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

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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!


Grand Opening of Gastonia BMX Track

June 25, 2012

Gastonia BMX Track

The Charlotte area now has a second BMX track, this one is in Gastonia! Built by riders, for riders, this non-profit cycling organization is dedicated to the development of BMX racing for all ages and skills. Their website still is being developed but they are keeping their Facebook page updated with photos!

Grand Opening: Sunday July 1, 2012

Race Time: 2pm

1001 North Marietta Street, Gastonia, NC
Sims Legion Park – Exit 17 off I-85


Survey and Feedback for Direction of CABA

June 21, 2012

As many of you know, the Charlotte Area Bicycle Alliance has been quietly transitioning with significant changes in key leadership. These individuals will be sorely missed due to their on-going dedication to Charlotte area cycling.

As CABA enters this period of transition with a strong Board or Directors of committed advocates who aim to represent all facets of the cycling community. CABA’s broad objective through this organizational transformation is to transition to a membership focused organization working on behalf of Charlotte’s diverse and healthy cycling community.

As part of this change, we are pleased to announce that the Charlotte Area Bicycle Alliance has unanimously voted in confirmation of Weldon Weaver as the chairman of the Board of Directors. Weldon has been a long time CABA board member and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge about all facets of Charlotte’s cycling community to the organization. Jon Harding, will continue serving as treasurer. As a vice president and manager at Wells Fargo, Jon brings a unique business perspective to CABA’s on-going operations. Keith Sorenson, one of the visionaries behind the Charlotte Recyclery, an urban planner in Indian Trail and longtime urban cyclist in Charlotte also remains. Arleigh Jenkins, a cycling focused marketing and communications guru, was welcomed to the BOD over the past month.

Tobe Holmes will serve as the interim executive director of the Charlotte Area Bicycle Alliance. Tobe has been a board member since 2011 and is currently employed by Charlotte Center City Partners. We are pleased that Tobe will be leading the organization as we progress through this exciting transition.

To begin these efforts we are looking for your feedback and direction. Below is a survey that we would greatly appreciate your response and feedback on. If we missed something, let us know!

Take this survey

In the meantime, look for more exciting news and announcements from CABA in the coming months. We’re certain you’ll be as excited as we are about the opportunities to continue Charlotte’s transformation into the premier Southeastern cycling city.

Thank you,
CABA Board of Directors