Strive Not to Drive 2014
Comments we received this year about Strive Not to Drive:
- Thanks for your leadership in raising awareness on this issue.
- You are all awesome! I love this week!
- I love the commuter stations! Such a great community!
- We need bicycle green ways on Tunnel Road. More people will ride when it's safe.
- What a great idea for our community! Thank you!
- This is a great initiative and I really appreciate your efforts. Keep up the good work!
- I bike commute year round - put over 1,400 mies on my bike last year from work commutes and errands. Any efforts to get more bike lanes or sharrows between West Asheville and Downtown is appreciated.
Bicycle Parking Corral at Downtown After Five
An estimated 120 bicycles were parked at Strive Not to Drive and Asheville on Bikes volunteers at the May 16. Downtown After Five concert event. After the Downtown After Five, 100 bicyclists participated in "Bright Light Biker" bicycle ride, an illuminated group ride that was organized by Asheville on Bikes.
Community Leadership Ride
Approximately 40 people participated in the Community Leadership Ride through the River Arts District on May 19. Mayor Manheimer spoke and several City of Asheville Council members and Buncombe County Commissioners were present and participated, as well as city staff and other stakeholders and members of the general public.
On May 20, several City Council members raced each other by bike, bus and car to prove that multi-modal transportation options are viable alternatives to single-occupant cars in Asheville. The race started at UNCA's Sherrill Center where UNCA organized a kickoff celebration and finished at City Hall. Councilman Jan Davis drove, Gordon Smith took the bus, and Marc Hunt and Gwen Wisler rode bikes. Councilman Hunt finished first but all modes finished within a short time of each other. When factors such as cost, health and environmental benefits were considered, the advantages of bicycle and transit commuting were even clearer.
Ride of Silence
The Ridge of Silence is an annual bike ride held in locations across the country and commemorates those who have been killed or injured while riding a bicycle. Ride of Silence was held on May 21. Approximately 25 people participated. Blue Ridge Bicycle Club usually organizes this ride.
Strive Not to Drive Commuter Breakfast Stations:
Strive Not to Drive Commuter Breakfast Stations were made available for commuters (cyclists, pedestrians, carpoolers, and bus riders) on May 22. The River Arts District station had 30 people stop by including 41 bicyclists and 15 walkers/transit users.
2014 encouraged 21 workplaces to participate in the Workplace Challenge and 219 individuals pledged to strive not to drive. Here are the workplaces that participated:
Altamont Environmental, Inc.
Asheville Chamber of Commerce
City of Asheville
ERA Sunburst Realty
Sunny Point Cafe
Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy
Evergreen Community Charter School
Land of Sky
Motion Makers Bicycle Shop
Oydessy Community School
Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy
Transportation Story Slam
May 23 was the Transportation Story Slam. It took place on the outside patio of Clingman Cafe. Around 25 people attended and several presenters shared their stories about transportation and commuting adventures.
Strive Not to Drive Annual Awards at the First Multi-Modal Mixer
The Awards Ceremony was the centerpiece of the first Multi-Modal Mixer hosted by the Strive Not to Drive Coalition and the Millroom. The Multi-Modal Mixer was one of the first events to bring together individuals committed to improving biking, walking, transit, and other forms of getting to work without being alone in a car for social time and networking.
The Strive Not to Drive Coalition would like you to help us recognize this year's Strive Not to Drive Award winners:
Community Engagement Award: City of Asheville
Golden Spoke Award: Blake Esselstyn
Golden Spoke Award: Tony Hauser
Lifetime Achievement Award: Claudia Nix
Leadership Award: Mike Sule
Mayor Manheimer accepted the first Strive Not to Drive Community Engagement Award for the City of Asheville. The city received this award for its continued commitment to improving bicycling infrastructure, expansion of the network of sidewalks and greenways, the improvement in the Asheville Redefines Transit system, the formation of the Multi-Modal Transportation Committee and several other actions.
The SNTD Committee also gave two Golden Spoke Awards for individuals who commute to work on a bicycle and help others learn to use a bike for everyday transportation.
2014 Golden Spoke Award Winners
Blake Esselstyn works for the City of Asheville and rides to work at City Hall everyday on his bike Frankie. The bike is heavy and sturdy; he travels twice a day to work and back home, often with his daughter in tow, to get her to school.
Tony Hauser, Altamont Engineering, received a Golden Spoke Award for his constant dedication to riding. Rain, snow or sun, you will see him suited up and pedaling his way to work every morning. He is a real advocate for alternative transportation and has worked hard in the community to promote and support alternative transportation infrastructure. He plans and organizes group rides and encourages others to join in.
The Strive Not to Drive Coalition also recognized two long time multi-modal advocates.
Claudia Nix, the owner of Liberty Bikes, was surprised on stage with a Lifetime Achievement Award. She has been leading our long ridge to Asheville becoming a great city to commute without being alone in a car.
Mike Sule of Asheville on Bikes was recognized with the 2014 Strive Not to Drive Leadership Award. His accomplishments as founder of Asheville on Bikes, leading countless group bike rides to help people become more comfortable riding in Asheville, and his previous leadership by example as a teacher at Evergreen Community Charter School have helped Asheville become a more bike, bus and pedestrian friendly city.