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! 

Gearing up for Beer Camp

Asheville on Bikes will be providing its five-star bicycle parking for Beer Camp. Join the fun here.

From the Mountain XPress, July 17, 2014 

Beer Camp coming to Sierra Nevada brewery at Mills River

Sierra Nevada is gearing up for Beer Camp Across America. The seven-stop festival starts this weekend in Chico, Calif., and wraps up with its final stop on Sunday, Aug. 3, at the new brewery in Mills River. In preparation for the event, Sierra sent Xpress a few final details.

To start, don’t plan on driving in to the brewery on Aug. 3. There will be no parking on site, but the shuttle service is likely to satisfy most festival-goers. The use of the shuttles is covered in the cost of the ticket, and shuttles will run from both North Pack Square in downtown Asheville as well as the WNC Agricultural Center. Service will start at 11 a.m. the day of the festival.

Unlike the shuttles, food is not included in the ticket price but a huge group of food trucks will be on site (about 15 at last count).

While festival-goers will be able to catch a glimpse of the brewery, no tours will be offered as part of the festival. Public tours and tastings are scheduled to start later in the summer, with the gift shop scheduled to open in August or September. The taproom and restaurant will follow a bit further behind with an anticipated opening in late fall (likely after Thanksgiving).

Last but not least, all festival proceeds from the Mills River event will benefit the N.C. Craft Brewers Guild. There will also be a special brewers guild beer on tap at the festival. Click here for more information or tickets.

 Other Beer Camp Celebrations

If you’re not able to make it to the Mills River event, a variety of local businesses will help bring the festival spirit to you. Sierra Nevada Communications Manager Ryan Arnold put it this way, “Beer Camp Across America is a chance to celebrate the overall momentum of craft beer, not just our own milestone. …Western North Carolina is a perfect snapshot of [all craft brewers’] ambition, and we’re fortunate to take root here. The festival and the events leading up to it will radiate the sense of craft beer community that’s here.”

So in addition to the festival, Sierra has partnered with a dozen breweries for an all-star 12-pack featuring collaboration beers from Firestone Walker, Oskar Blues, Russian River, the Asheville Brewers Alliance and many more. Some or all of those beers will be featured, along with chances to win tickets to the Aug. 3 festival in Mills River, at the following businesses:

Friday, June 18: Creekside Taphouse features the ABA and Oskar Blues collaborations.

Wednesday, July 23: Appalachian Vintner features all 12 Beer Camp Across America beers, live music from Chris Porter and JP Furnas and is auctioning Russian River beers with proceeds going to a local children’s charity.

Thursday, July 24: Barley’s Taproom features the ABA, Oskar Blues and Cigar City collaborations.

Tuesday, July 29: Jack of the Wood features the ABA, Oskar Blues and Cigar City collaborations.

Thursday, July 31: Thirsty Monk Biltmore Park features all 12 Beer Camp Across America beers.

Friday and Saturday, Aug. 1-2: Brixx Pizza features the ABA and Oskar Blues collaborations.

Thursdays, Aug. 14, 21 and 28: In case you missed them, or want to revisit any of the beers, Thirsty Monk Downtown will feature four of the collaborative beers on each of these Thursdays in August.

Accident Reporting: How and Why

Accident reporting leads to street improvements, more appropriate law enforcement, and comprehensive education for all of our roadway users. Why not report it?

Following this advice from Nolo will improve your legal outcome following an accident, but from the bicycle advocate’s perspective, there is another key reason to report your accident. Aggregated accident reports document patterns, behavioral and infrastructure-based, that can be used to promote positive change for bicycling. Outcomes may include improvements to streets, more appropriate law enforcement, and comprehensive education for all of our roadway users. Why not report it?

When bikes get into accidents with cars, it’s scary. (Fortunately, most bicycle accidents do not involve cars.) If you are the one riding the bike, it’s important to keep your wits about you after the crash. What you do in the immediate aftermath of the accident may have a big impact on how much you recover for your injuries and damage to your bike. It may also affect the outcome of any lawsuits resulting from the accident.

Here’s what to do.

Wait for the Police to Arrive

It is vital that you wait for police to arrive at the accident scene so that they can take and file a police report — even if you think you are not injured. Some cyclists don’t realize they’ve been injured until several hours after the accident. And sometimes seemingly minor injuries later develop into serious and permanent problems. If you leave the accident scene, you may never be able to identify the at-fault driver.

Don’t attempt to negotiate with the driver. Many drivers initially apologize and accept blame, only to later deny their negligence or even deny they were present at the accident. Instead, wait for the police to come so they can document everything in the police report. Another advantage of waiting for the police: They may ticket the driver, which may be useful in settling the case with the insurance company.

Get Your Version of Events into the Accident Report

Sometimes, the police officer will take a statement from the motorist and not bother to talk to the cyclist. Do everything you can to get your side of the story into the police report. And by all means, report all of your injuries, no matter how minor. Remember, those minor injuries may later become more serious.

If, despite your efforts, the police refuse to include your statement in the accident report, you can later have the report amended.

Obtain Driver and Witness Contact Information

If possible, get the name of the automobile driver, as well as his or her address, phone number, driver’s license number, vehicle license number, and insurance information. In addition, try to get names and contact information for everyone who witnessed the accident. Don’t assume the police report will include all of this information — it might not. If you are injured and cannot get this information yourself, ask a bystander to do it for you.

Document What Happened

If you can, make mental notes about the accident: what happened; how it happened; where it occurred; when it occurred; and road, traffic, and weather conditions. Then, as soon as you are able, write all this information down. (To learn more about preserving evidence, see the article Take Notes After an Accident or Injury.)

Document Your Injuries

Seek immediate medical attention for your injuries, even if they are minor. The fact that you sought medical attention will serve as proof that you were injured, and medical records will document the extent of those injuries. Have several photos taken of your injuries as soon as possible after the accident. Start a journal of your physical symptoms and make entries every few days.

Preserve Evidence

Leave your bike and other damaged property in the same state as after the accident — don’t attempt to fix anything or have anything inspected. Don’t wash your clothing. And don’t send your bike, helmet, or any other equipment to anyone other than your attorney. Take photos of your damaged equipment. (To learn more, see the article Personal Injury Accidents: Preserve Evidence.)

Seek Advice from a Professional

Many accidents between bikes and cars involve complex legal issues. You may want to consult a personal injury attorney who understands bicycling or has handled bike accident cases. (To learn more about finding an attorney, see Finding a Personal Injury Lawyeror go straight to Nolo’s lawyer directory.) Such an attorney can:

  • advise you on how to proceed
  • negotiate with the insurance companies, or
  • represent you in a lawsuit.

Don’t communicate with the insurance companies before consulting an attorney. Anything you say to the insurance company could be used against you later. Sometimes a letter from an attorney to the insurance company will resolve issues while avoiding legal pitfalls. In fact, most injury cases are settled without ever going to trial.

If the case warrants it, your attorney can hire a bike accident expert to investigate the accident. That person might obtain skid mark measurements, photograph the scene, speak with additional witnesses, or measure and diagram the accident scene.

To learn more about bike accidents, including how to avoid them, get Bicycling & The Law: Your Rights as a Cyclist, by Bob Mionske (Velo Press). Nolo’s Accident Claim Worksheet will help you keep track of the all-important details of your accident

by: Bob Mionske. Find the original article here.

AoB Hires Mike Sule

Having Mike on board in this role is a step we believe everyone in the local cycling community and beyond will be excited about.

 Mike Sule Hired as Director

A founding member of Asheville on Bikes, Mike Sule, has been hired as the first director of the grassroots multimodal advocacy organization.  A long-time resident of Asheville and publicly recognized community leader for the group, Sule will continue the group’s growth and involvement in local, regional and state level bicycling and multimodal issues.

“I’m honored to accept the position of Asheville on Bikes’ Director and look forward to Asheville on Bikes increasing its role in the community,” says Sule.  “Since the initial passing of the bike plan, our community has made steady growth in advancing active transportation. But the next three years are about the big steps required to transform how we move. There will be challenges, but I foresee lots of success. I’m thankful for the continued support of the Asheville community and am excited to accelerate the work.”

Over the recent months, Asheville on Bikes leadership has coalesced around the roles and responsibilities of its first director.  Its efforts stem from its strategic plan, drafted in 2012.  This plan outlines the group goals of promoting ridership and advocacy through political action, public education, and programming that encourages people to choose the bike for transportation. These efforts are facilitated by a targeted expansion of the organization’s capacity through recruiting and retaining talented board members, volunteers, and staff.  The hiring of a director is a key milestone in the group’s strategic plan.

“Asheville on Bikes has been a community group in Asheville for years.  We are thrilled about Mike’s potential as our director,” says board Treasurer, Chris Berthiaume. “Having Mike on board in this role is a step we believe everyone in the local cycling community and beyond will be excited about.  We’re particularly looking forward to harnessing our members’ and supporters’ knowledge and passion to continue our impact. We’ll be inviting folks to be involved in concrete ways in the near future.”

Dinner and Bikes tomorrow!

The Bikenomics East Coast Tour makes a stop in Asheville this Thursday, June 26! Please join us at West End Bakery (757 Haywood Rd in West Asheville) from 7pm to 10pm for a traveling road show of vegan food and bicycle inspiration. Joshua Ploeg will delight with a vegan and gluten free buffet dinner, Elly Blue will present about Bikenomics and the economic case for bicycling, and Joe Biel will show either a program of short films or his new feature-length documentary, Aftermass, about the history of bicycle activism in Portland. The event is followed with a book signing and time for questions, discussion of local issues, and perusing the traveling bookstore.

Admission is $12-$20 sliding scale, and includes dinner. Tasty beverages, including beer and wine, will be available for purchase at the bakery. Please RSVP via facebook so that we can accurately estimate how much food to prepare. Better yet, purchase a ticket.

Summer Cycle Sizzling Your Way

Time for another social roll through Asheville! You show, we grow. Grab a friend!

Summer Cycle 2014 is scheduled for Saturday, June 28th from 3:30 to 6:00 pm. We will meet at City Hall at Pack Park and end up at The Wedge Brewing Company. As ever, our Pedal Patrol volunteers will keep you on the route, stationed at every turn.

(Not like you could really lose track when you’re hanging with hundreds of buddies.)

View full event info and find your friends’ RSVPs here.