What the heck is a bike corral?

beer city fest bike corral 2013One of our favorite things about running a bike corral is the delight on cyclists’ faces. We see them roll up, scan for a bike rack, spot us… and smile like the dickens. Why, yes, this bike parking is free for everyone. It’s safe, secure, you can leave your helmet, lights, pannier–all that stuff you worry about walking off if you leave your bike locked up unattended.
But we’ve encountered plenty more folks who have no idea what the corral is for. We’ve been doing corrals for so long, we forget that they’re still a new thing for some folks. So we put together this handy corral FAQ, to introduce newbies, and maybe teach our old friends something new.

How does this corral thing work? It’s like valet parking–you check in your bike, and get a claim ticket. We keep your bike in the corral, where our volunteers will keep an eye on it, while you go have fun. When you come back, hand in your ticket and get your bike back. Easy, peasy.

How much does it cost? It’s absolutely free. Always has been; always will be. We do accept donations.

Can I park my bike trailer/tandem/unicycle/recumbent? Of course. If it’s on wheels and powered by human muscles, we’ll park it.

You mean I don’t need to lock my bike? Is it safe? You bet. Our volunteers will never leave the corral unattended, and no one else is allowed access to the bikes.

How can I help? We’re so glad you asked. Our corrals are 100% volunteer-run, and we can’t do it without you. Working at a corral is a great way to help AoB, meet other cyclists, and, depending on the event, enjoy a little free music and entertainment. Shifts are usually short–two or three hours. Your responsibilities are simple, but vitally important to AoB’s mission: you park bikes and keep a count of how many come through the corral. We’ll give you guidance so you can help sell AoB merchandise, answer questions about AoB’s events, and generally promote urban and commuter cycling in Asheville. You don’t have to be a bicycle expert or a hardcore cyclist to be a great volunteer–a simple desire to help out is enough!

This sounds great! Where do I sign up? Email our corral coordinator at bikecorral@ashevilleonbikes.com to become a volunteer.

Bike corrals make every event better!

A word from Z, our Corral Coordinator:

After last year’s record 1,800 bikes parked in & around Asheville, Asheville on Bikes is striving to park 2,500 bikes this summer! But we can only do it with your assistance. By investing your time back into the community and joining us in this highly-visible activity, more people will realize how important bicycling is to Asheville. Please consider more than 1 event to volunteer for. Perhaps find a friend or two and consider an on-going event like RiverMUSIC or the Mountain Sports Festival. Also, I am looking to train a few corral managers to handle some events. Shoot me an email for more information.

Remember…When YOU show, WE grow!


May 17th DTA5, 5 pm to 9 pm, Corner of Lexington & Hiawassee – Strive Not to Drive is staffing the corral, but by all means, Ride Your City. PLUS, the Bright Light Biker will be held immediately following…

May Bright Light Biker, Fri. May 17th, 9 pm – til, Packing up corral at DTA5 and transporting it to ABC on Coxe Ave. Could use 4 or 5 folks to assist. Food and Drink perks at ABC.

The good folks of Asheville Brewing are providing $100 cash prize for the best illuminated bicycle. And a $100 gift certificate for the runner up. Ride your City well illuminated.

Montford Music & Arts Festival, Sat. May 18th. 10 am – 7 pm.  Shifts are a ‘flexible’ 2 1/2 hour block of time. 10 am -12:30 pm, 12:30 – 3 pm, 3 – 5:30 pm, and 5:30 – 7:30 pm. 1-2 people are needed each shift. Festival is dry. Click for location.

May RiverMUSIC, Fri. May 24th, 5 pm – 10 pm along Riverside Drive, between Craven St. bridge and 12 Bones (across river from New Belgium site). Shifts are 4:45 pm to 7:15 and 7:15 to 9:45 pm. Need 2 folks early, then 1 for late shift. Performers include: >stephaniesĭdMary Frances and The Dirty Classics, and Molly Parti. 

Mountain Sports Festival, Fri. May 24th, 4 pm to 10 pm, Carrier Park. Shifts are 3:45 to 5 pm, 5 to 7, 7 to 10 pm. 2 volunteers needed per shift.

Mtn. Sports Festival, Sat. May 25th, 12 pm to 10 pm, Carrier Park. Shifts are 12 pm to 2 pm, 2 to 4, 4 to 6, 6 to 8, and 8-10 pm. 2 volunteers needed per shift.

Mtn. Sports Festival, Sun. May 26th, 12 pm to 6 pm, Carrier Park. Shifts are 12 pm to 2 pm, 2 to 4, and 4-6:30 pm. 2 volunteers needed per shift.

Beer City Festival, Sat. June 1, 1 pm to 6 pm. Pack Square Park. 1 volunteer needed each shift, 1 pm to 3:30 pm, and 3:30 to 6 pm. Since this is a ticketed event, volunteering does not include any perks. 

June RiverMUSIC, Fri. June 14th. 5 pm to 10 pm, along Riverside Dr. Shifts are 4:45 pm to 7:15 and 7:15 to 9:45 pm. Performers include: G.E.D. Soul Records Showcase!, DeRobert & The Half-Truths, The Coolin’ System, and AJ & The Jiggawatts & Empire Strikes Brass. Need 2 folks early, later shift is covered.

June DTA5, Fri. June 21st, 5 pm to 9 pm, Corner of Lexington & Hiawassee – ProBikes is sponsoring the corral.

July RiverMUSIC, Fri. July 12th, along Riverside Dr. Shifts are 4:45 pm to 7:15 and 7:15 to 9:45 pm. Need 2 volunteers per shift.

July DTA5, Fri. July 19th, 5 pm to 9 pm, Corner of Lexington & Hiawassee – **Your business could be the official Corral Host. Contact Z at aobikecorral@gmail.com for more info.**