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The Blue Ridge Bicycle Club has donated over $500,000
since 2004 for local bicycle advocacy


2023 Donated $35,000 to the Ecusta Trail from Advocacy funds, and raised another $105,000 from donations for the Trail; Sent five members to the North Carolina Bike Walk Summit - expenses paid; Donated $3,500 to Fletcher Elementary School to start a bicycle education program.

Asheville on Bikes for advocacy work gathering public comment about extending the bike lane in downtown Asheville; Madison County Rotary Club for a Saris Fix-it station in downtown Marshall; Bike Walk NC conference sponsorship; City of Brevard and Conserving Carolina for the Bracken Preserve mountain biking trails; Graham Turner -- a rising 11th grader at Polk County HS -- to give bicycles to low-income families children 5-17 years old for Christmas and teach them safe cycling skills; Transylvania County for a cycling repair station at the Brevard Visitors Center

2021 Mills River Valley Trail, Mills River Bike and Pedestrian Plan, bike racks for Mills River, $35,000 to the Ecusta Trail, helped with helmet give-away program for children


2020 Friends of Ecusta Trail, Connect Buncombe, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in honor of Craig Mosley, Fletcher bike and pedestrian plan, bike racks for Beth Israel, fix-it stations


2019 Bike rack donation to the Woodfin YMCA, IC Imagine School for their Mountain Bike program, Mills River Valley Trail


2018 Cane Creek Greenway feasibility study, adult education program, and new bike racks at the YMCA in Candler


2017 Funded half of the local match for bike and pedestrian plans for the town of Laurel Park, and Transylvania County


2016 Donated to the Erwin School cycling program, bike racks to schools, Fix-it stations and bike-to-school sponsorships, funding for several members to attend the NC Bike Summit, donated $10,000 for the bike plan for the City of Hendersonville.


2015 Match donations for the Black Mountain Riverwalk Project, reserved $10,000 for the proposed Ecusta Trail; $5000 each for Transylvania County and Henderson County, Fix-It station at Oskar Blues Brewery, sponsorship for the North Carolina Bike Summit and planning for the 2016 Summit in Asheville.


2014 Paid for shared-lane markings and way finding signs for the 4th Ave bike boulevard in Hendersonville and provided a fix-it station for Fletcher Park.


2013 Donated a bicycle rack for North Henderson High School allowing a student to ride his bike to school every day and to securely park it, way finding signs to direct bicyclist from UNC-Asheville to downtown and West Asheville, assisted the Asheville Parks and Greenway Foundation in the printing a park and greenway map, conducted 5 bicycle skills training sessions for 383 children and 76 parents, provided assistance to Club member Patrick Ende for his Eagle Scout project of organizing the bike skills program for the YWCA of Asheville summer camp program.


2012 Strive Not to Drive Committee to assist with funding and marketing their program; assisted the Waynesville Rotary for the following projects: create the Blue Ridge Breakaway bike ride, study the economic impact of bringing bicycling events to the community, and how to become a bicycle friendly community; Brevard College for a training program for several college students on rail trails; Connect Buncombe family bicycling program to help market the proposed Greenway Master Plan, took over the responsibility for organizing and running the children’s bicycle education program from Healthy Buncombe, and put on three bicycle rodeos teaching 160 children how to ride a bike.


2011: Provided funds for the Hwy 251 Greenway Feasibility Study, which will extend the future, Wilma Dykeman Riverway from Broadway north to the Buncombe/Madison county line, acted as fiscal agent for Asheville on Bikes, provided funds to help develop an economic impact assessment for the Ecusta Trail.


2010: Provided funds for the Haywood County Bike Plan, donated to Asheville on Bikes for the purchase of portable bike stands for bike corrals, purchased materials needed for teaching the bicycle awareness materials for the Driver’s Education program in Buncombe County and Asheville City Schools, Fiscal agent for the Pedal Link project to assist the city of Asheville and Buncombe County in purchasing an 11-acre tract of land along the Hominy Creek to extend the existing greenway along the French Broad River into West Asheville.


2009: Donated to Buncombe County to assist in the feasibility study of developing a greenway trail from Ridgecrest through Black Mountain to the proposed Wilma Dykeman trail on Azalea Road, and donated to the Henderson County Schools to develop a program for teaching kindergarten students how to balance and ride a two wheel bicycle.


2007 & 2008: Donated to Ashville Youth Cycling to assist in the organizations formation and to purchase bikes for the kids to ride on the track at Carrier Park in Asheville and also to Santa Pal to assist in purchasing bikes for kids at Christmas.


2006: Donated to help develop a mountain bike path in the Rough Creek section of Haywood County.