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
On 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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Phone: Tobe Holmes 843-345-7709
Online Form: http://charlottebikes.org/involvementform