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Cranksgiving 2016 is this Sunday!

Join us this Sunday for our annual Food Drive Bike Ride, Cranksgiving! Last year more than 100 participants rode their bikes to area grocery stores to collect over 1400 lbs of food to donate to Raleigh Rescue Mission, more than double the amount collected in 2014. We hope you’ll come out this year to help us beat last years record. Find more information and RSVP on the event page.

This year we will also be collecting new or gently used winter coats to donate. If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please send us an email at



Tweed Ride is Coming!!!

tweed logoSave the date for the Triangle Tweed Ride!

On November 6, 2016 throw on your old school duds (really old school… great depression style) and go on a leisurely cruise to the Rose Garden for a picnic.  At the Rose Garden we will enjoy snacks, yard games, and revelry.  Hopefully the stock market won’t tank.

Get your tweed on!

2016 North Carolina Bike Summit Scholarship Application

Interested in learning about how communities across North Carolina are leveraging bicycling to spur economic development? Attend the North Carolina Bike Summit in Asheville on September 16th and 17th and let Oaks & Spokes help you with the registration fee! Apply by Tuesday, August 2nd to be considered for a scholarship which will cover the cost of registration to the Bike Summit. Oaks & Spokes is also partnering with Asheville on Bikes to provide simple lodging accommodations and can assist with carpooling options.

Apply here:

Oaks and Spokes Bicycling Festival 2016

Being on a bike brings you closer to community, to nature, and to yourself. From community comes ideas, and from visibility comes reality. Be a part of Oaks and Spokes Festival 2016.

Sun May 1stRaleigh Cat Get your fix on in a bicycle-powered scavenger hunt engaging you, your friends and your community.  Get rolling and get prizes.
Mon May 2ndBike-In Movie: No Hand King Rodney Hines is a familiar sight in Raleigh, riding his bike on one wheel, flags attached and flapping, through city streets. Ride on in and catch this flick on the big screen.
Tue May 3rdRaleigh Roots Ride  Join us as we explore downtown Raleigh’s most intriguing historical sites by bike. Find out just how much you really know about Raleigh’s unique history.
Wed May 4thCrank Arm Social Ride Get your butt in gear and drink beer.  The ride departs from a downtown Raleigh brewery every Wednesday, and we’ll kick it up a notch for the Festival.
Thu May 5thRaleigh Bike Polo: Rookie Invite Night Come out to find new friends, cruise leisurely, and learn some skills at bicycle polo!  Enjoy a BBQ and snacks with the crew!
Fri May 6thRaleigh Bikes Art Show (SUBMIT Art until April 18!) Mingle and mix among custom hand-made bicycle frames, bike related paintings, photos, sculpture, sketches, prints, crafts and more.  Featuring work from local artists!
Sat May 7thMarbles Kids Museum Bike Rodeo If your tyke has a trike or a bike, bring them to the skills course where kids will learn a slew of bike safety smarts.
Sun May 8thLady Bike Gang: CycloFemme Ride Join women around the globe as they celebrate women, create communities and remember how good shared momentum feels.
Davon Bruno's winning entry for the Oaks and Spokes 2016 design contest
Davon Bruno’s winning entry for the Oaks and Spokes 2016 design contest!

Oaks & Spokes Presents Raleigh’s 2nd Annual Cranksgiving : A Food Drive Bike Ride to Benefit the Raleigh Rescue Mission

Oaks & Spokes presents the second annual mobile food dive, Cranksgiving Raleigh 2015. This event is a Food Drive Bike Ride to collect food donations to support the Raleigh Rescue Mission.  Registration begins at 1 pm at Crank Arm Brewing Company on Sunday November 22nd. Riders will set out on this self guided grocery ride will start at 1:30 pm and can participate as an individual or a team.

Cranksgiving Raleigh
At Cranksgiving Raleigh, there’s a lot to be thankful for.

Registration is free for this ride, but be sure to bring a small amount of money ($15-$20 suggested) to purchase food donations.  Bicyclists are encouraged to bring a a bag , panniers, or cargo trailer to carry goods in addition to a bike lock.  After shopping, partncipatns will return to Crank Arm Brewing Company for the “weigh-in” of their collected items and enjoy an after party with a raffle drawing for prizes.

Cranksgiving Raleigh 2014
At the 2014 Cranksgiving Raleigh, bicyclists collected 620 pounds of food including a dozen frozen turkeys and hams!

“It’s a unique opportunity to combine holiday giving with getting a little exercise. It’s not a race. Families come out and friends work in teams to carry the items they will donate. They have a good time and get to experience shopping by bicycle in the city.  Oaks & Spokes hopes that by participating in Cranksgiving people will be encouraged to take more short trips by bicycle in Raleigh” said Oaks & Spokes member Kristy Jackson.  Julia Garland added, “Cranksgving is a great way for new riders to get to know Raleigh because you can go at your own pace. When you map out the different places you need to go, chances are you’ll end up discovering routes you have never taken and parts of the city you’ve never seen.”

Cranksgiving Raleigh
Ride your bikes to grocery stores and the farmers market with friends and give back to the community. Oaks & Spokes hopes events like Cranksgiving will encourage people to utilize sustainable forms of transportation, like bicycling and walking around our city.

“Last year we road our bikes  around Raleigh, from the farmers markets to the grocery stores, and collected food. It was so rewarding to give back to the community while having fun,” extended Oaks & Spokes member Evan Brigham.  So come out this Thanksgiving season and have a little fun while supporting your local community!

The first Cranksgiving occurred in New York City in 1999 and now is a national bike event throughout the United States. In 2014, Oaks & Spokes hosted Raleigh’s first Cranksgiving where participants collected 620 pounds of food, including a dozen frozen turkeys and hams for the Raleigh Rescue Mission.

If you go:

  • Oaks and Spokes Cranksgiving: A Food Drive Bike Ride
  • Sunday November 22nd
  • Registration @ 1PM, Ride at 1:30PM
  • Crank Arm Brewery, 319 W Davie St, Raleigh, NC 27601
  • Bring:  A bicycle, lock and means to transport groceries (bag, panniers, cargo trailer)

Cranksgiving Raleigh 2015 Poster