Join us for Bike-in Movie Night: I Heart Huckabees

August 22, 2012

Join us TONIGHT at the Common Market in South End for a screening of I Heart Huckabees, a 1994 comedy where a husband-and-wife team play two detectives, helping others solve their existential issues with “universal interconnectivity.” The film stars Jason Schwartzman, Dustin Hoffman, Lily Tomlin, Jude Law, Isabelle Huppert, Mark Wahlberg and Naomi Watts.

The screening starts at night fall on the outdoor patio of the Common Market South. Bring your own lawn chair if you like, bring a friend, bring a date, but most importantly, ride a bike! See you there.

See the trailer here: http://vimeo.com/21079288


B-Cycle Bike Share: Change on the Horizon

August 13, 2012

Ten years ago Charlotte did not have too much in the way of bicycle infrastructure.  Now the city boasts more than 60 miles of bike routes, bike lanes popping up all around the city, some incredible greenway connections, and even the occasional sharrow. Not only has the infrastructure expanded, so has the culture – exemplified by like the 24 Hours of Booty and a slew of races including the Presbyterian Hospital Invitational Criterium, the Noda Grand Prix, Dilworth Crit and Urban Assault Ride.

Topping the list of bicycle infrastructure is our new bicycle-sharing program, Charlotte B-Cycle. This seems to be the next logical step for the city of Charlotte as it positions itself for sustainable growth in the 21th century.

Certainly, the right infrastructure is important to support such a system, but adding a bicycle lane to every street simply is not practical, and it ultimately has diminishing returns in terms of safety. Studies from cities across the world report that  safety is best improved through increased ridership.  With more bicyclists on the street, the risk of injury or death in a crash with motor vehicle declines exponentially. This is because of raised awareness that bicyclists are commonly present. Additionally, incidents are particularly low among B-Cycle users, perhaps because of their increased visibility thanks to front/rear lights and the unique appearance of the bicycles.

Of course, following the rules of the road is imperative to the safe operation of all vehicles, including bicycles. For those who may not be as knowledgeable about the rules of the road as they pertain to bicycling, it is simple: act like you are driving. This means turn signals, stopping for traffic signals, and not moving to the front of the queue while waiting for one to turn green.  There will be a learning curve, but Charlotte is full of smart people who will manage to pick it up quickly. After all, it is just like riding a bike!

As we climb the learning curve, change is eminent. Other cities have found an increased number of cyclists and shifts in the types of cyclists taking to the streets, not just on B-cycles but across the board. This is because bike share tends to encourage a broader range of people to think about bikes as transportation because the commitment to purchasing, maintaining and storing a bicycle is diminished. Cost savings tend to reinforce the idea. Capital Bikeshare in Washington DC reports that members save an average of $891 per year in their system while AAA calculates car ownership at upwards of $9,000 annually.

Although members tend to find savings, it is being discovered that some of these savings are going to local bikes shops. It seems counter intuitive at first glance, but bike share encourages people to invest in their own bikes and accessories to make their ride even more enjoyable. This has led many to describe bike share as “a gateway” to bike ownership.

Cleaner air, healthier people, cost savings, and a boon for local businesses through a privately funded venture – seems like a good thing for everyone.

Are you ready to go out for a ride yet? Check out the casual bike ride calendar for a schedule of dates and times when you can meet a local cyclist or two at a station near you for a short ride around the city. The $8 daily membership will apply, but if you love it – that cost is applied toward an annual membership of $65 if you purchase within 24 hours.


Bike In Movie Night this Wednesday

August 6, 2012

The next Bike-In Movie Nite will feature the documentary film, Line of Sight by Lucas Brunelle. For the past ten years Brunelle has been following the best urban cyclist from 30 cities around the globe. This 60 minute film is a compilation of his best footage tracking these riders as they dodge and weave thru traffic like jedi pilots on bikes. Even if you disapprove of their riding style, you cannot help but admire their skill and dexterity in negotiated some of the most dangerous traffic in the world.

The movie will start at night fall on the outdoor patio of the Common Market South this Wednesday, August 8th. Bring your own lawn chair if you like, bring a friend, bring a date, but most importantly, ride a bike! See you there.


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!


Davidson Healthy Street Designs

July 9, 2012

This past Saturday I visited my local farmer’s market in Davidson. The purpose was to see first hand what Davidson is working on for their “Healthy Street Design.”

From Katherine Herbert, Davidson Design for Life Coordinator:

In September of 2011, the Town of Davidson received a grant for over $116,000 each year renewable for up to 3 years from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention: Healthy Community Design Initiative to conduct three health impact assessments (HIA) and to train others in conducting HIAs. This grant, which required no direct costs to the town, enabled Davidson to hire a DD4L Coordinator, Katherine Hebert, to conduct these HIAs and promote healthy community design. The grant was highly competitive and ranked Davidson equal to public health departments in Oregon, Massachusetts, San Francisco, Baltimore, and Douglas County Nebraska (Omaha).
Davidson Design for Life (DD4L) is an initiative the Town of Davidson created as a result of this grant to foster healthy community design through the use of health impact assessments (HIA), public participation, and collaborative efforts in Davidson, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region, and North Carolina.
DD4L Mission: “To help Davidson be a community that is healthy today and even healthier tomorrow while serving as a model for other small towns by implementing healthy design.”
DD4L Goals:
1. Develop a better understanding of the HIA process as it applies to small, rural towns and use HIA to evaluate and inform built environment decisions by the Town of Davidson as well as regional and statewide decision-makers.
2. More fully and broadly engage our citizens in the decision making process to make healthier lifestyle options available.
3. Collaborate with local, regional, and national partners to promote the use and understanding of HIA and healthy community design principals.
4. Document and share the steps we take and the partnerships we form in order to serve as a model for communities to follow nation-wide.
The Town of Davidson’s Davidson Design For Life initiative not only is focusing on healthy street design (PDF attached) as of one of its health impact assessments, but is also helping our citizens to stay safe in other tangible ways, such as creating a brochure on “Walking and Wheeling Safety Tips” (DD4L brochure PDF attached). In light of some recent bicycle and pedestrian safety issues, Davidson has also been working to increase crosswalk visibility and safety, and the NCDOT has been working to resurface Main Street to make the streets safer for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.

Public Meetings

As I mentioned this past Saturday for one of the “Public Meetings.” This involved a booth at the local farmer’s market where they had information sat out, a huge map of the Davidson area and little red, yellow or green dots you could put on the map to indicate places you feel are good, okay but could improve, or needs fixed.

Davidson Healthy Streets

More Info and Details

PDF Brochures for download

Contact Katherine with questions/feedback, or try to make one of the public meetings!

Katherine Hebert, Davidson Design for Life Coordinator, at (704)940-9620 or khebert@townofdavidson.org

• July 7 21- Booth at Davidson Farmer’s Market (8:00 AM-Noon)
• July 25- Meeting at Town Hall (6:00-8:00 PM)


NEXT CABA MONTHLY FORUM – TUES. JUNE 5

May 29, 2012

Come schmooze with us !

Bike maintenance – Francisco Montero

Have your questions answered and problems solved in a jiffy !

GUEST SPEAKER:Back by popular demand ! Francisco Montero, bike repair and bike fit specialist  –  Trysports bike and triathlete shop.

LOCATION: Kickstand Burgers-n-Bar  – 1101 Central Avenue at Heath Court a few blocks towards Uptown from Plaza Midwood.  We have a relaxed, quiet meeting room to the right of the front entry. Ample bike racks in front.  CLICK:  Mapquest

TIME: 6:30 – 8 p.m.  Meet kindred spirits. You don’t have to be a CABA member to participate. Meetings start and end on time.

Join Pamela Murray, CABA volunteer for an after-meeting ride in the Plaza Midwood neighborhood.

Francisco leads last year’s CABA Forum on proper bicycle fit