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, some of the donations have gone to:
- 2015 BRBC Blue Ridge Bicycle Club 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 The Bicycle Club received a generous donation that it enabled 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 We 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.
- 2012 started a new BRBC Grant Program where organizations could apply for grants up to $1,000 each. These grants support the values and mission of the bike club. This year so far we have awarded grants to: Strive Not to Drive Committee to assist with funding and marketing their program; Waynesville Rotary for bringing in two speakers for two programs to coordinate with the Blue Ridge Breakaway in Haywood County they discussed 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 and included riding rail trails; and, Connect Buncombe family bicycling program to help market the proposed Greenway Master Plan.
- 2011: BRBC donated to the Feasibility Study for the Hwy 251 Greenway which will extend the future Wilma Dykeman Riverway from Broadway north to the Buncombe/Madison county line. We also acted as fiscal agent for the Buncombe County Grant that Asheville on Bikes received to purchase a mobile boom box bike which they use for their themed rides. The club also donated money to the Ecusta Trail committee to help develop an economic impact assessment to go along with their Ecusta Trail Plan
- 2010:BRBC donated to a matching grant with Haywood County Bike Plan. Also donated to Asheville on Bikes in purchasing half of the portable bike parking stands for the bike corrals and we purchased materials needed for teaching the bicycle awareness materials for the Driver’s Education program in Buncombe County and Asheville City Schools.
- 2010: Once the club received its 501c3 status in July 2010, it became the physical agent for the Pedal Link project which was started by Liberty Bicycles, Inc. to raise funds from the general public to assist the city of Asheville and Buncombe County in purchasing an 11 acre tract of land along the Hominy Creek which could extend the existing greenway along the French Broad River into West Asheville. With all bicycling organizations banding together we were successful in raising $27,000, the amount needed to complete the purchase.
- 2009: 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 to the Henderson County Schools to develop a program for teaching kindergarten students how to balance and ride a two wheel bicycle.
- 2007 & 2008: 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: To develop a mountain bike path in the Rough Creek section of Haywood County.
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