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RDU Forest celebrates a step forward

This past weekend, RDU Forest advocates celebrated the RDU Airport Authority’s recent announcement to work with Wake County to expand Lake Crabtree County Park and to reconsider the future of the Odd Fellows tract, preserving its significant contribution to outdoor recreation and quality of life in our growing region. We reached out to RDU Forest for comment, and Rex Schaberg was kind enough to draft the following article.

The Odd Fellows tract (a roughly 105 acre tract designated as “Tract 1″ in the recent RDU Airport Authority RFP which solicited bids for non-aviation land-use) is in many ways a cornerstone for several important recreational and quality-of-life-initiatives here in the Triangle. The Airport has entertained an offer to lease the site for a new crushed aggregate quarry in the heart of Cary. It otherwise has no potential for commercial development (and will have even less if it is quarried into an enormous hole over the next 25 years), and it is unneeded for aviation. However, the land has considerable non-commercial value.

Resting on the shoulder of I-40, it offers a logical conduit to connect Triangle green-way and bike-commuter corridors. Without this parcel, such connectivity becomes problematic. It has long been a camping campus for area Boy Scouts, fostering values of self-reliance, community engagement and environmental stewardship. More recently, it has emerged as the most critical piece of property to address the need for a protected ride area for regional mountain bikers, as there are few approved ride sites within the Triangle, despite the explosive growth in popularity of the sport in recent years– the Odd Fellows tract offers some of the most advanced and sophisticated trail-terrain in the Triangle, and is therefore important and irreplaceable.

Additionally, the acceptance of a Conservation Fund offer to purchase this parcel (in order to subsequently donate it to Umstead State Park) from the Airport at a fair market value of $6.5 million would unlock an additional 150 acres of Umstead State Park, currently closed to mountain biking. These holdings, in combination with the existing Crabtree County Park, would constitute a unique urban recreational resource. The Airport Authority Board recently met and rejected both the aggregate quarry offer and the Conservation Fund purchase offer.

Either RFP offer could be reconsidered at any time at the sole discretion of the Airport Authority, subject to the approval of the Airport Board. Therefore the only real tangible effect of the rejection is to delay a decision about the fate of the Odd Fellows tract until a future date. It remains critically important that all the folks who want to see this tract protected for recreation communicate that need to their friends, local businesses, and the Airport Authority Board. The prudent course is for the Airport Authority to accept the Conservation Fund’s purchase offer, thus providing the Airport with immediate revenue, and ensuring the tract may ultimately be conveyed to Umstead State Park to provide decades of future recreational use.

In summation, the rejection of these offers By the RDU Board will allow us more time to find a win win solution, which will hopefully result in trail preservation. We need the community to be diligent in signing the petition and making their voices heard in opposing a future quarry. Business owners should consider offering their support as well. Please see www.rduforest.com for more details.

Cranksgiving is back!

We’re excited to get you excited about Raleigh’s 4th Annual Cranksgiving food drive bike ride. We’re once again partnering with Crank Arm Brewing to conduct our part bike ride, part scavenger hunt to benefit the Raleigh Rescue Mission.

Last year, over 120 of you came out to ride and we collectively brought in over 2,300 lbs of food! (Over a literal ton!) Cranksgiving is a great choose-your-own-adventure event all in the name of healthy bike riding fun to help our communities in need for the holiday season.

We will provide you a list of food and a map of stores for you to shop from, but it’s up to you how you choose to participate! Ride to one store or ride to them all, in a team or as a solo cyclist – we’ll be happy to have you come out and enjoy.

As part of our Cranksgiving celebration this year we will also be partnering with NC Vision Zero on their second annual World Day of Remembrance Exhibit. Each year, over 1,300 North Carolinians leave for a destination and never make it home. NC Vision Zero is a statewide program to change this – by preventing roadway deaths and injuries.

The remembrance exhibit will feature over 1,400 pairs of shoes on the State Capitol grounds, to represent the number of lives lost last year on our roads. Cranksgiving participants will have the option to visit the exhibit as part of the ride route.

Date: Sunday, November 19th
Location: Crank Arm Brewing (319 W Davie St)
Time: 1pm-5pm
Bring: A bike lock, bags/panniers, money for food ($15-20), and your friends!

1pm registration, 1:30-3:30pm riding time, and an after-party to announce prizes!

This is a ride for all types of cyclists and a family-friendly event and we encourage you to spread the word to help the Raleigh Rescue Mission haul in a bountiful harvest this year.

Stay tuned for more information on our route, shopping list, and point system. RSVP on Facebook to let us know you’re participating.

As always, thank you for riding your bike!

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.

Keep the momentum going with these June events!

Bike Month may be over, but there are boundless opportunities to get out on your bike this Summer! Here are a few of our picks for June.

We’ve joined forces with the East Coast Greenway Alliance for a series of Second Saturday rides! Come out this Saturday, June 10th for a 4 mile greenway bike ride to the NC Farmers Market. We’ll be meeting at the Chavis Community Center at 10:00am, and we encourage participants to wear a helmet and bring a backpack or panniers. This is a ride for all ages and abilities. If you can’t make it, join us next time on July 8th!

The evening of June 10th in Durham you can take a night ride on the American Tobacco Trail with the Full Moon Fever Ride, hosted by the Durham Community Trail Watch. Choose from a 30 mile or 15 mile route, each with a different start time and location.

On Monday, June 12th join Teamancipation for a Bike Fitting Clinic at 7pm in Carrboro. Learn the basics on bicycle fitting and how it relates to your efficiency on a bike, as well as how to find a bike that best accommodates you or modify your own bike.

For the truly adventurous, check out the Pennsylvania Sojourn Bike Tour with the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy from June 18-23. This week-long summer bike excursion will allow you to experience Pennsylvania’s famous scenic wilderness, charming towns, beautiful tunnels, iconic sites and can’t-miss destinations, all on your bike!

If you want adventure a little closer to home, join Oak City Cycling Project on Saturday, June 24th for an overnight bike campout sponsored by Swift Industries. They will be leaving from the shop at 5:30pm for a 18(ish) mile ride on road, greenway, and gravel to Umstead State Park to set-up camp. This is a semi-self supported event, check out the event page for more information.

On Wednesday, June 28th at 7pm, OCCP will also be hosting a W.T.F. (women, trans, femme) Bikepacking Clinic where women can share their experiences with bikepacking and get some useful knowledge from a local bikepacking connoisseur. This clinic is in preparation for a W.T.F. Campout on Saturday, July 15th. Stay tuned to their Facebook page for event updates.

Come enjoy a fun day of riding bikes, feasting, and supporting refugees and immigrants in your community at USCRI-NC‘s first annual fundraiser, The Welcome Ride, on Sunday, June 25th. All profits from registration fees will help USCRI continue to provide housing, legal services, ESL, mental health services, job placement, and case management services to recently arrived refugees and immigrants. Pre-registration is required.

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