Strive Not to Drive must-do events

Friday, May 18: The Asheville On Bikes bicycle corral returns with the first Downtown After Five of the season. Cycle to the Lexington Avenue street festival and leave you bike (coat check-style) with AOB at the entrance to DTA5. The corral is free (and can be found throughout the summer at a local events); tips help AOB’s mission.

Monday, May 21: Mayor’s leadership community ride, hosted by city and county leaders on Monday, May 21. Meet at 5:15 p.m. at City Hall for an hour-long easy ride. (Prior to the cycle trip, city leaders attend an invite-only bus ride and some join the bike group. The Mayor, for whom the bike ride is named, last rode four years ago, according to Reeser.)

Tuesday, May 22: The multi-modal fashion show takes place at the Magnetic Field in the River Arts District from 6-8 p.m. Come early for drinks and dining; the runway show kicks off at 7 p.m. with a trunk show at 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 23: Commuter station at the LAB from 5-7 p.m. includes free bike parking and SNTD giveaways such as keychains, bags, patch kits, ankle straps, snack bars and stickers.

Friday, May 24: Breakfast commuter stations run from 6:30-8:30 a.m. with coffee and breakfast treats, water refill stations and giveaways. The stations are at the transit center downtown (geared toward bus commuters); at the 240 overpass on Lexington Avenue; on Clingman Avenue at roundabout, next to the bicycle fixit stand; on Haywood Road next to Lucky Otter.

Also: Transportation Planning Manager Mariate Echeverry says that the city of Asheville has instituted a fare-free period for bus users from Monday, May 21 through Friday, June 8. The three weeks of free rides, beginning with Strive Not To Drive, coincides with ART, Asheville Redefines Transit, during which new routes will be announced. And, while there is not a skateboarding component this year, there could be in the future, considering the current to push to legalize skateboard riding on downtown streets.
— A.M.

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