An Epic Tour & what it means to be a co-op

This September Raleigh was blessed with an inspiring visitor from the Other Carolina. Eric Morton hails from Charleston, SC and found himself in Raleigh during a bit of a bicycle anomaly: Hopscotch + Bike First Friday. Just three weeks into a year-long, cross-country bicycle tour, Eric rolled into downtown hoping to scope out a good meeting spot by seeking parked bicycles. The problem was: everything was covered in bicycles.

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Eric at the Raleigh Bike Polo picnic

Cyclists tend to gravitate together, so it wasn’t long before Eric found some members of Raleigh Bike Polo scoping out the Hopscotch happenings. There was soon a  critical mass of bike-love at the City Plaza stage. Many stories were shared and folks were very interested in Eric’s journey and plan.  Click ahead to hear about Eric’s cross-country trek and some insights on what it means to be a bicycle co-op.

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See Click Fix (it up) in Raleigh

Bicyclists travel at about 12-15mph.  We’re not inside a glass bubble.  We cover a lot of ground and are able to see, smell, and hear the things that happen around us.  We notice the day-to-day changes with relative ease on our morning commutes or afternoon rambles on the greenway.  We’re sure to see maintenance issues as our rubber tires roll.  It’s not that issue reporting falls to bicyclists alone, but we are driving the perfect vehicle for making sure that things are up to snuff in Raleigh.

What is See Click Fix?

This is the platform that the City of Raleigh encourages residents to use for reporting non-emergency issue in their neighborhood.  Read on and you will see how quick and easy it is to use if you spot a problem.

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Photo Friday: No Flag? No Country!

The Oaks and Spokes flag flies high in Downtown Raleigh.  We just hope no one captures it.

Oaks and Spokes vies for downtown in this game of flags.
Oaks and Spokes vies for downtown in this game of flags at SPARKcon.

See more about the cunning use of flags here:

Lock it or Lose it! How to Lock Up Your Bike (Properly)

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Good theft prevention

Losing your bike to theft sucks! Just ask one of the many people who have had to deal with this terrible situation. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to help prevent this from happening. Check out the information in this article to help protect your ride from thieving hands.

Here’s a glimpse of what could happen if you don’t practice good lock usage, a poor bike left overnight during downtown Raleigh’s Hopscotch music festival.

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Results of poor lock usage

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The search for a home: Raleigh Bike Polo’s journey

Since its beginnings over a year ago, Raleigh Bike Polo has grown. It’s grown a lot. The first polo games were born at a downtown parking deck with 5-7 people. Now the weekly practice regularly has 20 or 30 people and the club has over 140 followers online. They host community picnics and attract out of town bicyclists to events both small and large.  Despite their success, founder Michelle Willcox says the group has been searching for a home the “entire time Raleigh Bike Polo has been in existence.”

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Oaks and Spokes joined Raleigh Bike Polo for polo picnic event in September 2013

SUPPORT RALEIGH BIKE POLO

Action:  Attend Raleigh Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee meeting

NOTE THIS ACTION IS NOW CANCELLED DUE TO AN ARRANGEMENT BEING WORKED OUT BETWEEN RALEIGH PARKS AND RECREATION AND RALEIGH BIKE POLO TO USE THE COURTS.  WE’LL KEEP YOU POSTED!

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Bring: Your bike helmet to show yourself as a member of Raleigh’s burgeoning bicycle community and to show support for Raleigh Bike Polo. 

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