2017 Oaks & Spokes Festival Event Line Up

Festival time is nearly upon us! Check out our event line-up and mark your calendars for your favorites. We’ve got a couple of brand new events this year that we’re really excited about–we hope to see you there!

The festival kicks off on the morning of  Friday, May 5th with the Capital City Ride, a short bike ride where you can mingle with your local government officials and City of Raleigh employees.  After meeting at the Dorothea Dix Soccer Park, the ride will travel along low-stress streets and greenways and finish at the State Capitol Building where light refreshments will be served.

Later that evening, join us for the First Friday premiere of this year’s Raleigh Bikes Art Show at Morning Times, where local cycling enthusiasts will display bike related art, including paintings, photos, sculpture, sketches, prints, and crafts. Many of the works on display will also be available for purchase.  Come out and see the show on it’s own, or as part of the First Friday Gallery Tour hosted by Crank Arm Brewing. The works will be on display throughout the month of May. We’ll be accepting submissions for the show until April 17th, so if you would like to be featured please email a high res photo and the details of your work to bikeart@oaksandspokes.com.

On Saturday, May 6th, Marbles Kids Museum will be hosting it’s annual Bike Rodeo, in partnership with the RPD Bike Patrol. This is a fun, family friendly event where kids can learn or practice bike skills and safety.  Stop by for a variety of activities and bike themed fun, including safety demonstrations, five-point maintenance checks and helmet fittings, three-part communication cycling track, healthy snack stations, Bike Bling, a children’s bike swap, and more!

That same afternoon we will be partnering with Bike MS and Team On Draft for a celebratory event to kick off Bike Month: the Bike MS Picnic & Ride! This NEW EVENT will feature a 25 mile greenway ride with Team On Draft, as well as an 8 mile Grocery Grab Tour lead by two of our very own board members.  Both routes will begin and end in Anderson Point Park and will be followed by a group picnic!

Sunday, May 7th, we are proud to usher in another brand new event: 7 Murals + 7 Stories! Join us for a slow afternoon ride between seven of Raleigh’s amazing murals, starting at the Cardinal Bar. The ride at will end at King’s Barcade for 7 Stories, a monthly story-telling event where seven individuals each tell a story based on a central theme.  There will also be the opportunity to view some pieces from the Raleigh Bikes Art Show that were too large for the original venue.

The next week of the festival starts off with a fan favorite, the annual Bike-In Movie on Monday, May 8th at Mission Valley Cinema. This year’s cinematic offering is Wadjda, the story of a 10-year-old Saudi Arabian girl who challenges deep-rooted Saudi traditions in a determined quest to buy a bicycle. Concessions will be available through Mission Valley, in addition to bike-powered smoothies, and beer from our event sponsor Trophy Brewing!

On Tuesday, May 9th, join us for the City Market Ride, a casual cruise around the outskirts of downtown Raleigh followed by pizza and socializing at Vic’s Restaurant & Pizzeria. This event is sure to be a nostalgic one for many, as it is being organized by one of the original members of the Benelux Cafe Cycling Club!

Get ready to Light Up the Night with Crank Arm Brewing! On Wednesday, May 10th we’re putting a fun twist on this weekly social ride. Bedeck your bike in twinkling finery and join us for a short ride around downtown to show off your style. Be as garrish and creative as you like–the crazier the better! Afterward we’ll wind down back at Crank Arm with refreshments and local brews, and a bike light giveaway courtesy of the City of Raleigh.

Thursday, May 11th brings the chance to try something new with the Raleigh Bike Polo Rookie Invite Night at Tarboro Road Community Center.  Riders of all ages and skill levels are welcome to test their boundaries and learn about the exciting, fast-paced game that is bike polo. There will be mixed level matches, mini-games, music, and of course: BBQ!

Rounding out the weekday events is another brand new event on Friday, May 12th. We’re excited to present to you: our Bike Fashion Show! Forget about stretchy Lycra, and come out to Dorothea Dix Campus to watch fabulous local cyclists model their most fashion-forward yet practical outfits for cycling to work, the park, the store, or to a night out on the town. Singles, couples, and families will show off styles from their own closets, while local merchants and designers will model their bike-friendly wares and designs. Want to ride the runway? Have a design you want featured? Sign up here to get involved in the show!

The second festival weekend brings another traditional event, the Raleigh Cat! This year’s race on Saturday, May 13th starts at the Spring Hill Cyclocross Track on Dorothea Dix Campus, and will be a more traditional style alley cat involving addresses and carrying items. Race for fun — or for glory — the choice is yours! All ages and skill levels are going to have a good time regardless; the race is only as serious as you make it. The finish line will be at Drink Drank Drunk with prizes and an after party to follow.

To close out our festival, join us Sunday, May 14th, for a special Mother’s Day event known as the CycloFemme Ride! CycloFemme is a nationally recognized movement bringing together woman cyclists of all skill levels for a ride of celebration. What better way to celebrate the women in your life on Mother’s Day?! Bring your mother, daughter, sister, aunt, friend, co-worker, whomever! This ride will be about 8 miles and will be “No Drop” meaning no rider will be left behind. Join us afterwards for a picnic in the park!

*All our events are family friendly and suitable for all ages and abilities. While they are bike themed, many of the events do not require participants to bring or ride a bike. Events that do involve riding a bike are “ride at your own risk” and wearing helmets is strongly suggested.*

Get excited–Festival time is near!

This year’s Oaks and Spokes Bicycle Festival will take place Friday, May 5th through Sunday, May 14th. We proudly present to you: the 2017 Oaks and Spokes Bicycle Festival official poster! Many thanks to one of our new Board Members, Athena Wollin, for it’s creation.

Event descriptions and individual Facebook event pages will be available by the end of the week, so stay tuned!

 

Help plan a Bike to School Day event for a school near you!

Registration is now open for National Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 10.  Students, educators, families, community partners, and elected officials are invited to register your event and find resources on planning.

Locally, Jennifer Delcourt with Active Routes to School Region 5 is also gearing up for the Race for Registration. Visit her website for details. Check out AHA’s Safe Routes to School in Wake County Toolkit for information on starting and maintaining walking and biking programs as well so that students are active all year long getting to and from school.

The National Center for Safe Routes to School is teaming up with Schwinn to host the Schwinn Bike to School Day Bike Share Giveaway. Ten lucky schools that register their Bike to School Day events on www.walkbiketoschool.org will be selected to win 10 Schwinn SmartStart bikes and 20 Schwinn helmets. Drawings begin on April 19.  More information here.

The City of Raleigh is also once again providing Bike to Work Day pit-stops around the area, to encourage local commuters to swap four wheels for two on Friday, May 19th. We’ll keep you updated on the locations of designated pit-stops as the information becomes available.

2017 Bike Art Show–Call for Artists

Oaks and Spokes will be hosting the 5th annual Raleigh Bikes Art Show as a part of this year’s Oaks and Spokes Bicycle Festival.  The show will be on display through the month of May, with an opening reception on Friday, May 5th, at Morning Times (10 E. Hargett Street in Downtown Raleigh).

We are accepting submissions from artists for the show until April 17th.  Any bicycle related work is eligible for submission. Paintings, photos, sculptures, used bike part sculptures, mixed media, sketches, prints, and crafts are examples of previously accepted media. We will accept large pieces, including full bicycles, but display of such items may be limited to the evening reception, and acceptance of such works may be limited based on space available at Morning Times.  Additional space for larger works will be available at Kings Barcade (14 W. Martin Street in Downtown Raleigh) the night of May 7th in collaboration with 7-Stories.  

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 Friday, April 21st.

Oaks and Spokes looks forward to hosting the event and displaying a variety of works that highlight cycling culture.  Anyone with questions should contact Bike Art Show via email, listed above.

Thank you for riding your bike!

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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