Bicycle safety in the state of North Carolina has been a hot topic this year. Since August (and work was being done before that to get to this point!), a committee – House Bill 232 Bike Safety Law Study working group aka Working Group - has feverishly been working together to propose recommendations on legislation to the NCDOT, to be presented to our NC Legislature. Note: this whole process is supposed to ultimately be about ensuring cyclists’ safety. Let’s ultimately reduce cycling fatalities to ZERO. Read on to see what’s happened over the course of a few days, quietly, and what you can do about it!
Before we begin, we would like to thank the NCDOT for allowing this process of the Working Group to happen and for rock-solid information to be learned and presented, as well as for keeping our roads, highways and interstates safe. However, we do not applaud your actions in how you carried out the shifting of the Group’s recommendations prudent to cycling safety in North Carolina, as noted below.
Over the course of four months and four Working Group meetings (plus lots of out-of-meeting research), they came to agreement on twelve topics and submitted to the NCDOT a report that detailed each topic’s pros and cons thoroughly. Unfortunately, the NCDOT didn’t take the Working Group’s recommendations too seriously and even went against their recommendations on a few, which we’ve noted below. The modifications by the NCDOT were fairly drastic to what was recommended by the very group who’d spent four+ months conducting research, analysis and interviews across the state and even beyond our state lines. The biggest disagreements from Working Group’s recommendations and the report just unleashed by NCDOT are on these three topics:
- Should it be required that cyclists/riders ride in single-file on the road, or two+ abreast?
- Must the cyclist remain to the right side of the lane, and if not, then where?
- Is it required that group rides of 30+ riders be “approved” by the local, presiding government of where the ride will be held?
See the report, including the NCDOT’s (anonymously) inserted recommendations by clicking HERE.
What We Need to Do About This by Tuesday, Dec. 29 at 5:00 p.m., before this report goes to NC Legislature for voting:
iDaph Events and iDream Athletes Foundation, as ride organizers and cycling enthusiasts, stand strong and firm that cyclists’ safety on the road is our top priority when we conduct cycling events and educational opportunities on our often-rural, mountain roads (i.e.: AVLWBL, Lung Buster Time Trials, Asheville & LPC Triathlons and more)
To ensure the NCDOT hears us loud and clear, and that they know that we want to continue to keep cycling safe in North Carolina, please:
- Contact your Representative and Senator (if you don’t know who they are, please click HERE). See email template to copy/paste to your representative.
- Contact the NCDOT’s Feedback representative (he’s not the guy that makes decisions, y’all), by emailing him at: email@example.com. When you email him (see our prompt below), please mark your subject line as “Comments on HB232” and address your email to NCDOT,
- Tell your cycling friends about this! Spread the word on social media and by an email to your friends that enjoy the freedom to ride on the road.
- Use the prompts provided by BikeWalk NC (at the bottom) or this template:
As a cycling enthusiast, I urge the NCDOT and the North Carolina Legislature ensure cyclists’ safety on the roads. I urge the NCDOT to consider allowing cyclists the full use of the lane and not just the right-side, as that allows for potential crashes and defensive driving by motorists; not limiting side-by-side riding within a single lane because group riding tends to offer safe group riding practices; and lastly, not enforcing that group rides of 30+ riders be registered and permitted, as most group rides cross between many municipalities and that will deter ride organizers to be able to safely plan for and execute these group rides. Thank you for your consideration of these amendments to your report to be reviewed by our Legislature.
The iAM program invites all levels, all abilities, all ages, all passions and all facets of exercise to apply for a spot in our 2016 iAmbassador program, which will bring together many people from across the area who love the outdoors and want to connect with other enthusiasts!
Some of the perks include, but there’s more!:
- iAm swag!
- iAm Bucks to be used towards race entries for yourself and others!
- Bragging rights and your photo/profile on our iDaph.net website!
To learn more about our iAmbassador program and to complete the application, please visit the website HERE. Applications are due by December 27, 2015.
#GivingTuesday is about embracing the spirit of the season by giving back!
Be part of the Movement.
By making a monetary contribution to iDream Athletes Foundation, you help make an opportunity possible for residents of western North Carolina to enjoy the experience of a sporting event or activity, whether it be participating in our Asheville Winter Bike League (AVLWBL), the purchase of a new bike for local youth or adults, race entry fees paid for an unemployed athlete, or swimming lessons for someone training for their upcoming big event or Ironman! Join us in helping our western North Carolina youth and adults by making a tax-deductible contribution today.
When you support iDream Athletes Foundation through an online donation, HERE, you support the mission to provide opportunities for Western North Carolina youth and adults who are unable to pay for sporting event fees, coaching, travel expenses and/or equipment to train for and/or participate in our WNC sporting events and opportunities. This tax-exempt, 501c3, non-profit provides needs-based scholarships. The amounts to be gifted are determined on a case-by-case basis through a criteria-selection process.
In addition, we will assist in fueling the growth for local running, cycling and multi-sport champions, teams, clubs, locally owned stores and communities in Western North Carolina by providing resource and financial support when conducting our key activities.
The Second Annual New Year’s Resolution Run 5k event through Downtown Asheville, NC streets on New Year’s Day, starting 2016 off with a bang! This race welcomes families and participants of all ages to come run or “crawl” their way to completing their first resolution!
Friday, January 1, 2016
Late Start of 10:00 a.m.
Downtown Asheville ~ Pack Square Park
Consider these BRAND NEW, limited quantity offers and order today when registering!
- VIP Treatment & pampering on Race Day
- Multi-family registration discount
- 2016 commemorative keepsake
- Comfy, long-sleeved tee!
VISIT idaph.net FOR MORE INFORMATION, EVENT MAPS, and to REGISTER.
All proceeds benefiting the YMCA of Western N.C. and iDream Athletes Foundation!
CONGRATULATIONS INAUGURAL TRICK OR TRAIL RUNNERS AND SPOOKY SPRINTERS!
We had a blast at the inaugural Trick or Trail 5-miler and 1-mile Spooky Sprint at DuPont State Recreational Forest on Friday, October 30!
Thank you to everyone that came out to our inaugural race at Dupont in the dark. We had over 75 participants in the Spooky Sprint one mile, un-timed fun run/walk event and 70+ in the five mile Trick or Trail event. We hope you had a great time and want to invite you to join us again next year on Friday, October 28th, 2016!
Photos!! We would love to see your race photos that you took last night! Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org to be featured on our website and on our social media pages.
Survey: We would love your feedback and positive comments to make this event even better in 2016. Share them with us if you volunteered or participated in the event here.
Special shout out to Pisgah Area SORBA and the Brevard College Cross Country Team for all their help out on the courses last night!
Your participation in this 2015 event supported a great local charity / chapter, Pisgah Area SORBA, who through advocacy, education, and recreational opportunities, carries out its mission to promote land access, trail preservation, and new trail development in order to enhance mountain bike touring, racing, fun, and fellowship for all mountain bicyclists in the southeastern United States. Pisgah Area SORBA chapter covers Transylvania, Henderson & Buncombe Counties.
A Notable Congrats to all of this year’s 5-mile winners!
Men’s Overall and new COURSE RECORD HOLDER: Ethan Doherty
1 Ethan Doherty Fletcher NC 31:04.3
2 Arek Robinson Asheville NC 31:34.6 3
David Short Asheville NC 32:24.8
Women’s Overall and new COURSE RECORD HOLDER: Amber Moran
1 Amber Reece-Young Asheville NC 36:31.7 2
Megan O’Connor Asheville NC 40:53.5 3
Dorothy Irwin Asheville NC 43:12.7
Master’s Men Overall: Bill Baldwin, Brevard, NC 32:39
Master’s Women Overall: Mary Roderick 51:30
Costume Contest Winners:
~Funniest: Bib #253 - Brent Grooms
~Most Classic: Bib #194 Brittany Grooms
~Kid’s Overall: Bib #83 Ty Mwengi
Please Visit our RESULTS PAGE to view all winners and results.
AWARDS and PRIZES:
If you were not able to stay to get your beautiful, pottery award or your costume prize please email email@example.com
to coordinate pickup at the idaph HQ next week. If you would like your award mailed to you, you will be required to pay shipping.