“We saw a rising tide of urban commuters, but we didn’t see what we wanted in the market. It was either that you get kind of a stripped-down fixie with maybe one brake, or there are the high-end boutique bikes that are manufactured in Europe, but they’re out of reach for the average customer.”
After returning from the Netherlands – often ranked as one of the happiest and most bike friendly countries in the world – Ilya Pikus began searching for a Dutch bike of his own. Frustrated by his lack of options, Pikus decided to design an urban commuter bike that was budget-friendly and road-ready. Get the full rundown on the new Peace Bicycle here.
“First and foremost, you need to inflate the tires. I can guarantee the tires are flat.”
Spring weather have you ready to break out the bike? Not so fast – if your bike’s been hibernating all winter, it may need a tune-up before you hit the American Tobacco Trail. Check your tire pressure and break pads, but most importantly, invest in a good helmet. Although these safety tips are from Rhode Island specialists, the same rules of thumb still apply in the Triangle. Read their tune-up suggestions here.
Whew! This has felt like a long week and I’ve still got one more day to go! Luckily, there are some fun things to look forward to this weekend (pumpkins and corn mazes and music, oh my!).
Remember, we’ll show you the way, but please make sure when planning your trip to your destination that you’re on the right departure date and time.
It’s almost the weekend! It’s October! This weekend’s events are really getting in the spirit of the Fall.
In this week’s guide of events in the Triangle, we’re including those that are on various service routes and some that are off the beaten path, ’cause here at GoTriangle we support ridesharing and active transportation. Carpooling is a great way to reduce congestion, so instead of everyone meeting at the event, link up at one point and ride there together. Half of the fun is getting there!
Remember, we’ll show you the way, but please make sure when planning your trip to your destination that you’re on the right departure date and time. If you’re looking to bike via greenways and trails to your destination, you can select that on the trip planner – just use the advance settings. You can also use Google maps and select the bike mode.
So go out, enjoy the weather and see what the Triangle is up to!
Do you own a bike? Do you consider yourself a cyclist or just someone who can ride a
The goal of the East Coast Greenway Alliance: to connect the east coast for an uninterrupted ride from Canada to Key West.
bike? Either way, you may be interested in this event coming up in October. Whether you want to ride a mile or all 39 miles – everyone is welcome to join in for the Cross Triangle Greenway Kick-Off Event on October 22nd. The East Coast Greenway Alliance, the organizer of the ride, is excited to work with dozens of local partners to establish a safe and accessible route for bicyclists and pedestrians to get from one Triangle community to another.
That Friday, starting at noon at the NC Museum of Art (which is located along the Reedy Creek Trail, in case you’d like to ride there as well), there will be some opening remarks and then by 12:25 p.m. everyone will hit the trails rolling.
This ride will pass through beautiful sections of Umstead State Park, Bond Park in Cary, roll into Chatham County along the White Oak Greenway and then up the American Tobacco Trail before a finale celebration in Durham at the American Tobacco Campus lawn by the Durham Bulls Stadium around 5:30 p.m. NC Secretary of Transportation Eugene Conti and others will be on hand to show their enthusiasm about the project!
Cyclists on the American Tobacco Trail.
Many more details will be posted to the website, CrossTriangleGreenway.org, in the weeks ahead, and everyone interested in participating in this ride is welcome – whether you ride the entire length of the route, ride along for a mile or just show up to support and enjoy the finale celebration. Those interested in participating are requested to RSVP or send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interested in seeing the future? The monthly Sierra Club meeting scheduled for tomorrow could hold the knowledge you seek.
Tomorrow, Thursday, August 19, the Capital Sierra Club will have local experts of both greenway advocacy and cycling fame present on the topic, “Our Expanding Greenway System: Exciting New Developments!”
Vic Lebsock, Senior Greenway Planner, and Sig Hutchinson, a member of the Raleigh Bike and Pedestrian Commission, will present how everything is or will connect. From neighborhood segments to cross city routes to interstate connectors – if you have questions about the Triangle’s greenway system, this is the place to get your answers. This program is appropriate for anyone interested in greenways and cycling routes including Raleigh, Wake Forest, Knightdale, Clayton, Garner, Cary, Durham, the American Tobacco Trail, Mountains-to-Sea Trail, and the East Coast Greenway.
Held at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh on Wade Avenue, doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the event runs from 7 – 8 p.m. A wine reception with the presenters is planned following the event.
Please consider joining the Capital Group Sierra Club for this special event and occasion. For more information visit http://northcarolina.sierraclub.org/capital/.