When you attend your first Oaks and Spokes Festival event, be sure to pick up a spoke card! Bring it with you to festival events for a chance to win prizes at the Finale on Sunday April 13th. Want to know more? Read on!
If you attended the Oaks and Spokes Festival last year, you might remember the two-wheeled charity and game extravaganza on Hargett Street known as Crank for a Cause. It’s back this year, organized and supported by Crank Arm Brewery. There will be bands, fun, Trolley Pub rides, and of course, delicious local beer. Bring some friends to make a team and ride a trainer to raise money for the American Diabetes Association.
There’s no minimum mileage or pace to achieve, just get on your bike and pedal. The whole point is raising money for a great cause, all the while highlighting Raleigh’s generous bicycle culture and community. Crank Arm Brewery will have plenty of beer and there will be food trucks on site to refuel hungry pedalers. Dylan of Crank Arm has also worked with Raleigh Trolley Pub for ’round the block rides during the event. All this, plus some great local bands.
You’ll want to sign up soon. All the registration info is in this link.
With the festival just a few short weeks away, Oaks and Spokes asks what people are most looking forward to in this year’s line-up. With so many events to choose from, it’s no surprise we got a lot of different responses.
What does this mean for you? You probably need to check out every event! Of course, all the information is available RIGHT HERE.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Brandon Casper, Festival Director, Oaks & Spokes
Grassroots bicycle festival returns for second year of fun and festivities
Raleigh, NC – The second annual Oaks & Spokes Bicycle Festival will take place in Raleigh from April 4-13. The Festival will include events like the popular Triangle Tweed Ride, a bike-in movie, bicycle scavenger hunt, as well as a variety of other cycling events that foster community engagement. The events are spread across several downtown Raleigh venues.
“The Oaks & Spokes Bicycle Festival brings together a diverse group of cyclists. It encourages the growth of Raleigh’s cycling community by offering events that are geared towards cycling as an activity as opposed to cycling for sport,” said Kristy Jackson, co-founder of Oaks & Spokes. “Our schedule and support has grown from last year and will appeal to families, young professionals and students. Bicycling isn’t just for enthusiasts, it’s for everyone.”
The festival kicks off on First Friday, April 4 with Bike First Friday, where riders meet at the North Carolina State University Belltower. The ride showcases art and nightlife in downtown Raleigh, including the Raleigh Bikes Art Show in City Market.
On April 5, day two of the festival, NCSU Wolfpack Environmental Student Association hosts the WESAcat, a downtown Raleigh scavenger hunt that participants complete by bike. The Triangle Tweed Ride occurs April 6, where vintage fashion, picnics, and a slow cruise around the historic neighborhoods of Raleigh are all on the docket.
The full 10 day schedule of events is available online and also includes a social bike ride, bicycle maintenance event for charity, a public forum with city officials to share ideas about shaping the future of bicycling in Raleigh, Kidical Mass ride geared toward children, bike polo tournament, bike parts swap, and more.
Oaks & Spokes aims to promote and sustain cycling culture in Raleigh through events, community engagement and advocacy. More information on Oaks & Spokes—both the organization and the Oaks & Spokes Festival – can be found at www.oaksandspokes.com.