Feedback Needed to Develop New NC Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan with NCDOT

August 1, 2012

We all talk amongst ourselves about wanting to stand up for bikes and that cycling as transportation or recreation is important to us. There is now a chance to give the North Carolina Department of Transportation your two cents on the matter!

The N.C. Department of Transportation is in the process of developing a new statewide pedestrian and bicycle plan – and it is seeking the public’s help to craft a vision for the future of biking and walking in North Carolina.The plan, which will be developed by the department’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Division, in collaboration with state agencies and regional, private and industry stakeholders, will examine how to create a safer pedestrian and bicycle network that also benefits the state’s economy, public health and environment.

When completed, the plan will be among the most comprehensive of its kind in the nation.

Learn all about the plan at NCDOT’s website, and share your thoughts and ideas related to pedestrian and bicycle transportation at the plan’s online community forum – www.walkbikenc.com.


CABA and Trips for Kids Charlotte are Hosting a Youth Bicycling Clinic – And We Need Your Help!

July 30, 2012

Charlotte Bicycle RodeoCharlotte Area Bicycle Alliance is excited to partner with Trips for Kids Charlotte and local cyclists to host a youth cycling clinic and bike drive in South Charlotte’s  Mountainbrook neighborhood.  The clinic will be geared toward kids and parents to teach youth how to safely bicycle in our city for transportation and fun.

The Mountainbrook neighborhood reached out to the cycling community in an effort to give it’s young residents the skills to get around their community having fun and in style – by bike!  CABA is seeking 10 volunteers to help make this event a success.  This clinic will be held on Sunday August 26th from 2-4PM in the parking lot of the Mountainbrook Swim & Racquet Club, 3100 Mill Pond Road, Charlotte, NC 28210. We’re seeking volunteers who are 18 and over, are experienced cyclists, and mechanically inclined to assist with the clinic.

Come out and join us to help the Charlotte community learn safe cycling skills.

This is a first of a kind event for CABA that we hope to be the start of a series of cycling skill clinics.

Please contact the caba volunteer coordinator at volunteer@charlottebikes.org to sign up


A Dawn of a New Day for Charlotte Area Bicycle Alliance

July 24, 2012

Charlotte Bicycling

Charlotte Area Bicycle Alliance (CABA) is excited to announce and declare the dawn of a new day within our non-profit organization with a simple mission: to meaningfully impact and serve the Charlotte area community by promoting bicycling among all people.

Originally founded in 1997 under the name of B.I.K.E.S. of Charlotte Mecklenburg by Dan Faris, and renamed in 2007 as Charlotte Area Bicycle Alliance, the organization has undergone an intensive 60 days of change.

Earlier this summer CABA had three leading men step down. Dan Faris as Board President, Martin Zimmerman as Executive Director and Bill Short as Secretary all resigned between the end of May and early June 2012.

The first step of CABA’s transition was to appoint Weldon Weaver to President of the Board and Tobe Holmes as interim Executive Director. Weldon has been active on the board of CABA for several years and brings a vibrant style of advocating to this leadership position. As interim Executive Director, Tobe Holmes will provide day-to-day management and leadership through the development of a long term strategy and restructuring of the organization.
Joining the board in June was Haley Beaupre in the Secretary position. Haley brings an analytical mind and motivating personality to this important phase of CABA. In addition, Haley is on the Charlotte Bicycle Advisory Committee that advises the City Council on bicycle plans and makes recommendations on implementing the policies and strategies.

Another female addition to the Charlotte Area Bicycle Alliance Board of Directors is Arleigh Jenkins. With a marketing background and as the Southeast representative for Quality Bicycle Products, Arleigh will become a networker of cycling advocacy for CABA across the Southeast. A large focus for Arleigh will be rebranding and starting the marketing pushes for CABA in the second half of 2012 into 2013.

A Dawn of a New Day for Charlotte Area Cycling

Charlotte Area CyclingOn Saturday, July 14, 2012, the Board of Directors and a small group of Charlotte area cycling enthusiasts met for a daylong facilitated meeting of the minds.

The goal from the Board of Directors for this meeting was the following:

1. An hour-long bicycle ride around Charlotte to witness specific Charlotte bicycle initiatives such as the Little Sugar Creek Greenway, 4th Street green bike lane, and East Boulevard bike path

2. Share findings of a recent Charlotte area cycling survey that CABA had put together

3. Decide on specific priorities for the next 6 months under the new leadership to solidify the placement of CABA in the hearts and minds of Charlotte area potential and current cyclists

Priorities for Charlotte Area Bicycle Alliance for July 2012 – February 2013

Take CABA to the Community

To develop a plan, curriculum and list of events to put CABA in specific outreach to expand the network of current and potential cyclists who are knowledgeable of CABA, including:
• An Education Program
• CABA Ride Series focusing social rides and events
• CABA Event Calendar of events that CABA will be in present with tent and collateral

Cyclovia Event for 2013

To start researching logistics, partners and needs to host event in April of 2013.

Economic Impact

To design and complete a usage and economic impact study of the Little Sugar Creek Greenway, with the aim of educating elected officials as a means of advocacy, while also providing the findings to the broader Charlotte area community as an informational service.

Charlotte B-Cycle Involvement

To develop a plan with Dianna Ward of Charlotte B-Cycle to help educate, advocate and promote the new bicycle share program called B-Cycle.

Increase Exposure of CABA

A small team of volunteers to think of specific out of the box ideas to promote CABA in areas that may be overlooked.

Example:
Permanent bicycle mechanic’s stand and tools at greenway trailheads

CABA Needs Your Involvement

We have taken your survey results to create the above priorities. Now it is your turn to help us meet and exceed our priorities! Our goal is to complete and exceed these by February of 2013. We are building committees of our volunteers to work on each priority and the first step is to hear from you on what you would like to be involved with, what skills or detail you can bring to this committee, where you live and a phone number to get this started quickly!

There are many ways to let us know you want to be involved!

Email: info@charlottebikes.org or tobe@charlottebikes.org
Phone: Tobe Holmes 843-345-7709
Online Form: http://charlottebikes.org/involvementform


Photos of B-Cycle Unveiling

July 13, 2012

As we have mentioned, yesterday was an exciting day for Charlotte area cyclist with the Charlotte B-Cycle release. The event included a few great speeches and for willing volunteers we were able to ride the B-Cycle bicycles for the first time!

Photo Credit: Weldon Weaver


Hello Charlotte B-Cycle!

July 12, 2012

Hello Charlotte B-Cycle! Through a partnership with Charlotte Center City Partners, NC Blue Cross Blue Shield, Carolinas HealthCare System and the City of Charlotte – there will soon be 200 blue bikes located among 20 bike share stations all over Uptown, South End and the Little Sugar Creek Greenway!

The system aims to  provide  access to bicycles for short-distance trips in the Center City and offer an alternative to motorized public transportation or private vehicles.  The affect: cleaner air, healthier people and less congestion.  Just unlock a bike from any station and return it to any station system wide.  There when you need it, gone when you don’t.

Come check it out for free Thursday, July 12 thru  Sunday, July 15 at the Trade & Tryon + 7th Street Market Stations.  For more information go to CharlotteBcycle.com!

CABA members receive a $10 discount off of their Charlotte B-cycle annual membership, normally $65. Just email bikeshare@charlottebikes.org for your promo code and pin!

Charlotte B-cycle members receive a $20 discount off of the CABA annual membership, normally $35.

B-Fit, B-Smart, B-Cycle!


Bicycle Safety on WCNC’s Charlotte Today

July 6, 2012

Charlotte local, Jodi Winterton, was recently in a segment on Charlotte Today talking about bicycle safety. Thank you Jodi for being part of the movement.

Unfortunately the video is not encoding properly so please click the link to view the video!


Welcome Haley Beaupre to the CABA Board of Directors!

July 3, 2012
We are pleased to announce that Haley Beaupre has joined the Board of Directors and will assume the Secretary position.   Haley grew up in Minneapolis area, where she learned to love riding around the lakes, and attended the University of Notre Dame, where she learned to love riding among the corn fields.  Haley moved to Charlotte in 2010 and now works as an analyst at Bank of America.  In addition to the CABA board, Haley is currently also on the city’s Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC).  We are looking forward to her experience and energy.  Please join us in welcoming Haley into her new role.
Haley Beaupre. Photo by Weldon Weaver. Read the rest of this entry »