Yesterday, Oct. 21, a group of Asheville on Bikes organizers scouted out and finalized the route for this year’s Pumpkin Pedaller community bike ride. Pictured here from left to right are Mike and Emily Sule, Racher Reeser and Steven Slack, as they stopped on top of the City-County parking deck, the site of a planned costume contest. (Photo by Jake Frankel). Here’s the details on the annual Halloween–themed ride via an Oct. 22 press release:
Asheville on Bikes Presents Sixth Annual Pumpkin Pedaller
Newly Expanded Community Bike Ride Enjoys Higher Profile,
Welcomes New Community Partners
Asheville, NC, October 22, 2012 — Asheville on Bikes announces its sixth annual Pumpkin Pedaller, to be held on Saturday, October 27, beginning at 3:00PM. The Pumpkin Pedaller, a hallmark of the fall season in Asheville, is a celebration of all the things that make our city a nationally-recognized Bike Friendly Community, as recently named by the League of American Bicyclists.
The ride meanders throughout Asheville at a rolling social pace and is designed to encourage cyclists of all ages and skill levels to participate. Costumes are customary but not required. The route includes much of downtown, several north Asheville neighborhoods, and the River Arts District. Coinciding with Moogfest, this festive event is truly an Asheville institution.
With special permission from the Buncombe County, this year’s route includes a stop at the top of the City-County parking deck, where Asheville on Bikes partners with The Van Winkle Law Firm to host the annual costume contest. Prizes are twenty-five dollar gift certificates provided by the Western North Carolina Bike Dealers Association, good for use at area bike shops.
The Pumpkin Pedaller beings at 3:00PM at Pack Square Park in front of City Hall and culminates at the Wedge Brewery in the River Arts District at 5:30PM. There, beverages, music, outdoor dance and games, and eats from the El Kimchi food truck take the event into the evening. Details, including a turn-by-turn map of the route, can be found on Asheville on Bikes’ facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/AVLonBikes.
About Asheville on Bikes:
Asheville on Bikes is an all-volunteer group dedicated to cultivating the culture of commuting and urban cycling within our city through celebration and advocacy. AoB believes bicycling has a direct impact on the health of our community, and supports cyclists by providing free, secure bicycle parking at events such as Downtown After 5, LAAFF, and Bele Chere; organizing seasonal, family-friendly community rides; and partnering with local cycling advocates including the Asheville Bicycle/Pedestrian Task Force and Strive Not To Drive to ensure that Asheville remains a safe place for all road users. Asheville on Bikes wants you to Ride Your City. For more information, visit www.ashevilleonbikes.com.