Blue Ridge Bike Club members have been involved in a number of advocacy endeavors over the years, from rating the roads for the Bicycle Transportation Map in the original in 1989 map and updated the map in 2008, to riding the recreational neighborhood bike routes.
The club has been very involved in donating funds to support fund raising rides in the area, as well as donating funds to improve riding conditions and supporting riding organizations. We have donated over $120,000.
Over the past several years BRBC has been a sponsor of the NC Bicycle Summit and has assisted local schools in purchasing bike racks for students and teachers. Some of the schools requesting grants were North Hendersonville High School, Weaverville Elementary, Hominy Valley Elementary. BRBC has also gave the City of Asheville Transportation Dept. $1,050 to purchase bicycling wayfinding signs to and from Downtown to West Asheville and UNC-Asheville. These signs direct cyclists to use roads with existing bicycle infrastructure and roads that cyclists use frequently. Some of the other BRBC advocacy activities over the years follow.
- 2019 BRBC assisted the YMCA in Weaverville and in Candler and the Beth Israel Congregation in Asheville in purchasing bicycle racks for their members and those attending public meetings at their location.
- 2018 BRBC assisted Connect Buncombe in raising matching funds for a feasibility study for a greenway along the widening of I-26. We also gave Conserving Carolina $1,000 to use for advocating for a greenway through Mills River along Hwy 280 from Westfeldt Park to the future Ecusta Trail.
- 2016 BRBC gave the Erwin School District Bike Club $1,000 to assist their programing at Erwin Middle, Erwin High and and Eblen Intermediate School.
- 2015 BRBC offered to match donations for the Black Mountain Riverwalk Project and it did get enough donations to give this project $4000. see total amount given. Representing another project, the Blue Ridge Bicycle Club has reserved $10,000 for the proposed Ecusta Trail, $5000 representing Transylvania County and $5000 representing Henderson County. read the article Also thanks to the Blue Ridge Bicycle Club and the Fletcher Flyer, Oskar Blues Brewery North Carolina now has a brand new Fixit station to make sure your bike is in top mechanical shape for your ride! more info BRBC has also been a major sponsor for the North Carolin Bike Summit and this year we have several BRBC members working on the planning committee as the conference will be held in Asheville in 2016.
- 2014 BRBC received a generous donation that helped it enable the City of Hendersonville to buy signs for the Fourth Avenue bike boulevard. Road markings 3 feet wide by 9 feet long indicate the travel path for the two-wheelers. Also Way finding signs were purchased with this donation which tell riders the distance to Jackson Park, for instance, or where to turn to reach City Hall or the Playhouse Downtown. Other BRBC funds were used to provide a fix-it station at Fletcher Park.
- 2013 BRBC provided funds for a bicycle rack for North Henderson High School after learning that a student who rode his bike to school every day had nowhere to securely park his bike. We provided funds for the new wayfinding signs to direct bicyclist from UNC-Asheville to downtown and West Asheville and back with mileage on them and we assisted the Asheville Parks and Greenway Foundation in the printing of their park and greenway map.
We conducted 5 bicycle skills training sessions in 2013 training 383 children and 76 parents. One of the sessions was rained out but we provided information and training for the parents who showed up for the indoor children's festival. A boy scout and bike club member, Patrick Ende earned his Eagle Scout designation by helping to organize the bike skills program for the YWCA of Asheville during their summer camp program. In an effort to be more sustainable with this program we are hoping both boy scouts and girl scouts who wish to earn their special awards will become involved in our program.
In addition to donations, in 2012, BRBC took over responsibility for organizing and running the children’s bicycle education program from Healthy Buncombe, and put on three bicycle rodeos teaching many children how to ride appropriately, training 160 children so far this year.
Children learning bicycle handling skills
Safety First – Making sure that bike helmet fits