Conscious party: Beers for Gears

RACK 'N' ROLL: Catawba Brewing Co.'s dedicated bike rack may necessitate overflow parking when the brewery hosts Asheville on Bikes' next fundraiser on Thursday, Sept. 24, from 6-9 p.m. Photo courtesy of AoB

WHAT: Asheville on Bikes’ Beers for Gears

WHERE: Catawba Brewing Co.’s Rick Room and outdoor patio

WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 24, 6-9 p.m.

WHY: 2015 has already proved a busy year for Asheville on Bikes. “Beyond our community rides and bike corrals, we’ve focused much of our efforts on advocating for better infrastructure,” says director Mike Sule. “The two big wins thus far have been the inclusion of Asheville’s first protected bike lane as part of the RADTIP project and on-street bike parking on Haywood Road”

Now Sule says AoB members are working to affirm to state representatives that transportation improvements can hold great value for communities.

“Current proposed legislation is working to curtail a city’s ability to include sidewalks and bike lanes on NCDOT roads,” he explains. “AoB is working statewide to see that legislation doesn’t pass. All of these projects involve working with the business community and city and state agencies. AoB is out in the community making the case and building the relationships to expand our transportation options.”

Funds from the upcoming Beers for Gears event — planned by social networking group Asheville Affiliates — will be used to expand those advocacy efforts, Sule says.

The $25/$30 cover charge includes kebabs and other appetizers catered by Green Opportunities; Hickory Nut Gap Farm beef tongue pastrami and Smoking J’s aioli served on roasted garlic crostini catered by Farm Burger; live R&B, soul and jazz tunes by local band Caromia and the Siamese Jazz Club; craft beer and wine plus entry to win raffle prizes. “And several local businesses have donated a variety of gift certificates for the silent auction,” Sule adds. “It’s great to have so much support for AoB from our business community.”

Visit ashevilleonbikes.com for more information on other AoB events and advocacy.

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Kat studied entrepreneurship and music business at the University of Miami and earned her MBA at Appalachian State University. Follow me @katmAVL

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