Protected Bike Lane in the RAD

On July, 28th City Council meeting, city leaders approved funding changes to the street design of the River Arts District Transportation Improvement Plan (RAD TIP) to incorporate a separated, two-way cycletrack for portions of Riverside Drive and Lyman Street.

This is a great step for the city and AoB is happy to share that we influenced this change. Back in October 2014, AoB met with various Council Members to make the case for why these changes should happen. We presented the concept to New Belgium and perhaps not surprisingly, they supported it too. So what did we recommend? This is the basic idea:

AoB's design for protected bike lane.

AoB’s design for protected bike lane.

For additional information about protected bike lanes and their impact, our good friends at People for Bikes produced a short video that explains protected bike lanes.

As the community supports AoB, we’re better equipped to advocate successfully for advancing our city’s active transportation infrastructure. Thank you for your support. AoB members, you’re the ones making these changes happen. Thank you; together we roll forward.

Light up the Night at the Bright Light Biker Series

Light Up the Night at the Bright Light Biker Ride Series

BLB rolls

Bright Light Biker gets ready to roll.

Asheville on Bikes is excited to announce the return of the Bright Light Biker ride series presented by Sky Lanes Asheville, and sponsored by Highland Brewing Company, Epic Cycles West and Sarver Realty Group. This year, the Bright Light Biker is a three ride series. We’ll ride on:

Friday, Aug. 14th – Gather @ 7pm, Pedal @ 7:30pm, Arrive @ 8:30pm

Friday, Oct. 2nd  – Gather @ 6:30pm, Pedal @ 7pm, Arrive @ 8pm

Friday, Nov. 27th – Gather @ 4:30pm, Pedal @ 5pm, Arrive @ 6pm.

Bright Light Biker route map

Bright Light Biker route map

Each ride begins at Pack’s Park in downtown Asheville and culminates at Sky Lanes on Patton Ave in West Asheville where we’ll enjoy the lanes, the food, the music and the beverages. Adorn yourself, your bike and your friends in lights and ride the city at the Bright Light Biker.

Share the invite, adorn yourself, and your bike to ride the city at the Bright Light Biker.


Asheville on Bikes promotes safe habits of riding and flirting with ride participants while doing so.

Ride your City w/ safety and style.

Ride your City w/ safety and style.

Asheville Rides – Thursday, July 16th

Ride your city and mix business with leisure

Ride your city and mix business with leisure

Asheville on Bikes is teaming up with the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce and Highland Brewing Company for Asheville Rides.

Asheville Rides mixes business with pleasure for an afterwork social roll around the the city with Highland Brewing Company.

The route is 3.1 miles in length, incorporates greenways, bike lanes, and a bit of Highland Brewing history before returning to the chamber’s parking lot.

This is an easy going paced ride so invite the reluctant cyclist in your life to participate.


The Details:

Gather at Chamber at 5:30pm

Pedal at 6pm

Return at 7pm and enjoy an after pedal beverage.

Asheville Rides Route

Asheville Rides Facebook Event Page

Summer Cycle – Spin Sunday With Us


Asheville on Bikes hosts Summer Cycle ’15, a FREE ride in support of Asheville’s future Greenway system, presented by New Belgium Brewing AshevilleHighland Brewing Company, the City of Asheville & Friends of Connect Buncombe.

A relaxing and casual 11-mile cruise around downtown, the River Arts District, and East Asheville, Summer Cycle ’15 culminates at Highland Brewing Company. Enjoy the collaboration Footpath Belgium Session Ale brewed by New Belgium Asheville & Highland to support Connect Buncombe.
Sunday, June 28 Schedule
Gather 2:00pm @ Pack Square Park
Pedal 2:30pm
Culminate Highland Brewing Company @ 4pm

Route Map

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GPS Map on Strava

Urgent: Save Bike Lanes. (It Just Got Easier.)

People for Bikes

The good folks over at People For Bikes made it very simple for cycling advocates like you to send a letter to your Representative in Raleigh, voicing opposition for Section 7 of HB44. The Bill, if passed, would limit a city’s ability to make cycling infrastructure improvements like bike lanes without bureaucratic approval. (As if it weren’t tough enough.) Help stop this action and keep protected lanes coming.



How it works:

  1. Follow the link
  2. Click “PARTICIPATE”
  3. Select your representatives (and any others you so choose)
  4. Enter your info
  5. Customize and personalize the letter provided as you see fit.
  6. Scroll to the bottom of the page and hit SEND

With that you’ve made your voice heard in a small but significant way. Share these steps to multiply your voice and make it bigger. And as always, a paper snail mail letter makes an even better impression.


Thank you and thanks to People For Bikes for building this form.


New Belgium Brewing Opposes HB44

New Belgium Brewing Company writes a letter to NC state legislators in opposition to HB44. New Belgium has made several investments in active transportation in Fort Collins, Co and Asheville, NC.

New Belgium Brewing Opposes HB44

Bike lanes increase safety, support a vibrant economy, and decrease congestion. Let’s move beyond HB44 and invest in transportation options that work for all people moving by many modes.