You’ve done so much. You’ve only just begun. Help AoB help Asheville.

Dear AoB Supporter,AOB_Clint_rr3

When you first biked in downtown Asheville, what did you notice? If you’re like most in our community, you probably had a hard time finding a complete bike friendly route to get to your destination.

Why? Because Asheville’s infrastructure development is only five years old. And since that first bike ride, what changes have you noticed?

Your voice, your volunteerism, and your contributions have helped make critical changes for biking in Asheville.  We are so grateful for helping to make these changes possible, and as we continue to gain ground in our community, your generosity will continue to determine our success.

You are the HEART of Asheville on Bikes! You made 2015 a BIG year…

  • Your participation helped defeat state legislation which jeopardized the implementation of bike lanes and sidewalks on state owned roads.
  • You successfully advocated for Asheville’s first protected bike lane as part of the RADTIP project.
  • You partnered with the City of Asheville, the West Asheville Business Association, and the North Carolina Department of Transportation for the first on-street bike corral.
  • Your voices were heard and a 5 foot bike lane on Craven Street became reality.
  • Participation and the number of community rides continues to grow each year.
  • You created new partnerships with the Blue Ridge Bicycle Club, the University of North Carolina,  and enabled Asheville to host Cycle Smart, adult bicycle education classes.
  • You created a transformative partnership with the Asheville City Schools Foundation to provide after school bicycle education to middle school students.
  • You played a meaningful role in our community by hosting Asheville city candidate forums to inform public of transportation issues and candidate positions.

Thanks to you, Asheville on Bikes continues to push the pedals to advance Asheville’s urban cycling. We’re on a roll, but to sustain this cadence, your support is needed. We’re asking you to fuel the Asheville on Bike’s engine – by donating to our operating budget with a year-end gift.

Please click here to give online»

Thank you so much for your help!

Warm regards,

Mike Sule

Director of Asheville on Bikes

I – 26 Connector Public Hearing – Monday, Nov. 16

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On Monday Nov. 16th, North Carolina and the Federal Highway Administration will host a public hearing on the the I-26 Connector at the Renaissance Hotel Grand Ballroom, 31 Woodfin St.

Asheville on Bikes encourages people to participate in the public hearing. The format is set up to be a drop in event to learn and discuss the connector. The public hearing format will be:

4pm – 6:30pm: Pre-Hearing Open House to answer questions and receive comments on the project.

7pm: Formal public hearing

AoB encourages people to RSVP to the public hearing and share the event with your circles.

The I-26 Connector Project, which has been organized by Mountain True, has a page which enables people to post public comment and sign on to the I-26 ConnectUs Vision principles.  The I-26 Connect Us Vision principles is:

To ensure the long-term health and success of the economy, citizens, and environment of Asheville and the surrounding area, the final design and construction of the Asheville I-26 Connector should achieve:

  • safe travel for interstate and local traffic;
  • improved connections between neighborhoods and from neighborhoods to major roads for all modes of local traffic – pedestrian, bike, car and bus;
  • minimal destruction of neighborhoods, homes, and businesses and remediation of past highway project impacts on minority and low-wealth communities;
  • maximum return of land to Asheville’s tax base for the City’s use and benefit;
  • minimal harm to air and water quality; and
  • improvements that match the scale and character of Asheville.

For more reading on issues with the I-26 Connect:

Don Kostelic of Kostelic Planning published an editorial in the Asheville Blade, “Chicken Little’s laboratory”.

Community Pushing Back Against Plan to Widen Interstate Through Asheville,” Streeblog USA.

DOT decisions on I-26 Connector in Asheville loom,” Asheville Citizen Times.

 

Oct 31 // Pumpkin Pedaller

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Join us for a costumed community ride that is FREE to all. Enjoy music, food, and camaraderie. Plus, we’ll be giving away prizes to those with the most ghoulish costumes!

Asheville on Bikes presents the ninth annual Pumpkin Pedaller on Saturday, Oct. 31st. The annual costumed community ride gathers in front of City Hall at 2:30pm, and rolls forward at 3:00pm on Halloween. The nine mile ride meanders through North Asheville, climbs Sunset Trail, and circles Montford before rolling back into town to New Mountain for a Halloween bike festival.

The Pumpkin Pedaller is the hallmark of the Asheville Halloween experience. And, AoB is set to deliver again, this year. Each year, the ride attracts more and more participants. We’re responding by hosting a bike festival at New Mountain following the ride.

We’ll have music by Speed Square, food trucks, Michael Mooney’s bike jousting, a costume contest, and a chance to win an Industry Nine wheel set. New Belgium will also donate portion of their beer sales to Asheville on Bikes. 

The Pumpkin Pedaller is free and open to the public. Participants are encouraged to RSVP at AoB’s event page, ride in costume and review the route prior to the ride.

2:30pm | Gather at City Hall
3pm | Pedal
5:30pm | Culminate at New Mountain
5:30 – 7pm | Bike Jousting!
6 – 8pm | Music
7pm | Costume Contest

Thank you to our sponsors! A portion of all New Belgium beer proceeds will support AoB.

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Together We Roll Forward

 

Mike Sule Strive Not to Drive 2015 by Jake Frankel

We’re winning!

On behalf of Asheville on Bikes, I’m excited to announce that the proposed legislation designed to curtail the expansion of bike lanes and sidewalks has been struck from HB44 and will not become law!

This summer AoB encouraged the community to contact their representatives and oppose section 7 of HB44. And the community overwhelmingly responded to the call to action.  We acted, and our representatives responded to our collective voice.

Thank you all for your participation. Together we roll forward and expand access to safe and complete streets.

I would like to publicly thank Representative Chuck McGrady, The Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, New Belgium Brewing CompanyPeople for Bikes, Bike / Walk NC and the Blue Ridge Bicycle Club. Each of them worked diligently to keep this provision from passing. Our success depends on partnerships, and I appreciate their active involvement in this campaign.

We’ve all worked hard over the last few month to ensure our streets continue to work for all people, moving by many modes. Today’s success calls for a celebration. Please join AoB at Catawba Brewing Company’s Rick Room on the South Slope on Thursday, Sept. 24 for Beers for Gears. At 8 pm, we’ll have a toast to celebrate our recent success. Together we roll forward.

 

Mike Sule

Director of Asheville on Bikes

 

 

 

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.

Beers for Gears

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Beers for Gears

The Asheville Affiliates present Beers for Gears at Catawba Brewing Company on Thursday, Sept. 24th from 6pm – 9pm.

The event is a benefit for AoB and features local food, craft beer and wine, live music, silent auction, and raffle items that range from restaurant gift certificates, Biltmore passes and a variety of outdoor gear.

Early bird tickets can be purchased online for the discounted rate of $25 / person. They will be $30.00 at the door. Ticket covers all food, beverages, and entertainment.

Beers for Gears will take place at the new Catawba Brewing Brewery, 32 Banks Avenue

Asheville’s Caromia and the Siamese Jazz Club will play a mixture of R&B, Soul, and Jazz.

Asheville on Bikes cultivates the culture of urban and commuter cycling through advocacy and celebration. We believe a biking community is a healthier community. The entire proceeds of this event will support Asheville on Bikes.

If you’d like to volunteer for Beers for Gears, please sign up w/ the Beers for Gears Volunteer Form.