AoB Welcomes AVL’s First Bike Corral w/ City of Asheville & NCDOT

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Over the last year, The City of Asheville, North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), West Asheville Business Association (WABA), and AoB partnered to explore the option of providing a bicycle corral somewhere along the Haywood corridor. A bicycle corral is a series of on-street bicycle racks that can provide parking for fifteen or more bicycles.  

In the summer of 2014 AoB’s director, Mike Sule and Barb Mee, the city’s pedestrian and bicycle coordinator, presented the concept of a bike corral to WABA since Haywood Rd has some of the highest bicycle counts in city. “Following the presentation, everyone supported the addition of a  bike corral. Frankly, I was a little taken back that the entire room was ready to move forward with the corral. Generally, there are a few skeptics. It just goes to show, there is  tremendous support for advancing active transportation throughout the business community,” says Sule.

Once WABA had endorsed the corral, the city was required to secure an encroachment agreement from NCDOT because Haywood Rd is an NCDOT maintained highway. “NCDOT was pleased to have worked collaboratively with the community on the bike corral project, we understand that this is a project of local importance. We were pleased to provide the encroachment agreement,” states Kristina Solberg, NCDOT Division 13 Planning Engineer.   

“NCDOT, Asheville’s transportation department, and the business community were incredible to work with. Each agency understood the value and worked diligently to respond to the need. The bike corral is a clear example that Asheville is a community that knows how to work well together. I appreciate the spirit of cooperation and inclusion throughout this project. I’m also ready to celebrate,” says Sule

First day on the job & a full house.

First day on the job & a full house.

Vice-Mayor Gwen Wisler, who is a bike commuter, herself, and has been active in Asheville’s cycling advocacy will serve as the city’s dignitary at the ribbon cutting. We are excited for the addition of our first on-street bike corral – installing multimodal infrastructure like this is one is a step toward meeting Council’s vision of a well-planned and livable community, and of transportation and accessibility. The City is also thrilled to have business support of this project,” states Wisler.

On Thursday, April 28th the community is welcome to participate in the ribbon cutting to welcome Asheville’s first bicycle corral. The event begins at 6pm. Representatives from each of the partnering organizations will say a few words at the ribbon cutting.

Following the ceremony, Westville Pub welcomes all to continue the celebration with music by DJ Jut Rut and a portion of New Belgium Brewing and Catawba Brewing Co. sales dedicated to support Asheville on Bikes.

Haywood Corral Ribbon Cutting:

6pm – 6:30pm     Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

6:30 – 8:00pm     Westville Pub Bike Corral Celebration

Haywood Rd Ribbon Cutting Event 

Asheville Citizen Times covers bike corral ribbon cutting.

                                    

Tuesday is 5% AoB Day with Giveaways and Fun

Starve your fridge! Do your last-minute gift shopping! Giveaways from AoB! $3 pints…

On Tuesday, Dec. 16th it’s Shop ’til You Drop at Greenlife (Merrimon Ave) & Whole Foods (Tunnel Road), when Asheville on Bikes receives 5% of all profits on everything for sale in both stores.

AoB will have a table set up at each location, so swing by, say hello and stock up on all your holiday essentials. See familiar faces, get some giveaways, and support AoB.

Don’t miss: Whole Food’s Tap Haus will also be offering $3 pints on Tuesday, Dec. 16th.

More at our Eventbrite page!

Celebrate Asheville’s New Greenway Saturday!

Bike of the Irish 2014 celebrates the green and greenways!

Bike of the Irish rolls this Saturday, March 15th at 1 pm. Asheville on Bikes’ annual community ride attracts participants of all ages to celebrate spring and the joy of bicycle culture in Asheville. This year, the 13-mile ride celebrates more than the wearing of the green.

“This year, it’s about green and greenways,” says AoB founder Mike Sule. “Construction begins this month on an extension of the Reed Creek Greenway, and our annual ride celebrates that greenway achievement as well.”

Saturday’s Bike of the Irish 2014 is led by Asheville resident  (and AoB member) Tony Hauser. A civil engineer with Altamont Environmental, Tony designed the final leg of the greenway that will connect the UNC-Asheville area and downtown.

“It’s been a pleasure for Altamont to work with UNC-Asheville on this long-awaited leg of the greenway,” says Tony. “The facility connects commuters, students and families with transportation and recreational opportunities along a restored natural corridor.”

For more information on the new greenway in Asheville, read today’s article in the Asheville-Citizen Times.

So how about joining a few hundred of your closest friends Saturday to celebrate green and greenways on AoB’s iconic Bike of the Irish ride? There’s a volunteer Pedal Patrol to help support and direct participants. For more event information, visit AoB’s Facebook event page. Tech type? For topographical information on the route, click here.

Smiling, Tony adds, “If my 9 year-old can ride Bike of the Irish, you can.”