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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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.
It’s finally the first official weekend of Summer, and it’s full of opportunities to get out and ride! Here are a few events worth checking out this weekend:
Start your Saturday off with the Bike MS Training Ride sponsored by Carolina Brewing Company! Route lengths vary from 2.5 to 60 miles, and there is no registration or fee required. After the ride, you will have the opportunity to register for a Fall Bike MS event at a discounted price, get your bike inspected for Bike MS ride weekend and hang out with fellow cyclists and Bike MS staff. Beer and food will be available for purchase.
Quench your thirst for adventure on the Swift Bike Campout with Oak City Cycling Project on Saturday night. Campers will meet at OCCP at 5:30 for an 18 mile ride to Umstead State Park, mostly on and in bike lanes, greenways, and crushed gravel roads. The event is self-supported, and all participants should come prepared with their own camping gear and food. This is a family friendly event!
For those of you who can’t make the campout, considering joining us at The Well Fed Community Garden for their First Annual Blackberry Festival from 4-9pm. There will be live music, fun activities for the whole family, and blackberry cobbler from Irregardless Cafe made with fresh blackberries from the garden! We’ll be providing bike parking at the event, as well as talking to people about our Cycletrack Project, the RDU Forest Trail Center, and other advocacy issues we are currently interested in.
Close out your weekend with The Welcome Ride, a fundraiser sponsored by USCRI NC to raise money for their continued efforts to support the needs of recently placed immigrants and refugees in North Carolina. Choose between a 26 or 53 mile route to be completed at your own pace, with mechanical support and rest stops along the way. End at Trophy on Maywood and enjoy a spread of international foods representing the cultures and countries of refugees and immigrants! Pre-registration has ended, but you can still sign up the day of with cash or check.
Have a great weekend, and happy riding!
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.