Do you love cycling? How about art? Festivals full of family fun? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions then make your way over to University Mall in Chapel Hill tomorrow to see all of this rolled into one great event, Pedal to the Metal!
Saturday, August 28th, the fun starts at 9:30 a.m. with a Kids’ Bikes Parade! Prizes will be given for “Best Dressed Bike” and all participants will get a free t-shirt. The rest of the festival kicks off at 10 a.m. and includes exhibits from Tar Wheels Bike Club, bike vendors, tune-ups, bike safety information, combining cycling with other commute modes, and other community groups that support cycling for exercise or travel.
This event will also be the launch of the public, traveling exhibition for The Triangle Commuter Bike Initiative (TCBI). University Mall and TCBI are holding this event as a celebration of the beginning of construction on the first connector bike route of Barbee Chapel Road to Massey Chapel Road with bike lanes to the American Tobacco Trail (ATT). This stretch of bike lanes is the first step in a plan to connect more than 58 miles of bike lanes in the Triangle.
Still looking for more? Then come check out the functional art of Josh Hadar. In his Manhattan-based studio, Hadar Metal Design, he creates radical bike sculptures that are functioning bicycles! Don’t miss this opportunity to see how he employs artisanal metal sculpting with the latest environmental technologies to create these unique bicycles that you may not get another chance to see locally.
Keep the environmentally friendly theme and ride your bike to the event. Too far? Combine bike and bus to get there. This Trip Planner link and the Bike-on-Bus instructions should help you make it there in time to join in on all of the fun. We hope to see you there!