Volunteer in AVL’s Annual Bike / Ped Counts

We count.

We count.

We need you to get out there and count the pedestrians and cyclist in our city the week of Sept. 14th. Let’s continue to inform transportation policy with data. Currently, NCDOT does not conduct bike / ped counts as part of their design phase. It’s up to us to provide those numbers. And without you out there counting, we won’t have the data we need to expand active transportation.

Register for the annual here.

Bike counts will be conducted on Tuesday through Saturday morning beginning on Sept. 15th.

Volunteer training sessions will be held at UNCA on the following days and times:
9/10 noon — Sherrill Center, room 402
9/10 5pm — Sherrill Center, room 402
9/14 noon — Sherrill Center, NCCHW conference room (in the NCCHW office area, not the classroom/arena side)
9/14 5pm — Sherrill Center, room 407

Be sure to post the AVL Bike / Ped Invite on your facebook page and share with friends.

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.

Pumpkin Pedaller ’14

October means only one thing to hundreds of Ashevillians: the return of the Pumpkin Pedaller, a much-loved, much-anticipated annual event organized by Asheville on Bikes.

High-spirited, costumed cyclists will ride this year’s 10-mile route on Saturday, November 1st, beginning at Asheville City Hall and culminating at The Wedge Brewery.

Gather at 2:30 at Asheville City Hall 
Pedal at 3pm about the City
Culminate at 5pm-ish at The Wedge Brewery

Facebook Event Page

Pre-order your Clingman Cafe meal online for a no-fuss, roll-up lunch. AoB gets 10% of proceeds.

Show our scrumptious sponsors some love!

Pumpkin Pedaller '14 Sponsors


Ready to serve on the Pedal Patrol? Asheville on Bikes is currently seeking volunteers for Pumpkin Pedaller. Simply fill out this form and we’ll get you scheduled. 


Pumpkin Pedaller 14 route

Route info






Pumpkin Pedaller '14 Route


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.


Mike Sule

Director of Asheville on Bikes


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.

April 12th Teach Kids to Ride

You game for sharing the bike culture with kids at Healthy Kids Day?
Volunteers are needed to help kids learn bike handling skills at our bike rodeo (bike skills clinic) during Saturday, April 12th’s Healthy Kids Day, a huge kids’ festival held in Pack Square Park. This is an annual event, and the Blue Ridge Bicycle Club has committed to serving large numbers of participants this year!
Kids learn basic riding skills and signalling; some arrive wanting to learn how to ride, period.  Intrigued? New volunteers will be teamed with others who have previously worked our bike rodeos.
Our event takes place in the Renaissance Hotel parking lot Saturday, April 12 from 11 am – 3 pm. Contact Claudia Nix to volunteer for this feel-good gig that powers the future for bicycling.