Pedal in the new year! Whether you're a seasoned bicyclist or you've made a new year's resolution to start bicycling, be sure to protect your bicycle by keeping it maintained this winter. Not only does proper maintenance ensure a long life for your bike, it will save you time, money and headaches in the long run.

Don't lose sight of the future -- spring is right around the corner. Stay a step ahead of the game and get your bicycle inspected before logging all the extra miles in a few months' time. By keeping your bicycle maintained, you insure not only a more enjoyable ride for yourself, but a safer commute for all of Raleigh.

Congratulations to the American Diabetes Association of Eastern NC on being the first non-profit in Raleigh to receive the League of American Bicyclists' Silver level designation of Bicycle Friendly Business. The League of American Bicyclists recognizes businesses who encourage and support a bicycle-friendly workplace for employees, customers and the community with the Bicycle Friendly Business program. The ADA of Eastern NC has been an advocate for the health benefits of biking by supporting many rides in the area to encourage community biking. The ADA was honored for the designation at a special presentation Saturday, November 15 after the ADA Tour de Cure Neuse River Trail Ride. 

The City of Raleigh received a $1.1 million dollar grant from the federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement program to construct at least 27 miles of marked, on-road bicycle facilities. A proposed list of 27 bicycle projects have been selected in order of adopted bicycle plan priority and previously adopted CIP projects. The design phase is complete, and all of the final pavement marking plans are available on the city's website.


When Daylight Savings Time ends on November 2nd at 2 a.m., the clocks will fall back an hour. It may mean more sun in the mornings, but with an hour less of daylight during the evening commute, it’s important to be visible while out walking or riding your bike or even when you are catching the bus. As commuters travel during the darker evening hours, drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists alike need to stay alert and share the road.

Bike share programs are quickly spreading across the United States due to their convenient access to alternative transportation. There are currently two different systems of bike share programs: by utilizing a smart dock with a docking station to return the bike or by using smart bike technology with bikes equipped with GPS tracking. Smart docks are the most widely-used system, but there are positive and negative aspects to both systems. The City of Atlanta will soon be the first to roll out a smart biking system in the United States. With Raleigh looking to integrate a bike share program, we must ask ourselves which fits our landscape and community better.

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