Summer Cycle ’16 presented by Oskar Blues

Summer Cycle ‘16 presented by Oskar Blues Brewing

Summer Cycle '16

Sunday, June 26th 2:30pm – 8pm

The Summer Cycle is AoB’s annual summer social ride. This year, we’re changing up the program, route, and rolling in a new direction. Come join us and let us know what you think.

Summer Cycle Details:

  • 2:30pm – Ride gathers at Second Gear
  • 3:00pm – Ride rolls out
  • 5:00pm – Ride culminates at Kolo Bike Park
  • 8:00pm – Parting is such sweet sorrow

Summer Cycle '16 Route

The route is 13.7 miles and includes 683 ft of climbing.  The ride includes wayfinding markers and pedal patrol. We’ve added a family specific pedal patrol so that families can ride safely in a group with support from AoB volunteers.

We need plenty of volunteers for the Summer Cycle, so review the volunteers options and pick a time and place that works for you. Sign up to volunteer.

The Summer Cycle gathers at Second Gear (444 Haywood Rd, 28806) in West Asheville and rolls through a variety of neighborhood streets and greenways, before culminating at Kolo Bike Park (1 Resort Dr, 28806) on the Crowne Plaza Campus. Once there, participants can enjoy Oskar Blues Brewing, food trucks, mountain bike riding, and socializing. 100% of all Oskar Blues Brewing products sold support AoB.

Asheville on Bikes appreciates our sponsors: Oskar Blues Brewing Company, Second Gear, Skylanes, Sarver Realty Group, Kolo Bike Park, and Crowne Plaza Resort.

Volunteer at Mtn Sports Festival Bike Corral

Bike Corral

Volunteer with AoB at the Mountain Sports Festival’s bicycle corral May 27th – Sunday, May 29th. AoB hosts a bicycle corral, to encourage bicycle participation by providing people a safe spot to store their bicycles while they enjoy the festival.

AoB will be parking bikes from Friday through Sunday with a variety of time options that suite your schedule. There is a time slot for the  early birds, afternooners, and night owls. Simply, review the times and dates on the AoB volunteer form and select the ones that work best for you. An AoB representative will follow up with you to confirm the details.

Thank you for volunteer with Asheville on Bikes. When you show, we grow.

Bike from Work – Support AoB & Friends of Connect Buncombe

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National Bike to Work Week is May 16-20 and a handful of WNC breweries are hosting Bike from Work week and supporting Asheville on Bikes and Friends of Connect Buncombe.

Enjoy a beer, support bicycle advocacy, and have your bike tuned at Wedge, HiWire, Highland, Wicked Weed and New Belgium Brewery on your way home from work. Proceeds from pint sales will be split between bicycle advocacy organization Asheville on Bikes and greenway non-profit Friends of Connect Buncombe. Each brewery will host an evening of bike-centric activities. On Friday, May 20 at 6 p.m. at New Belgium Brewery, the breweries will donate collective proceeds to the two non-profits.

Bike from Work Week Brewery Stops

Mon., May 16 – Wedge Brewing Company, 37 Payne’s Way, Asheville, NC 28801

On Monday, Wedge will donate a $1 from India Blonde Ale & Witbier and has invited The Tacoed Wheel, a mobile bike repair shop, to join in the evening. Wedge will show Breaking Away as their outdoor movie that evening, starting at 8:30pm.

“We appreciate all the support the Asheville bike community has given the Wedge,” says Tim Schaller, co-owner of Wedge Brewing. “We are happy to have an opportunity to give a little back, and have some fun.”

Tues., May 17 – Hi-Wire Brewing-Big Top Location, 2A Huntsman Place, Asheville, NC 28803

Hi-Wire Brewing, in collaboration with Motion Makers Bicycle Shop, will be hosting the second day of Bike From Work Week at their Big Top location ( 2 Huntsman Place). Hi-Wire will donate $1 from all full pour beers and will be discounting $1 off of their four flagship beers including the Hi-Wire Lager, Prime Time Session Pale, Hi-Pitch IPA, and Bed of Nails Brown. Food will be available from Foothills Local Meats, a permanent food truck at their Big Top location.

Wed., May 18 – Highland Brewing Company,12 Old Charlotte Hwy, Asheville, NC 28803

On Wednesday, Highland will donate $1 of every pint and Cane Creek Cycling Components will be on site from 5:00-8:00 p.m. offering free demos, swag and a raffle for Cane Creek Cycling Components 110-Series headset. Tin Can Pizzeria will serve up pizzas and Woody Wood will play from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Run club leaves at 6:15 p.m.

“Asheville’s future as a more connected city, by foot or pedal, is top of mind for me,” says Leah Ashburn, President, Highland Brewery. “Greenways benefit everyone and fit Asheville’s lifestyle. And, what if Asheville was the city where breweries built greenways?”

Thurs., May 19 – Wicked Weed Brewing, 91 Biltmore Ave., Asheville, NC 28801

On Thursday, Wicked Weed will donate $1 of every pint of Freak of Nature Double IPA.

“Beer and bikes have always been a wonderful pairing, and in Asheville bringing those two things together to help raise money for these incredible charities just makes sense,” says Luke Dickinson, head brewer and owner, Wicked Weed. “Drink a beer and make Asheville better, not a bad deal.”

Fri., May 20 – New Belgium Brewing21 Craven Street, Asheville, NC 28806

On Friday, New Belgium will donate $1 of every pint. A small gift will be given to anyone who rides their bike. Tune ups will be available. At 6 p.m., the breweries will donate collective Bike from Work proceeds to the non-profits.

“We support Asheville becoming a better city for bicycling and what better way than to do that with beer and friends,” says Michael Craft, New Belgium VIPer Ambassador and national bicycle advocate. “We also support having fun, so come by the Liquid Center, enjoy a beverage and get a view of the City’s soon-to- open greenway while you sip a pint on our deck.”

AoB Welcomes AVL’s First Bike Corral w/ City of Asheville & NCDOT

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Over the last year, The City of Asheville, North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), West Asheville Business Association (WABA), and AoB partnered to explore the option of providing a bicycle corral somewhere along the Haywood corridor. A bicycle corral is a series of on-street bicycle racks that can provide parking for fifteen or more bicycles.  

In the summer of 2014 AoB’s director, Mike Sule and Barb Mee, the city’s pedestrian and bicycle coordinator, presented the concept of a bike corral to WABA since Haywood Rd has some of the highest bicycle counts in city. “Following the presentation, everyone supported the addition of a  bike corral. Frankly, I was a little taken back that the entire room was ready to move forward with the corral. Generally, there are a few skeptics. It just goes to show, there is  tremendous support for advancing active transportation throughout the business community,” says Sule.

Once WABA had endorsed the corral, the city was required to secure an encroachment agreement from NCDOT because Haywood Rd is an NCDOT maintained highway. “NCDOT was pleased to have worked collaboratively with the community on the bike corral project, we understand that this is a project of local importance. We were pleased to provide the encroachment agreement,” states Kristina Solberg, NCDOT Division 13 Planning Engineer.   

“NCDOT, Asheville’s transportation department, and the business community were incredible to work with. Each agency understood the value and worked diligently to respond to the need. The bike corral is a clear example that Asheville is a community that knows how to work well together. I appreciate the spirit of cooperation and inclusion throughout this project. I’m also ready to celebrate,” says Sule

First day on the job & a full house.

First day on the job & a full house.

Vice-Mayor Gwen Wisler, who is a bike commuter, herself, and has been active in Asheville’s cycling advocacy will serve as the city’s dignitary at the ribbon cutting. We are excited for the addition of our first on-street bike corral – installing multimodal infrastructure like this is one is a step toward meeting Council’s vision of a well-planned and livable community, and of transportation and accessibility. The City is also thrilled to have business support of this project,” states Wisler.

On Thursday, April 28th the community is welcome to participate in the ribbon cutting to welcome Asheville’s first bicycle corral. The event begins at 6pm. Representatives from each of the partnering organizations will say a few words at the ribbon cutting.

Following the ceremony, Westville Pub welcomes all to continue the celebration with music by DJ Jut Rut and a portion of New Belgium Brewing and Catawba Brewing Co. sales dedicated to support Asheville on Bikes.

Haywood Corral Ribbon Cutting:

6pm – 6:30pm     Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

6:30 – 8:00pm     Westville Pub Bike Corral Celebration

Haywood Rd Ribbon Cutting Event 

Asheville Citizen Times covers bike corral ribbon cutting.

                                    

AoB Encourages You to Support the Beaucatcher Greenway

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photo credit: AshevilleGreenways.com

The City of Asheville is currently taking public comment on the proposed Beaucatcher greenway and community input is essential to the success of this project. There is no guarantee that there are enough votes on city council to approve this plan. If you support expanding

Approx. location of greenway, relative to downtown along Beaucatcher ridge.

Approx. location of greenway, relative to downtown along Beaucatcher ridge.

Asheville’s greenway system along the Beaucatcher ridge, please be sure to voice your support through Open City Hall,  the city’s online public input platform before Sunday, April 3rd.

AoB director, Mike Sule, sent the following letter to city council and encourages supports to reference AoB’s support for the Beaucatcher greenway.


Asheville City Council
70 Court Plaza
Asheville, NC 28801

Asheville on Bikes (AoB) supports approval and construction of the Beaucatcher greenway because: greenways are a valuable public asset, our community has demonstrated overwhelming public support for their expansion, and this project helps our city achieve the goals established in Asheville City Council’s 2036 Vision.  On Tuesday, April 12th you’ll have the opportunity to advance our community’s investment in greenways. On behalf of Asheville on Bikes, I encourage you to approve the Beaucatcher greenway.

A small number of individuals have criticized the Beaucatcher greenway for not providing essential transportation connectivity to goods and services. These people have argued that the funds for Beaucatcher greenway should be invested in other more critical projects. However, the TDA funds for this greenway are dedicated solely for this project: We either use these funds or lose them.  Additionally, many on city council have advocated for TDA funds to be invested in Asheville’s infrastructure. What message does it send if city council refuses the money for expanding our greenways? This is an opportunity to build momentum through a project that increases our citizens’ access to greenways, increases quality of life, and promotes a healthy lifestyle.

Furthermore, a greenway that rolls through the natural world and connects to a park is just as valuable as one that connects to goods and services. Transportation systems should connect people to beautiful settings.  Our greenway system needs to reflect the values of sustainability by connecting people to both services and the natural world. To pit one against the other is to misunderstand the value of greenways.

It’s sometimes easy to forget the costs associated with accessing the natural world. It’s expensive. Unless you’re a very fit hiker or cyclist,  access to Bent Creek, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the majority of other trails and parks requires an automobile. Despite our city’s location, many in our community have very limited access to the natural world. The Beaucatcher greenway opens up new possibilities for our citizens to experience nature and engage in healthy lifestyle habits.

I encourage all members of city council to review Asheville City Council’s 2036 Vision and consider the positive impacts of Beaucatcher greenway on our community. If council is committed to advancing the 2036 Vision it should recognize  that the Beaucatcher greenway promotes the following elements of the 2036 vision:

  1. A DIVERSE COMMUNITY, by providing access to healthy transportation and the opportunity for all people to participate in the natural world.
  2. A WELL-PLANNED AND LIVABLE COMMUNITY, by increasing the abundance of open spaces, parks and greenways.
  3. TRANSPORTATION AND ACCESSIBILITY, by providing  greenways and bike facilities to get people where they want to go safely and keep them active and healthy.   

Let’s continue to work together to build a greenway system that moves all kinds of people to a variety of destinations.

Respectfully,

Mike Sule
Asheville on Bikes

HOW CAN I HELP?

You can respond by either supporting Asheville on Bikes’ letter of support or you can include your own comments, here.
CLICK TO DOWNLOAD THIS LETTER

Additionally, you can contact your council representatives directly and/or sign the petition in support of Beaucatcher greenway.

Asheville City Council can be reached:
Mayor Esther E. Manheimer – esthermanheimer@avlcouncil.com
Vice Mayor Gwen Wisler – gwenwisler@avlcouncil.com
Councilman Cecil Bothwell – cecil@braveulysses.com
Councilman Brian Haynes – brianhaynes@avlcouncil.com
Councilwoman Julie Mayfield – juliemayfield@avlcouncil.com
Councilman Gordon Smith – gordonsmith@avlcouncil.com
Councilman Keith Young – keithyoung@avlcouncil.com

Path of proposed greenway, running from Memorial Stadium, above McCormick Field, through Beaucatcher Overlook Park and ending near Helen's Bridge and Beaumont St.

Path of proposed greenway, running from Memorial Stadium, above McCormick Field, through Beaucatcher Overlook Park and ending near Helen’s Bridge and Beaumont St.

10th Anniversary of Bike of the Irish

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On Sunday, March 20th, the 10th annual Bike of the Irish rolls through the streets of Asheville and culminates at Kolo Bike Park located on the Crowne Plaza Resort.

Each spring, the Asheville on Bikes community celebrates the return of spring with an its annual festive ride. Participants decorate themselves and their bikes in green as they ride the city.

The event is free and open to the public, but AoB does ask that you consider making a donation to the organization, renew a membership, or purchase a few tickets to the raffle. Membership, donations, and raffle tickets can be purchased in advance through AoB’s Eventbrite page.

This year’s route is eight miles, includes five hundred feet of climbing, and rolls through downtown, Montford, and West Asheville before ending at Kolo Bike Park. This is a perfect ride to invite the reluctant cyclists in your life as it’s fun, easy paced, and festive.

BikeLove2016Once at Kolo, the festivities will continue with mountain biking, Oskar Blues, food trucks and a chance to win an Chris King wheel set. 100% of all Oskar Blues products sold at Bike of Irish support Asheville on Bikes.

Please consider volunteering for Bike of the Irish as several volunteers are needed. If you’re interested on a volunteer position, simply respond to the Bike of Irish Volunteer Form. There are several times and tasks available. Once your sign-up an AoB agent will contact you with details.  

Join AoB on Sunday, March 20th for the 10th annual Bike of the Irish.

 

Bike of the Irish Details:

1:30pm  – Gather at Packs Park

2:00pm – The ride begins

3:00pm – Culminate at Kolo Bike Park w/ Oskar Blues  

 

BoIRouteThings to Consider:

Review the route before the ride.  

Know the weather before you ride.

Pack an extra layer, a warm afternoon cools quickly.

Spending money is a good idea.

Food trucks will be at Kolo.

A variety of beverages will be available, not just beer.

Cars can be dropped at either Crowne Plaza or Westgate parking lot.