cost-efficient multi-modal projects to help make our communities more competitive, instead of investing in single-purpose, major roadway projects that impact ever-fewer communities as their price tags go up and up.


Here is the link to last week’s op-ed piece in the Charlotte Observer which gives additional viewpoints on the subject: .

In addition to this, you can also let your local reps know what local projects you’d like to see completed. Many roads in North Carolina are owned by the state of NC rather than being under control of the local cities and towns. Let NCDOT know what type of improvements you’d like to see such as bike lanes, separated bicycle facilities, sidewalks, and paved shoulders.

This is an important opportunity and we need to let NCDOT know that bicycle projects need a fair chance at funding.

Call For Artists – Raleigh Bikes Art Show 2014

The 3rd Annual Raleigh Bikes Art Show will premiere on Friday April 4th, once again being hosted by Benelux Cafe in Downtown City Market. The show will feature bike related paintings, photos, sculpture, sketches, prints, crafts and more (even custom made bike frames!) from local artists and will last throughout the month of March.

Are you a Bike Artist?

We’ll be accepting submissions for the show through March 9th! Email a photo and the details of your work (media, dimensions and price if you wish to sell) to:

Last year had a great amount of variety, but we’re looking for even more, so send us whatever you’ve got! Share our Call for Artists Flyer with your friends!

This year we will not be doing a silent auction, but we will be having a “closing party” on April 29th to have some fun and so that people can pick up their purchases and artists can pick up unsold/not-for-sale artwork.

Do you have an awesome Bike?

We consider bikes to be art in and of themselves, and usual will be featuring a number of bikes hung on the wall throughout the month of April. If you’d like your bike featured, send us a photo of it and what you feel makes it special.

Photos from Last Year


Sam Bennett:

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