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March 2017 Newsletter

Get excited, Spring is almost here!

With the weather steadily improving and more daylight hours available, many of us are itching to get back in the saddle and work out some of the rust in our bones. There are several opportunities coming up for riders to get on the road and take advantage of the warm weather.

Oaks & Spokes has once again teamed up with Tour de Brew for their annual brewery bike tour on April 8th. This event is a fun way to explore the city, spend time with friends, and raise money for a good cause. If you haven’t already, please register today and start fundraising!

Regardless of whether you form a team, ride alone, or don’t register at all please consider volunteering to assist this wonderful cause. Volunteer needs include ride leaders, sweeps, and middle-of-the-packers as well as folks to help out with registration and other on-site roles. If you’re interested in helping out please add your contact information here or send an email to info@tourdebrew.org. We hope to see you there!

We recently posted an article to our website with several upcoming cycling related events and rides throughout the Spring. We hope to have a more vibrant and comprehensive calendar of events available on our website in the future. If you are hosting or know of any bike events or weekly social rides that you’d like to see included, please send us a Facebook message or email at info@oaksandspokes.com. You can also check out BikeRaleigh for more rides and events.


Bicycle facility updates!

The City of Raleigh is drafting the RFP to get proposals from potential Bike Share vendors/operators and hopes to release it soon. Once they select an operator, they will be focusing on identifying station locations. We’ll keep you up to date on any BikeShare developments as they become available. In the meantime, you can check out the Bike Share Feasibility Report or offer your suggestions for potential bikeshare station locations here.

The City of Raleigh Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission (BPAC) meets on the third Monday of each month. This month’s meeting will be on March 20th at 6:00pm in the Council Chambers at the Raleigh Municipal Building (222 W. Hargett Street). If you’re interested in learning more about what the City of Raleigh has in store for bicycle infrastructure and community engagement, join our Advocacy Committee members at the meeting. Email the Advocacy Coordinator, Molly McKinley, at molly@oaksandspokes.com for more information.


It’s that time again!

We are incredibly excited to announce the official 2017 Oaks & Spokes Annual Bicycle Festival event line-up! This year the festival features ten days of fun events from Friday, May 5th to Sunday, May 14th:

  • May 5th: Capital City Ride and First Friday Bike Ride and Art Show
  • May 6th: Bike Rodeo, presented by Marbles Kid’s Museum
  • May 7th: Raleigh Mural Ride
  • May 8th: Bike-In Movie
  • May 9th: City Market Ride & Social
  • May 10th: Light Up the Night Ride with Crank Arm Brewing
  • May 11th: Rookie Invite Night with Raleigh Bike Polo
  • May 12th: Bike Fashion Show
  • May 13th: Raleigh Cat, presented by The Overlap
  • May 14th: Cyclofemme Ride, presented by Lady Bike Gang

We will be accepting submissions for the Bike Art Show until April 17th. To submit a work for the show, please email a high resolution photo and the details of your work (media, dimensions, and price, if you wish to sell) to bikeart@oaksandspokes.com. There is no submission fee. Artists whose work is selected for the show will be notified by April 21st.

Full festival details will be released soon, so stay tuned to our Facebook page and website!

Carl Barnett was a much loved member of the downtown biking community who died on September 1st, 2016. On April 20th, Oak City Cycling Project will host a ride commemorating Carl’s unique legacy. He graced many bike events with his fun-loving spirit and uniquely modified bikes. Please join us to celebrate his life and share some of his friends cherished anecdotes. There will also be a silent auction of some of Carl’s prized possessions starting Friday, April 14th and ending the night of the ride. Proceeds will benefit the Historic Mordecai Park. Please contact Renee Foster at renee@oaksandspokes.com for more information.

Whether you’re cruising down the road or traversing the trails, Cycling Spoken Here knows that the more you ride your bike, the more you’ll love it. CSH is a community bike shop in Cary, NC that hosts a ton of great social rides geared toward everyone from beginners to experts. On top of group rides, they also host tons of useful workshops and events to help you grow as a cyclist. Check out their website for more information and a detailed calendar of events.

We’re happy to have been invited to the table to discuss ideas for the RDU Forest Trail Center which could include a bicycling “super highway” along I-40 to better connect the Triangle. Big thanks to Wake County Commissioner Sig Hutchinson and Natalie Lew, an avid local MTB trails proponent and activist, for thinking big and moving not only this project forward, but thinking more holistically about funding and implementing these plans. Stay tuned as these projects develop! You can learn more about the bikeway proposal and why we’re so excited about the possibility here.

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February 2017 Newsletter

Say hello to your new board members!

In January we held our first annual membership party and elections, and it was nothing short of amazing. We are continually blown away by how supportive, energetic, and diverse our community is. It is folks such as yourselves that give us the energy to do what we do.We were honored to have several talented individuals seeking a position on the board. Everyone gave wonderful, passionate speeches and the effects were apparent. This was an incredibly close race, and there were no wrong choices. Without further ado this year’s new board members are:

  • Administrative Coordinator: Ken Bowers
  • At Large Coordinator: Renee Foster
  • At Large Coordinator: Athena Wollin
  • External Coordinator: Harry Rybacki
  • Membership Coordinator: Hannah Rainey

We are looking forward to working with each of you over the next two years as we continue to mature our organization and make riding a bike in Raleigh a safe, convenient, and comfortable option for people of all ages and abilities.

It’s festival time, and we need your help!

Since it’s inception in 2012, the Oaks and Spokes Bicycle Festival has relied on passionate individuals in the cycling community coming together to make this annual celebration happen. Keeping with tradition we’re inviting you, our community, to help us plan YOUR festival for 2017.Loved a past event and know the perfect way to make it even better? Have a great idea for a new event, something that’s never been done before? Just want to get more involved? Let us know! This is your opportunity to share your passion with the rest of us. If you’re interested in helping out, either as an event planner or a volunteer, please sign up here. The first meeting will take place Friday, February 17th from 7-9 pm at the Red Hat Annex. You can also RSVP and stay up-to-date on the event page.In addition to the Festival Committee, we also have two other standing committees that meet year round and are always looking for new members. The Advocacy Committee, chaired by board member Molly McKinley, has it’s next meeting on Wednesday, February 22nd from 6:30 to 8:30 at Morning Times. Email Molly at mollymckinleync@gmail.com for more information. Marketing & Outreach Committee meets on the last Tuesday of every month from 6:30 to 8:30 at Morning Times, and is chaired by board member Dawn Keyser, who can be reached at edkeyser@gmail.com.

Save the date for these upcoming events.

Still searching for something fun to do with your Valentine this year? Take them to Durham! Ponysaurus Brewing’s monthly Cruiser Ride happens to fall on Valentine’s Day this year. As a bonus, they’re also hosting a Last Minute Market with gifts from local businesses for all you perpetual procrastinators out there.If Valentine’s weekend has you traveling a little farther West, consider checking out Bike Love, the annual fundraiser for Asheville on Bikes. Sponsored by New Belgium Brewing, the event features a bike raffle, silent auction, and (of course) beer from New Belgium.Bike!Bike! Southeast 2017 is being held in Alexandria, Va. on March 16-19! This event is a regional gathering of community bike shops, co-ops and collectives to celebrate inclusive cycling community and to share knowledge. It will be a weekend of fun, friends, and workshops punctuated with fun rides and nighttime activities. Registration is open now, we hope to see you there!Once again we are teaming up with Tour de Brew for their annual brewery bike tour on Saturday, April 8th. This event is a fun way to explore the city, spend time with friends, and raise money for a good cause. Get your team together and register today to start fundraising! We’re also looking for volunteers to act as ride leaders and liaisons, send an email to info@oaksandspokes.com or info@tourdebrew.org for more information.Combine your love of cycling and your love of women’s rights at the Fourth Annual Ride for Choice on April 23rd in Carrboro. The event offers two ride lengths, approximately 24 or 54 miles, with rest stops and emergency support along the way. There’s also an optional after party at Looking Glass Cafe following the ride!

 

OTHER NEWS:

New APBP Chapter in North Carolina

We had a great time at last weeks Kickoff Social for the new NC chapter of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals. The goal of the chapter is to inspire face to face interactions, foster mentoring, and encourage a cross pollination of ideas and energy between local APBP members. Visit their website to learn more, register for helpful webinars, or even become a member to have access to benefits like professional development seminars, scholarship programs, and reduced fees on webinars.

OCCP IS HIRING

For the first time in nearly six years of being open, Oak City Cycling Project is putting out the call for a new full-time employee! “A passion for cycling is a must. A passion for community is also a must. Bike shop experience is not required, but is a plus.” If interested, you can drop off your resumé and cover letter in person at OCCP. If you don’t live in town but are moving to the area, you can email your documents to squirrely@oakcitycycling.com. They are accepting applications over the next few weeks and hope to bring someone on by the beginning of March.

 

CYCLUS SPORTS

There’s a new race team in town! Please join us in welcoming Cyclus Sports to the Raleigh scene. We’re excited about this company because of their commitment to community. They utilize a unique business model that emphasizes local team development and partnerships with local businesses. Last weekend the team co-hosted a social ride from Crank Arm Brewing, and hopes to continue with similar events. Stay tuned to the Crank Arm Cycling Club page for future rides.

 

Exciting Bike Month Events!

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