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

Beers for Gears

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.

 

Step Right Up // Keith Young Answers AoB’s Candidate Forum Questionnaire

Tell us something about your transportation habits. How do you get around Asheville?

I am one of many Asheville residents that rely solely on an automobile. However, since I work downtown I tend to walk most places while in the area. It’s very convenient to move in and around the city when essential amenities are close. Shaping development with density in mind gives residents easier access to cleaner, greener alternative transportation methods Also, I’m not an avid biker however, being able to utilize bicycles downtown if readily available would be a sensible addition. Quick and easy access to a system of bicycles throughout our metro area, near bus stops, and greenways could help compliment our multi-modal transportation plans. Once the greenways connect, I can envision a total network of travelers engaging in a bike share system with limitless possibilities. You may even see me riding one through downtown on a lunch break running errands.

What do you consider to be the most significant transportation advancement in Asheville and what impact does it have on our community?

Giving consideration to all things, I would have to simplify this answer. Our bus system has made incremental advancements. I believe we have a great deal of work ahead of us. Our goal should focus on making this system a tool for everyone. Sunday Bus service and extended hours have assisted many Asheville residents in closing the gaps of their basic everyday needs. This was a small victory when viewing the scale of a system that could do more to serve Asheville residents. A victory none the less and an achievement .

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AoB hosts Get There Asheville // Oct. 22 at Clingman Cafe

GetTherePosterDuring each election cycle, Asheville on Bikes (AoB) hosts two candidate forums focused on the issues of Asheville’s transportation systems and needs.

AoB’s second candidate forum, held prior to the general election, is called Get There AVL. It will be hosted by New Mountain in downtown Asheville. The event is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 22nd from 6:30 to 9pm, so please save the date.

Read Their Take on Transportation

All current Asheville city council candidates have received an invitation and questionnaire from AoB. Candidate responses will be posted to AoB’s website in the order they are received. Each candidate was asked: 

  1. Tell us something about your transportation habits. How do you get around Asheville?
  2. What do you consider to be the most significant transportation advancement in Asheville and what impact does it have on our community?
  3. Please identify one way in which you’ve worked to make Asheville safer for pedestrians, transit users, and / or cyclists. What did you learn from this experience?
  4. What do you consider to be Asheville’s primary transportation challenge and how do you propose to fix it?

Click Below for Candidates’ Responses to AoB’s Forum Questionnaire:

Richard Liston>>

Carl Mumpower>>

Corey Atkins>>

Julie Mayfield >>

Dee Williams >>

LaVonda Payne>>

Joe Grady>>

Ken Michalove>>

Brian Haynes>>

Rich Lee>>

Grant Millin>>

Lindsey Simerly>>

John Miall>>

Marc Hunt>>

Keith Young>>

 

Step Right Up Facebook Event Page 

AoB’s second candidate forum, held prior to the general election, is called Get There AVL. It will be hosted by New Mountain in downtown Asheville. The event is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 22nd from 6:30 to 9pm, so please save the date.

 

 

Get There AVL Facebook Event Page