Announcing Cycle Smart Ticket Diversion!

AoB is proud to work on this initiative with Buncombe County and move us one step closer to bicycles receiving the same considerations as motorized vehicles.

ASHEVILLE – Today the Buncombe County District Attorney’s Office, Asheville on Bikes, and Buncombe Bike Ed jointly announce a new Bicycle Ticket Diversion Program (or Cycle Smart) aimed at reducing and eliminating court costs, driver license points and fines for bike riders charged with minor traffic violations in Buncombe County.

This is the first Bicycle Diversion Program offered in the state of North Carolina.

Cycle Smart is a program offered by Asheville on Bikes, and Buncombe Bike Ed in partnership with the District Attorney’s Office, which allows people ticketed with a vehicle violation while bicycling to attend and complete a safe-riding class and have the fine associated with their ticket dismissed upon completion of Cycle Smart.

District Attorney Todd Williams and Mike Sule, Executive Director of Asheville Bikes chat outside the Buncombe County Courthouse.“Bicycle riding is a critical to our transportation and recreation options and contributes a lot to the affordability, and livability of our community. Cycling can also reduce congestion on city streets. As our community grows and more people ride bicycles in Buncombe County, the DA’s Office is committed to ensuring the safety of all on our roads. When riders are ticketed for a minor moving violations, I want them to have the option to enroll in Cycle Smart. Better, safer, law-abiding riders make for safer roads for both cyclists and motorists benefiting us all,” Buncombe County District Attorney Todd Williams said.

While a bicycle is perhaps the most efficient and economical form of transportation, many riders have trouble paying court costs and fines and are often surprised that driver’s license points accrue against their licenses when they are cited with a minor traffic violation on a bike.

“Bike education classes are a great way to encourage new riders and improve the skills of seasoned ones. It’s fair to say that the riders who need bike safety the most are the least likely to sign up on their own. Partnering with the DA’s office enables bicyclists who are ticketed to participate in Cycle Smart which educates riders on the habits of safe cycling. The long range goal are safe streets and cycling that is safe for both cyclists and motorists. We’re excited by this partnership,” states, Mike Sule, Asheville on Bikes’ executive director.

Cycle Smart classes are led by League of American Bicyclists certified instructors. The classes are three hours and incorporate classroom instructions, bicycle skill development, and on road instructions. Classes are open to the public and are held the second Saturday of every month from April – October except July at Senior Opportunity Center at 35 Grove Street at 10 am. Enrollment is $25. To enroll or find out more information, please send an email to buncombebikeed@gmail.com.

RSVP’d for AoB’s BD?

CANDLES FOR HANDLES: Mike Sule, left, founder and director of Asheville on Bikes, is pleased to partner with The Market Place's chef William Dissen, right, for Asheville on Bikes' eighth birthday bash. Dissen will prepare four small plates to be paired with New Belgium's craft beers. Photo courtesy of Asheville on BikesWe’re grateful for this coverage in the Asheville Citizen-Times! See you all for Beer and Bites for Bikes, 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3 at The Market Place, 20 Wall St in Asheville.

“Asheville on Bikes has really grown over that last eight years. We play a critical role in transforming our city’s transportation options, provide after school urban bicycle education, and continue to host a variety of outreach events designed to encourage and inspire participation in urban cycling,” says, Asheville on Bikes director Mike Sule.

Throwing a birthday party to celebrate eight years of activism certainly fits the bill for Asheville on Bikes, whose official mission is to “cultivate the culture of urban and commuter cycling through advocacy & celebration.” Accordingly, Beer and Bites for Bikes, scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 3 at The Market Place, offers an open invitation to anyone interested in the plight and progress of a biking community.

“Asheville on Bikes has really grown over that last eight years. We play a critical role in transforming our city’s transportation options, provide after school urban bicycle education, and continue to host a variety of outreach events designed to encourage and inspire participation in urban cycling,” says, Asheville on Bikes director Mike Sule.

Sule, who will present a State of the Bike address at 7 p.m., is eager to give attendees an organizational progress report. “We’ve been hard at work over the last year honing and developing the organization,” he says. “It’s time to celebrate our accomplishments, honor our volunteers and share our strategic direction with the community.”

Ever an ally of the two-wheeling population, New Belgium Brewing Co. will provide a selection of craft beverages for the evening. While attending the event is free, $10 buys guests one of four such brews along with a small food plate prepared by The Market Place owner and executive chef William Dissen. He has planned the following beer and bites pairings for the event:

La Folie (sour brown ale) — crispy pork belly, local sorghum, acorn squash, bread-and-butter pickles

Ranger (India pale ale) — corn fritters, spicy tomato relish, coriander yogurt

Snapshot (wheat beer) — heirloom farro salad, roasted cauliflower, arugula, confit shallot vinaigrette, sunny quail egg

Abbey (dubbel) — Abbey-glazed Hickory Nut Gap beef short rib, jalapeño-cheddar biscuit, green apple and buttermilk blue slaw

“It’s an exciting opportunity for The Market Place to collaborate with Asheville on Bikes and New Belgium Brewing for the Beer & Bites for Bikes,” says the local chef. “We are all interested in the organic growth and development of Asheville, and multi-modal transportation infrastructure is key in the evolution of our city.” Asheville on Bikes will receive $1 from each sale of Dissen’s pairings.

Since no party is official without tunes, local performer DJ Molly Parti will kick off the festivities with a 6 p.m. set. Organizers are encouraging attendees to RSVP here.

Beer and Bites for Bikes, 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, The Market Place, 20 Wall St.

Original article here.http://mountainx.com/arts/asheville-on-bikes-throws-8th-birthday-party-beer-and-bites-for-bikes/

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.”