Asheville on Bikes cultivates a culture of commuter and urban cycling through celebrations and community participation. The group believes that biking has a direct impact on the health of our environment and citizens.
Bicycle socials, like the upcoming Pumpkin Pedaller, are meant to unite the community around cycling. Asheville on Bikes designs rides that offer something to all cyclists. Founder Michael Sule says, “Our events aren’t about bicycles; they’re about people. We want people to come together and ride our city. Asheville is a wonderful city to live in; it’s an incredible city to ride.”
As more and more people depend on the bicycle to commute, Asheville on Bikes says it has a responsibility to be a leader in Asheville’s vibrant bicycle culture. In order to foster road etiquette, the group partners with local bicycle shops to offer discounts on bicycle lights and bells. Members want people to ride and have fun, but most importantly to be safe on the road. Artistic Coordinator Rachel Reeser explains, “Community rides are about having fun and enjoying yourself while meeting new folks who share the same enthusiasm for riding bikes—any kind of bike. Together we ride respectfully and joyfully to help strengthen and encourage the culture of Asheville cycling.”
The second annual Pumpkin Pedaller will be Friday, Oct. 31. The ride will begin at 6:30 p.m. at City/County Plaza and end at the Wedge Gallery, where there will be a Halloween bash. Costumes encouraged, and cost is $10. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org.