Summer Cycle – Spin Sunday With Us

SummerCycle

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.

SEND YOUR LETTER >>

 

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.

*Photo: peopleforbikes.org

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.

Oppose Section 7 of HB44 – NC Legislation to Restrict Bicycle Lanes

Asheville on Bikes,

We need you to act quickly and let your state representatives know that you do not approve of HB44. Please share your disapproval of Section 7 of HB44.  

Section 7 of HB44 would greatly restrict the expansion of bike lanes in North Carolina as it would require a majority vote of the NC Board of Transportation before local governments could convert travel lanes of state-owned streets or highways to bike lanes.

Streets that would be affected in the Asheville area include Merrimon Ave, Biltmore Avenue, Patton Avenue, and Haywood Road. The proposed bill would effectively stop  future bike safety projects along these and other streets.

Please act now by contacting your state senators and let them know that you do not support HB44. Please cc ashevilleonbikes@gmail.com so that we can track how many of you responded.

Asheville on Bikes has a prepared letter that you’re welcome to use and share with others. Now is the time to respond and keep active transportation options rolling forward.

Click here to find your Senators and his/her contact information.

Click here to find your House Representative and his/her contact information.

 

AoB Letter to NC Senators & House Representatives:

Dear  _________________,

Please oppose section 7 of HB44 because it will restrict the advancement of bicycle infrastructure in North Carolina. If enacted, the provision would have a negative impact on public health and safety, and the state’s economy.

Recently, the North Carolina Department of Transportation launched the “Watch for Me NC Campaign” to address issues of bicycle and pedestrian safety. According to NCDOT:

Each year 960 bicyclists are hit by vehicles in North Carolina, making North Carolina one of the least safe states in the US for bicycling. On average, about 160 pedestrians and 20 bicyclists are killed each year in the State, representing about 12% of all traffic fatalities that occur on North Carolina roads.

Section 7 of HB44 is counterproductive to NCDOT’s measures to improve public safety on our roads and NCDOT’s Complete Street Policy.

Furthermore, the implementation of bicycle infrastructure contributes greatly to the local and state economies. Please consider:

North Carolina needs legislation that protects public health and safety, and that works to bolster the North Carolina economy. Section 7 of HB44 does neither. It works against the people’s interest and the economic vitality of the state. Please oppose HB44.

Respectfully,

 

Asheville on Bikes Member

 

Arboretum Hosts Greenway Drop-in Tomorrow

Love greenways, do you? Ask and ye shall receive.

You show, we grow! Fresh from the bike-loving camaraderie of today’s Bike of the Irish ride, head on over to this drop-in event tomorrow from 4-6 pm.

“Buncombe County, N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT), and HNTB (a consultant for the NCDOT) will host a drop-in public meeting regarding potential options for the possible addition of a greenway in the vicinity of I-26, Brevard Road and Long Shoals Road in Buncombe County. The meeting will be held from 4pm to 6pm on Monday, March 23, 2015 in the auditorium of the N.C. Arboretum, 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville, North Carolina.”

(Not that you need ANY other reason to attend, but can you IMAGINE how spectacular the arboretum is this time of year?)

Here’s the event RSVP.