Category Archives: Friday Fun

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!

Friday Fun on the 4th

Nancy McFarlane bicycle mayor

Nancy McFarlane welcomes you to Raleigh from the back of this here rickshaw.  Getting downtown to the fireworks by bike is an excellent option.

Oaks and Spokes wants you to ride responsibly tonight, whatever your destination or mode may be!   Have fun out there.

Photo Friday: Hitting the Dusty Trail!

Reedy Creek Trail at Umstead State Forest
Reedy Creek Trail at Umstead State Forest

It’s getting towards that time of year where it’s “too cold to ride” for some people. My advice? Head out to some of the awesome local trails we have available! There’s usually less of a cutting wind, and riding on the dirt is really fun. You could ride almost any kind of bike through Umstead Forest’s Reedy Creek Trail, and Lake Crabtree on the other side of Umstead has some really accessible mountain bike trails. You could spend all winter on the trainer, or…you could go out and ride.

On the red carpet: The 2013 Golden Modes

We just got back from Go Triangle’s 2013 Golden Modes, an annual Triangle-area commuter award and recognition event. This year it was held in the beautifully re-purposed downtown Cary Arts Center. There were many multi-modal users and organizations being recognized for encouraging others to try alternative commute modes and efforts to make the Triangle a better place.  Continue reading On the red carpet: The 2013 Golden Modes

Photo Friday: Yarnbomb!

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While maybe not technically cycling related, I thought this was a fun thing to touch on today. All around downtown, someone has been yarnbombing street signs and bike racks. Yarnbombing is a sort of street art that brings color into otherwise bland urban infrastructure. It serves a practical purpose as well, helping to protect your bike’s frame from scratches as you lock up. I don’t know who is doing this, but I like it! In particular, I think the additions to the animal racks outside of Chuck’s/Beasley’s/Fox at Martin and Wilmington are adorable. What’s your favorite bit of street art?