Count Bikes Because Bikes Count

This year, Asheville on Bikes encourages businesses, nonprofits, and religious and community organizations to supply the volunteers required for successful counts.

There is overwhelming public support in our community to advance safe and accessible pedestrian and bicycle transportation within our community. The recent results of the Chamber of Commerce’s Business Walk Survey, The Mountain Xpress’s Best of Survey, and a variety of recent studies highlight the public’s enthusiasm for active transportation.

Asheville has made strides in expanding pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure, but significant deficits remain. A recent article in the Asheville Citizen Times lists Asheville as the most dangerous city for walking in the entire state.  We need to do better, we can do better, and we will do better.

This September, volunteer for the 2014 National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project  to advance pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure.

Join Asheville on Bikes, The Blue Ridge Bicycle Club,  the AVL Bicycle & Pedestrian Task Force, Healthy Buncombe,  and the NC Center for Health and Wellness in this year’s bicycle pedestrian counts. These counts are essential in advancing active transportation because they inform planning and engineering professionals on the diversity of our transportation habits. There are plenty of methods used to count  motorized vehicles, but  there is a  dangerous dearth of methods for counting  pedestrians and bicycles. This year, you can change that. When you volunteer for the  Pedestrian and Bicycle Counts, you play critical role in:

  • Building a robust and public database of pedestrian and bicycle use
  • Identifying trends in biking and walking
  • Establishing a national model for predicting pedestrian and bicycle travel.

Transforming our transportation network is no small task. It takes many people working together to advance  active transportation. This year, I encourage businesses, nonprofits, and religious and community organizations to supply the volunteers required for successful counts. In return of your volunteerism, Asheville on Bikes will feature your organization on our website and social media.

Pedestrian / Bicycle Counts will be twice a day and are scheduled for Sept. 16th – 20th. If you’re ready to count, please complete the Ped / Bike Volunteer Form. Contact me at (mike@ashevilleonbikes.com) if you have any specific questions or requests.

Respectfully,

Mike Sule

Director of Asheville on Bikes

 

BikeWalkNC 2014 Conference Registration Opens

Registration is open for the 2014 NC Bike Summit in Greensboro October 10-12!

Join planners, business owners, nonprofit leaders, elected officials and advocates from across North Carolina for the state’s third annual statewide Bike Summit. The mission of the NC Bike Summit is to foster collaboration between North Carolina’s various bicycle movements, efforts, and endeavors; educate local government staff, bicycle advocates, and policy leaders; promote cycling as a valid form of transportation; and highlight North Carolina’s dedication toward becoming a premier bicycle friendly state.

Early bird registration is only $75 through September 15th. Late registration is $100. The registration fee covers three days of the NC Bike Summit — Friday 10/10 through Sunday 10/12. There is an additional $50 fee for the optional 9 hour traffic skills workshop on Thursday 10/9; limit 30 participants max.

Please register here.

Questions? Please email NCBikeSummit@gmail.com.

100% Donation Saturday from Universal Joint

UJ will donate 100% (yes, that’s 100%, folks) of Saturday’s beer and wine sales (12 noon – 5 pm) to Asheville on Bikes and RiverLink.

Feel good when you help out? Then here’s a way to feel great!

We’ll see you all at Universal Joint this coming Saturday, August 23rd, to celebrate this popular business’ support for bicycle culture. UJ will donate 100% (yes, that’s 100%, folks) of beer and wine sales from 12 noon – 5 pm to Asheville on Bikes and RiverLink.

Plan a late lunch or early dinner and put your money where your bike is!

Who’s going? Share this Facebook event page and spread the word.

https://www.facebook.com/events/542691129190140

Clips Beer and Film Tour in Asheville

All the details about the Clips Beer and Film Tour fresh from the Asheville Citizen-Times!

New Belgium Brewing, which is building its big East Coast expansion brewery in Asheville, will bring its Clips Beer and Film Tour here on Sept. 5. The outdoor program includes a wide variety of New Belgium brews and about 20 short films and will be held at Roger McGuire Green at Pack Square Park.

Now in its fifth year, the free program is touring to 21 cities. This year’s short subjects include a piece about a banana with an attitude, neon spandex and marathon runners with stubborn animals.

New Belgium will be selling some of its Lips of Faith beers, with up to 17 varieties available in three ounce samples or 12-ounce pours. All the beer proceeds will go to the Asheville on Bikes non-profit. Last year, the program generated almost $11,000 in Asheville and close to $370,000 nationally.

The screening is open to families. Food trucks from Gypsy Queen Cuisine, Avery’s Dogs and Pho Ya Belly will take part, but feel free to bring your own snacks or picnic meals, low chairs or blankets to sit on, dogs on leashes and water bottles (New Belgium will have water available for free). Outside alcohol will not be allowed.

New Belgium is continuing construction of its $175 million East Coast brewery along the French Broad River in West Asheville. The brewery, which looks to open late next year, will produce up to a half million barrels of beer annually and have a work force of 140. It is joining a busy regional craft beer scene that includes the national breweries of Sierra Nevada in Mills River, Oskar Blues in Brevard and 17 local and regional breweries in Buncombe County.

Read the full article here.

Bright Light Biker this Friday

Celebrate bicycling Friday night!

Community bicycling shines at the Bright Light Biker with an illuminated loop of cyclists riding through downtown Asheville about 9:15 pm following Downtown After 5 presented by Harmony Motors. The ride culminates at The Millroom.

Grab lights and reflectors of every description for your person and your bike. Think battery-powered, solar-cell, LED.

More info! Map here.

Alice is ready! Photo by Alice Io Oglesby.

Alice Io Oglesby is ready!

 

Bring it on!

Volunteer for Beer and Clips

Are you interested in having fun, meeting new folks, having a few brews, watching some homemade films and supporting bicycle infrastructure in Asheville? Consider volunteering at Clips Beer and Film Tour!

StatsAsheville on Bikes and New Belgium Brewery are hosting the Clips Beer and Film Tour on Friday September 5th at 7:30 pm in Pack Square Park. Most volunteer shifts are from 6:00-11:30, with the exception of some beer positions and set up during the day. The duration of the shift includes training, setup, event, and break down. You will get fed at the beginning and will receive a New Belgium t-shirt and beers after your shift!

Additional Info:  http://www.newbelgium.com/events/clips-beer-and-film.aspx

Volunteer Possibilities:  Communicate your volunteer desires and we will put on a great festival that benefits bicycle culture in Asheville!

What do you prefer?

  • Set up (earlier hours 10-4)
  • Beer serving, AoB promoting
  • VIP support
  • Tokens/Wristbands
  • Fun and Games
  • Bike Corral (6-11:30)

Last year was great fun; this year is bound to be! Volunteer now by emailing rachel@ashevilleonbikes.com, and send your friends!