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September is a busy month for biking!

The heat is finally beginning to break, and we’re happy to welcome September and the start of Fall! There are a ton of ways you can get out and take advantage of the beautiful weather this month!

Get started on Friday, September 15th with SparkCon in downtown Raleigh! Our friends from Raleigh Bike Polo will be giving demonstrations on Fayetteville Street just North of Hargett St from 11am to 2pm. Can’t make it on Friday? They’ll be at it again Saturday, September 16th, same polo time, same polo place.

We’ll be starting off the weekend with  the Southeast Raleigh Empowerment Fair on Saturday, September 16th from 10am to 2pm at John Chavis Memorial Park. This community event is sponsored by The Friends Committee to connect Raleigh citizens with the resources that can help to improve their quality of life. We’re looking for volunteers to help us with bike commuter and bike repair demos. Sign up here to help, and email molly@oaksandspokes.com if you have questions.

Cross is here! Come out and cheer on your friends or race for glory at the 2017 Berger Hardware Bikes Cross Central NC race series. This weekend’s races will be at Stony Creek Park in Goldsboro.

The third annual Radio Ride is just around the corner! Join us on Sunday, September 17th for a fun alley cat fundraiser for the NC State student-run radio station, WKNC 88.1. Registration will open at 12 pm at Trophy Maywood and the ride begins at 1 pm. Riders will receive a set of clues for various checkpoints and should expect to bike between 15 and 20 miles. Stick around after the competition to enjoy local music (Debonzo Brothers, propersleep, Blue Cactus and Stray Local) and a beer festival at Trophy to kick off Raleigh Beer Week! Pre-register and find more information on the WKNC website.

Bike events aren’t the only way you can be involved in Raleigh’s growing cycling community!

The Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission (BPAC) will meet next on Monday, September 18th at 6pm at the Raleigh Municipal Building in the City Council Chamber (222 W. Hargett Street). If you want to get in the know of all things bike related in Raleigh, join some of our advocacy committee members at the meeting!

Have you heard about the potential I-440 Bikeway? Wake County Commissioner Sig Hutchinson was recently successful in adding this to a list of projects to be evaluated for funding. The Bikeway would enable bike and pedestrian connections from Cary, Raleigh, and Morrisville to RTP, as well as to many of the area’s major greenways. It would also serve as a vital connection to the RDU Forest trail system, RDU Airport, and Umstead State Park. You can help make this dream a reality by submitting your comments to Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) by September 20th.

Every year in NC there are many crashes involving bicyclists and pedestrians resulting in injuries and fatalities. To encourage safe cycling and promote positive interactions between people on bikes and people in cars, various organizations have once again joined forces to host the Capital Area Ride for Safety (CARS) on Sunday, September 24th. The ride will start at Wakefield High School at 9am with a 14 mile one-way route to Halifax Mall or a 28-mile loop with assistance by RPD along the way, followed by refreshments and comments from local officials and safety experts in Halifax Mall. We hope to see you there!

Until next time, thank you for riding your bike!

 

 

2017 NC Bike Summit Scholarship Application

Interested in learning about how communities across North Carolina are working to create complete streets for all? Attend the North Carolina Bike Summit in Wilmington on November 3rd and 4th and let Oaks & Spokes help you with the registration fee!

Apply here by next Monday, August 28th to be considered for a scholarship which will cover the cost of registration to the Bike Summit! After their return, award winners will be asked to write a short essay describing their experience at the Bike Summit and how they intend to utilize the knowledge they gained.

This year’s summit is presented by BikeWalk NC in Partnership with AARP and Cape Fear Cyclists.  The partnership aligns perfectly with AARP’s Age Friendly Community Initiative and their transportation and walkability goals. By creating complete streets in as many areas as possible, there will be more individuals and families who will be able to walk, move, and travel in healthier and safer ways.

Keynote speakers Michael Olender, Coralette Hannon, and Mike Watson will focus on Complete Streets and Livability as we work together to “Complete our Streets…for All!”

 

The 2017 NC Bike/Walk Summit promises to be packed full of information useful to bicycle advocates, transportation planners, business owners, elected officials, tactical urbanists, public health practitioners, and livability and sustainability professionals. The mission of the summit is to:

  •  Foster collaboration
  • Educate and inform
  • Promote bicycling and walking as valid modes of transportation and as an economic driver

For more information on this year’s summit, including the presentation schedule, visit BikeWalkNC.

Bike Repair Stations Now Have Adjustable Wrenches

Guest article by former board member, Kyle Hord:

Last year, I joined an Oaks and Spokes ride to Anderson Point Park to celebrate the installation of the second Dero Fixit bike repair station. For those who aren’t familiar with these, they are fantastic resources that can allow a handy person to fix most minor issues they would encounter on their bicycle. They come equipped with a complement of common tools, an air pump, and a place to hang your bike while working.

When we started our ride to Anderson Point Park, a young man joined us as he get off of work downtown. This very tall young man rode the whole way there on a very small bike with a very low saddle. After we made it to the park, some other riders offered to help him raise his saddle, so he could ride home more comfortably. We put his bike on the stand and soon realized that the repair station didn’t have the right size wrench. Undaunted, we came up with a crafty solution and were able to adjust his seat, but I knew immediately what would have solved our problem, and solved every future problem like it: a simple adjustable wrench.

Later that month I went out and bought materials to add adjustable wrenches to Raleigh’s two bike repairs stations at Anderson Point Park and Marbles Kids Museum. About one year, three house moves, and one hurricane later (sorry for the delay), I am happy to announce that I have finally finished the job. Both repair stations now have an adjustable wrench hanging along with their standard assortment of tools. If you stop at a station in the future, there should now be no bolt or nut up to 31 mm wide that you can’t turn.

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!