News, information, and resources for media
If you are a journalist, blogger, or reporter and would like to reach out to Asheville on Bikes for story or comment, we welcome you to contact us via our online form. Please include your name, contact information, and time frame for response.
Press inquiries should be directed to Mike Sule, Executive Director of Asheville on Bikes. In addition to using our web form, you may also email Mike directly.
About Asheville on Bikes
Asheville on Bikes is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating the culture of urban and commuter cycling in Asheville and Buncombe County through advocacy & celebration. Founded in 2006, Asheville on Bikes began as a group of 25 cyclists who dressed up and rode in Asheville’s holiday parade, winning a $750 prize for their spirited presence. That prize became the nest egg for Asheville on Bikes’ initial advocacy efforts, including community rides, bike corrals, and many, many emails to city and county staff.
We believe that cycling has a direct impact on the health and happiness of our community. Our membership, board members, and dozens of business sponsors work with public officials at the city, county and state levels to advocate for better roads, sidewalks, greenways and infrastructure that allow bicyclists, pedestrians, and motorists to safely exist in harmony. In addition to our advocacy efforts, Asheville on Bikes celebrates the joy of riding a bike through family-friendly group rides, bicycle safety and education courses, and premier annual events.
We’ve made a real impact
Our efforts have resulted in numerous victories for cyclists and pedestrians, including:
- In 2008, AoB successfully advocated for the City of Asheville to adopt its Comprehensive Bike Plan, a network to enhance bicycle use.
- In 2009, AoB played a critical role in the design of the Clingman Avenue bike lane that is used daily by hundreds of cyclists going back and forth between West Asheville and downtown.
- In 2015, AoB worked with New Belgium and the City of Asheville to study the impacts of a 4-foot bicycle lane and was instrumental in expanding that bike lane to 5 feet, to better accommodate cyclists.
- In 2016, AoB played a role in the defeat of HB44, a poorly written law that sought to limit a NC city’s ability to add bike lanes by adding an unnecessary state level approval process.
- Also in 2016, AoB succeeded in persuading the City of Asheville to add its first dedicated bike corrals, one on Haywood Road in West Asheville and one on Banks Street on the South Slope
- Also in 2016, AoB led the #VoteAVLBondsYES campaign, which proved successful in helping secure the passing of Asheville bonds to fund bike and pedestrian projects
- In 2017, the City of Asheville Multi-Modal Transportation Committee voted unanimously to endorse NACTO bike-friendly planning standards following a presentation by Asheville on Bikes.
- Read more about our impact »
Notable media mentions
Asheville on Bikes gets noticed! We’re proud and honored to be considered an authority on bicycle and pedestrian issues, and have been featured in various publications.
North Carolina Talks the “Vision Zero” Talk While Pushing to Make This Speedway Even Wider – Streetsblog USA
Jan 11, 2018
Read the Streetsblog coverage of NCDOT’s failure to follow through on Vision Zero and Complete Streets in their plan for widening and speeding up a section of Merrimon Ave.
A stretch of road where railroad tracks cross Riverside Drive is a danger to cyclists and needs to be fixed, according to a local nonprofit. Mike Sule, executive director of Asheville on Bikes, said his organization is collecting damage and crash information for the city through an online report. Continue reading…
Asheville on Bikes Rolls Out Bike Love 2016 – Mountain Xpress
February 10, 2016
Who knew that heartbreak could be so good for the local cycling scene? Back in 2005, bike advocacy helped Mike Sule distract himself from the heartache of a tough breakup. Since then, however, Asheville on Bikes, the organization he subsequently founded, has become a well-known advocate on both local and state-level transportation issues. Continue reading…
“I think our urban biking culture is as passionate as Portland’s; it’s just younger. We want to reign it in and develop it…Relying on a bike focuses spending in the city.We want to empower cyclists in Asheville to see themselves as an economic force.” – Mike Sule in Urban Velo. Continue reading…
Asheville on Bikes makes news! A few of our most recent press releases…
AoB Executive Director Mike Sule Urges Asheville City Council to Prioritize Bike Safe Routes in RADTIP Plan Adjustments
June 21, 2017
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