Hats off to the Pumpkin Pedallers

I would like to say "hats off" — or rather, "helmets off" to the large group of bike riders — 100 or so — that rode up Beaucatcher Mountain on Halloween Eve.

They were delightful. And they were very well organized, polite, friendly, courteous and very appropriate for the Hallow Eve. I truly enjoyed watching them ride by. They were riding in the direction of Helen's Bridge when I saw them. Who was responsible for organizing this delightful group? Maybe I'll join you next year!

[Editor's note: Xpress shared this letter with Asheville on Bikes, which conducted the "Pumpkin Pedaller" ride that Hart witnessed. Mike Suhl, the group's executive director, offered this response: "Dear Helen, we are Asheville on Bikes. Thanks for taking the time to write and acknowledge our courteous ways. One of the goals of our organization is to cultivate the culture of urban cycling. Even though our roads are narrow and sometimes steep, we believe there is plenty of room to share when all modes of transportation are willing to work together. After all, it's people who use the roads, not cars and bicycles.

"You don't have to wait until next year to ride with Asheville on Bikes. We have several upcoming events including the Asheville Holiday Parade, the Bright Light Biker and Bike Love. Check out our Web site for details, at ashevilleonbikes.com.

"Thank you once again for highlighting the fact that cyclists know how to share the road."

— Helen Hart

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