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2017 Cranksgiving is this Sunday!

It’s time to finalize your strategy, round up your team, and get your bike ready for a good ol’ fashioned self-powered, two-wheeled food drive bike ride!

Last year, we hauled in over 2,300 pounds of food with the collective effort of more than 120 cyclists. Let’s get out there this year and benefit the Raleigh Rescue Mission once again! Registration begins at 1pm.

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!

This year, we have several prize categories to participate in and we’re featuring mini-missions! The Pedal Pusher category  will have its own circuit that is required to complete in order to qualify for the prize of a Surly 24-pack rack and porteur house bag. Otherwise, it is up to you which routes you take and which locations you visit. (Please note that teams are limited to 5 individuals per team in order to qualify for team prizes.)

Before the ride, the Trek Bicycle Raleigh Holly Park crew will be doing bike checks to assure you’re ready to roll!

Cranksgiving 2017 Categories
Cranksgiving 2017: Mission #1
Cranksgiving 2017: Mission #2
Cranksgiving 2017: Mission #3

Check out our event page to see more about the event details, prizes, and participant curiosities.

Thank you for riding your bike!

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!

Tour de Cove

Bicycling communities are known for being as tight-knit as our Lycra. So when Lori Cove was severely injured by a hit-and-run driver last October while riding in Cary with several other experienced cyclists, it shook many of us to the core. The fact that this could happen to a 6-time Ironman finisher and accomplished cyclist was extremely shocking and upsetting.
At the time of the incident, Lori was the Director of the Town of Cary’s Transportation and Facilities department, working to ensure safe and efficient transportation for her community. Although I had never met Lori in person, I knew her name through work that my firm has done with the Town of Cary. She has a reputation as a gregarious person and intense competitor.
Lori’s recovery has been slow but steady, thanks to her fighting spirit and constant support from friends and family. These same caregivers are hosting the Tour de Cove in Lori’s honor on Saturday, October 7th in Cary. The all-day fundraiser will start with a 20- and 50-mile bike ride and 2.5-mile walk, followed by tricycle races, a bike toss, a corn hole tournament, live music, and silent auction. The proceeds will be used to help cover Lori’s medical expenses.
Registration is still open for this all-ages event. Please visit http://www.tourdecove.com/ to read Lori’s story and get details about the event. Whether you knew Lori or not, your participation will send a message of solidarity to our community: We are here, we support one another, and we will not stop pushing until cycling is safe for everyone.
Written by Meg Bryson, an Oaks and Spokes Advocacy & Marketing Committee Member and valued volunteer.

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.