Bike of the Irish 2017

Bike of the Irish rides Beaucatcher greenway

 

On Saturday, March 18th the 11th annual Bike of the Irish rolls through Asheville and you’re invited to participate.  The year the ride begins at Wedge at Foundation, Wedge Brewing Co’s new space located at 5 Foundry Rd, rolls through the River Arts District, into the downtown, and explores the Beaucatcher greenway  (in the rough) before returning to the Wedge for an after ride celebration around 3pm.

 

Bike of the Irish is Asheville on Bikes annual spring ride. Participants are encouraged to  decorate themselves and their bikes in green as they ride the city in celebration of spring and the expansion of Asheville’s greenway system.

The event is free and open to the public. Families are welcome to participate as well. Everyone is encouraged to review and / or pre-ride the route to make sure it’s appropriate for their skill level. The ride rolls through active city streets and an unimproved greenway so riders can expect a  stretch of natural rough service along the Beaucatcher greenway. Participants are welcome to walk their bikes along this portion of the ride. Beaucatcher is a greenway in the rough but it’s truly a delightful place to visit and well worth the effort.

 

Please consider volunteering for Bike of the Irish as several volunteers are needed to make the ride a success. Review the Bike of Irish volunteer opportunities and select the one that works best for you.   

 

Join AoB on Saturday, March 18th for the 11th annual Bike of the Irish.

 

Bike of the Irish Details:

1:30pm  – Gather at Wedge at Foundation

2:00pm – The ride begins

3:00pm – Culminate at Wedge at Foundation.  

 

Things 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.

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

 

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.

Be the Change in the Next 8 Hours

Asheville on Bikes knows no dream is too big. Our accomplishments speak for themselves. Will you support our shared goals with a tax-deductible donation in the final 8 hours of 2014?

We work for you every single hour of the year. (There are 8, 760 of those.) How about helping us in your final 8 of 2014?

We work in the following ways:

Equality → Legal: Federal, state and local, highway/traffic codes, legislation [that treat cyclists as full and equal drivers of vehicles] and policies, covering: uniformity, access, movements, and equipment. We actively work with professionals and entities responsible for our transportation system.

Education → Schools and Bicycling Skills: Traffic skills education for the public, transportation professionals, law enforcers, and legislators. We teach kids and adults to ride safely, and we work with various entities to include multi-modal education in existing programs.

Engineering → Transportation: highway and bikeways development, including: designs, controls, construction, and maintenance, including funding sources. We advise, work alongside design professionals, and provide feedback for existing measures.

Enforcement → Police and Courts: Equitable treatment of cyclists through citations, trials and diversions. We mobilize resources and assistance as needed. We ride with officers and work together to create understanding.

Encouragement → Public and private efforts: advertising campaigns, promotions, and outreach. Yep; we do that too.

Evaluation → Public agencies: Measurement of the effects of the other 5 E’s to inform our efforts. Because it makes sense.

Here is the link. Start your 2015 out right – click now!

 

Tell NCDOT that bikes matter!

The North Carolina Department of Transportation held a public comment session in April regarding proposed changes to the I-26 / 191 (Brevard Road) interchange. Major concerns remain after that meeting. NCDOT will accept comments via email until this Wednesday, May 8. NCDOT’s plan is in clear violation of its own policies and ignores both the Buncombe County Greenways Master Plan and the City of Asheville Bike Plan. Asheville on Bikes urgently invites you to tell NCDOT that these guidelines matter and that all people deserve safe transportation options.

Show your support for cyclists and pedestrians in Buncombe County! Cut and paste the following and send it to Anthony Tata, Secretary of Transportation (ajtata@ncdot.gov), Michael Wray, NCDOT Project Development and Environmental Analysis Unit (mgwray@ncdot.gov), and AoB (ashevilleonbikes@gmail.com) before this Wednesday, May 8.

If you’d like to step away from the computer screen for a moment, you can also have your say by calling Michael Wray at (919) 707-6050.

Dear Mr. Tata and Mr. Wray:

NCDOT’s proposed changes to the I-26 / Brevard Road (191) interchange in Buncombe County stand in clear violation of NCDOT’s own Complete Streets Guidelines and Healthy Transportation Policy, and disregard both the NCDOT/MPO-funded Buncombe County Greenways and Trails Master Plan and the NCDOT-funded City of Asheville Bicycle Plan. I urge you to bring this project into compliance with these guidelines, for the benefit of all road users.

This project currently does not accommodate people of all ages and abilities, including people too young to drive, people who cannot drive, and people who choose not to drive–all groups expressly mentioned in NCDOT’s Complete Streets Guidelines. The pedestrian and bicycle facilities included on this project are minimal or inconsistent in how they were presented at the recent public comment session, and NCDOT’s handouts failed to mention any mode of transportation beyond the vehicular. In failing to accommodate access for all users, the design elements shown at the workshop do not comply with the “Purpose of the Project” statement, which acknowledges that “NC 191 (Brevard Road) connects residential, workplace, shopping, recreational, and visitor destinations in South Asheville.” With Asheville’s designation as a Bicycle Friendly Community, the enormous economic benefit of bicycle infrastructure, and multimodal transportation on the rise nationwide, surely NCDOT doesn’t believe that these connections occur only by car and truck?

When our own citizens are left out of project considerations, and when state and local guidelines are cast aside, we all lose. I ask you to ensure that this major project complies with the NCDOT Complete Streets Guidelines, the NCDOT Healthy Transportation Policy, Buncombe County’s Greenways Master Plan, and the City of Asheville’s Bicycle Plan. The changes you make will have a lasting impact on the people who live, work, and travel through Buncombe County, and I urge you to remember travelers in all modes of transportation as you complete this project.

Thank you,
Concerned Citizen and Cyclist

For more detailed information, including links to all policies and plans mentioned, read on: