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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!

Festival Volunteers Needed!

Can you believe it?! This year’s Oaks & Spokes Bicycle Festival starts in just two days! We’re excited to get rolling, but we still need a few more volunteers to help out with some of the events.

Our greatest need is for the Marbles Kids Museum Bike Rodeo this Saturday, May 6th. Volunteers will help participants adjust helmets and bikes and provide overall bike expertise and excitement for the kiddos.

Other needs include volunteers to man stations at the Raleigh Cat, and ride support (sweeps, anchors, etc.) for the Bike MS Ride, Mural Ride, Bike-In Movie, City Market Ride, Light Up the Night Ride, and CycloFemme Ride.

If you’re interested in helping out at these or other events, please sign up here. Volunteers get a free Oaks & Spokes t-shirt, an invitation to the Festival  after-party, and–most importantly–the chance to hang out and have fun with some rad bike folks!

We’ll see you soon! As always, thanks for riding your bike. 🙂

Participants needed for Bike Fashion Show!

Calling all fashionistas! We are still seeking individuals to ride the runway for the Bike Fashion Show on Friday May 12th, part of this year’s annual Oaks and Spokes Bicycle Festival.

In the public eye, cycling is associated with tight, garish Lycra clothing. While such kit has its place on sporty club rides, savvy urban cyclists know it is entirely possible to look good both on and off the bike. This event will showcase fashion forward looks for the everyday cyclist, demonstrating one can be comfortable on the ride and stylish at the destination.

Entrants for this show will model an outfit of their choice that they feel best exhibits the qualities of comfort, style, and utility while on a bike.  Typical fashion shows are showcases for designers, but this show will place the emphasis on the rider, as ordinary folks show off their favorite city cycling garb. As well as individuals, we invite couples who wish to model together, and parents with children who want to show how they get around town as a family.

Interested? Please sign up here! Still have questions? Email ken@oaksandspokes.com for more details. And finally, check out the Bike Fashion Show event page on Facebook for more information and to RSVP.

2017 Oaks & Spokes Festival Event Line Up

Festival time is nearly upon us! Check out our event line-up and mark your calendars for your favorites. We’ve got a couple of brand new events this year that we’re really excited about–we hope to see you there!

The festival kicks off on the morning of  Friday, May 5th with the Capital City Ride, a short bike ride where you can mingle with your local government officials and City of Raleigh employees.  After meeting at the Dorothea Dix Soccer Park, the ride will travel along low-stress streets and greenways and finish at the State Capitol Building where light refreshments will be served.

Later that evening, join us for the First Friday premiere of this year’s Raleigh Bikes Art Show at Morning Times, where local cycling enthusiasts will display bike related art, including paintings, photos, sculpture, sketches, prints, and crafts. Many of the works on display will also be available for purchase.  Come out and see the show on it’s own, or as part of the First Friday Gallery Tour hosted by Crank Arm Brewing. The works will be on display throughout the month of May. We’ll be accepting submissions for the show until April 17th, so if you would like to be featured please email a high res photo and the details of your work to bikeart@oaksandspokes.com.

On Saturday, May 6th, Marbles Kids Museum will be hosting it’s annual Bike Rodeo, in partnership with the RPD Bike Patrol. This is a fun, family friendly event where kids can learn or practice bike skills and safety.  Stop by for a variety of activities and bike themed fun, including safety demonstrations, five-point maintenance checks and helmet fittings, three-part communication cycling track, healthy snack stations, Bike Bling, a children’s bike swap, and more!

That same afternoon we will be partnering with Bike MS and Team On Draft for a celebratory event to kick off Bike Month: the Bike MS Picnic & Ride! This NEW EVENT will feature a 25 mile greenway ride with Team On Draft, as well as an 8 mile Grocery Grab Tour lead by two of our very own board members.  Both routes will begin and end in Anderson Point Park and will be followed by a group picnic!

Sunday, May 7th, we are proud to usher in another brand new event: 7 Murals + 7 Stories! Join us for a slow afternoon ride between seven of Raleigh’s amazing murals, starting at the Cardinal Bar. The ride at will end at King’s Barcade for 7 Stories, a monthly story-telling event where seven individuals each tell a story based on a central theme.  There will also be the opportunity to view some pieces from the Raleigh Bikes Art Show that were too large for the original venue.

The next week of the festival starts off with a fan favorite, the annual Bike-In Movie on Monday, May 8th at Mission Valley Cinema. This year’s cinematic offering is Wadjda, the story of a 10-year-old Saudi Arabian girl who challenges deep-rooted Saudi traditions in a determined quest to buy a bicycle. Concessions will be available through Mission Valley, in addition to bike-powered smoothies, and beer from our event sponsor Trophy Brewing!

On Tuesday, May 9th, join us for the City Market Ride, a casual cruise around the outskirts of downtown Raleigh followed by pizza and socializing at Vic’s Restaurant & Pizzeria. This event is sure to be a nostalgic one for many, as it is being organized by one of the original members of the Benelux Cafe Cycling Club!

Get ready to Light Up the Night with Crank Arm Brewing! On Wednesday, May 10th we’re putting a fun twist on this weekly social ride. Bedeck your bike in twinkling finery and join us for a short ride around downtown to show off your style. Be as garrish and creative as you like–the crazier the better! Afterward we’ll wind down back at Crank Arm with refreshments and local brews, and a bike light giveaway courtesy of the City of Raleigh.

Thursday, May 11th brings the chance to try something new with the Raleigh Bike Polo Rookie Invite Night at Tarboro Road Community Center.  Riders of all ages and skill levels are welcome to test their boundaries and learn about the exciting, fast-paced game that is bike polo. There will be mixed level matches, mini-games, music, and of course: BBQ!

Rounding out the weekday events is another brand new event on Friday, May 12th. We’re excited to present to you: our Bike Fashion Show! Forget about stretchy Lycra, and come out to Dorothea Dix Campus to watch fabulous local cyclists model their most fashion-forward yet practical outfits for cycling to work, the park, the store, or to a night out on the town. Singles, couples, and families will show off styles from their own closets, while local merchants and designers will model their bike-friendly wares and designs. Want to ride the runway? Have a design you want featured? Sign up here to get involved in the show!

The second festival weekend brings another traditional event, the Raleigh Cat! This year’s race on Saturday, May 13th starts at the Spring Hill Cyclocross Track on Dorothea Dix Campus, and will be a more traditional style alley cat involving addresses and carrying items. Race for fun — or for glory — the choice is yours! All ages and skill levels are going to have a good time regardless; the race is only as serious as you make it. The finish line will be at Drink Drank Drunk with prizes and an after party to follow.

To close out our festival, join us Sunday, May 14th, for a special Mother’s Day event known as the CycloFemme Ride! CycloFemme is a nationally recognized movement bringing together woman cyclists of all skill levels for a ride of celebration. What better way to celebrate the women in your life on Mother’s Day?! Bring your mother, daughter, sister, aunt, friend, co-worker, whomever! This ride will be about 8 miles and will be “No Drop” meaning no rider will be left behind. Join us afterwards for a picnic in the park!

*All our events are family friendly and suitable for all ages and abilities. While they are bike themed, many of the events do not require participants to bring or ride a bike. Events that do involve riding a bike are “ride at your own risk” and wearing helmets is strongly suggested.*