Category Archives: Festival 2017

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!

It’s Dangerous To Go Alone. Take This!

Front and Rear Bike Lights

Raleigh’s unpredictable weather means a chance of rain tonight for Oaks and Spokes’ Light Up the Night Ride. We plan to be at Crank Arm, regardless of the weather, to proceed with our celebration of bikes and more importantly — our bike light giveaway! Thanks to the City of Raleigh and Go Triangle, we are stocked with a supply of bike lights to give to any cyclist that needs them.

Law requires cyclists to have a front and rear light!
Ill-equipped for nighttime riding and optimal visibility? Come by Crank Arm tonight from 7-9pm to receive your lights to be better prepared for the adventures that await you!

Our scheduled Light Up the Night Ride may still happen at 7:45pm, should we deem the weather conditions to be safe to ride. If the ride is postponed due to rain, we will have a game night inside!

We encourage you to come out and enjoy a Crank Arm brew of your choice, play some games, and meet other cyclists within your community! A portion of the proceeds from the evening will be donated back to Oaks and Spokes — so invite a friend and help light up the night, whether it be outdoors with our bikes or inside with great company and conversation.

Hope to see you there and, of course, thank you 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.

Busy week for cycling enthusiasts

The weather is beautiful, and there’s something fun nearly every day this week for those looking to get outside and get on their bikes! Here’s a select list of events we think you’ll enjoy.

Monday, April 17th we’re partnering with the NC Composting Council for Sustainable Spirits to showcase two transportation related projects: the art installation Particle Falls and a Linear Cycle Track Project. This event is a casual monthly gathering for the sustainability community organized by the NCCC and other environmentally conscious organizations.

Tuesday, April 18th, Salsa Cycles is holding a FREE bike demo at Lake Crabtree County Park. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to try one of their awesome products before you buy.

Wednesday, April 19th,  join Raleigh Bike Polo for their monthly WTF (women/trans/femme) Night. This is an event that strives to create a positive space for women (trans & cis-gendered) and gender non-binary folk who are interested in learning what bike polo is about.

This month’s Third Thursday Cruiser by Oak City Cycling Project is going to be extra special. Join us and OCCP on Thursday, April 20th at 7pm as we celebrate the life of our dear departed friend Carl Barnett with happy anecdotes, a bike ride, and a silent auction to benefit the Historic Mordecai Park.

Saturday the 22nd is Earth Day! Celebrate your mother with Botany by Bicycle, a collaboration between Extra Terrestrial Projects, Clean Air Carolina, and the East Coast Greenway Alliance. Explore the spring plants of the Walnut and Crabtree Creek Trails on an 18 mile ride, followed by drinks and a viewing of the Particle Falls exhibit downtown.

Get your miles in for a good cause at the annual Ride for Choice in Carrboro on Sunday, April 23rd. Two ride lengths are offered (24 or 54 miles) through the rolling hills of outer Carrboro, followed by beers and brats at the Looking Glass Cafe.

Round off your full week of bike-eventing with the Liv Women’s Fix-a-Flat Clinic at the Ridgewood All-Star Bike Shop on Monday, April 24th. Get hands on, step-by-step instruction on how to change a flat tire and remove/reinstall a front and rear wheel. All levels, riding styles and experience encouraged to attend!

Monday the 24th is also the (new) deadline for artist submissions for our Raleigh Bikes Art Show, the kick-off event for this year’s annual  Oaks & Spokes Bicycle Festival.  Send your submissions to bikeart@oaksandspokes.com to be considered.  Don’t forget to check out the line-up for the rest of our awesome festival events while you’re at it!

Happy riding!