Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Haywood Advocacy Group Holds Second Meeting

The newly forming Bicycle Advisory Committee for Haywood County, NC held its second formative meeting today at the Gateway Club in Waynesville, NC. The luncheon continued last month’s efforts at bringing together interested cyclists, who want to make a difference in how their local community responds to the needs of the cycling community. A total of 14 individuals met at the noon hour to bring focus to the direction the group will take.

After introductions were made, the group reviewed a number of pamphlets and other literature from other areas where cycling infrastructure is somewhat more advanced. Member Cecil “Zeke” Yount proposed an agenda that included the following:

  • Selection of a group name keeping in mind the proposed nature of the group and enhanced placement on search engines for website and internet activities. The name BicycleHaywoodNC was selected. Yount later purchased the proper domain names to go with the group’s new name.
  • Consider pieces of legislation currently in the N.C. Legislature and provide feedback to N.C. Bicycling Committee representative Claudia Nix. Most of the feedback related to one specific legislation in which any cycling accident involving death, personal injury, or property damage in excess of $500.00 would be mandated to be reported. The language does not indicate what form the report should take and to whom the report should be made. Members pointed out that in a recent motorist/cyclist incident, no citation was given to the motorist even though clear evidence showed him in the wrong and despite his having a remarkably bad driving history.
  • Suggestion of an evening event in downtown Waynesville or other location in the county was discussed as a way to encourage greater participation in cycling by the local population. Tate recommended tying the event to the “Million Bikes Day” that is coming up. Yount reported to the group that he discussed with the head of the Downtown Waynesville Association steps to be taken to have an event on Main St.
  • Time did not allow for discussion of a proposed bike route through Waynesville.
  • The group agreed to keep the monhtly meetings at the noon hour and on Tuesdays. Yount and Leatherwood will work out reservations with the Gateway Club.

New Rides Released!

(Please note these rides are primarily in Buncombe and Madison Counties.)

Weekly Rides and More! June 10-17
For additional upcoming rides, including  non-club major local events,
visit the website calendar:
(Be sure to click on an activity on the calendar
for the details, which will appear inside a popup)
Thur: Cloudy, afternoon showers and scattered T-storms, 60%.
     Lo: 65
     Hi: 83
Fri: Partly cloudy with afternoon scattered T-storms, 50%.
     Lo: 63
     Hi: 81
Sat: Partly cloudy.
     Lo: 64
     Hi: 81
Sun: Mostly cloudy.
     Lo: 63
     Hi: 81
Wednesday June 10

BRBC Officer Meeting
Meet 6:00pm at Jason's house; Refreshments provided by Jason.
This meeting of the current officers to discuss upcoming advocacy
programs that the club plans to support, as well as additional
projects and miscellaneous items.
Contact Jason for directions: 674-6342 or
Thursday June 11

Departs sharply at 7:00am from the Ingles on Merrimon Ave in North Asheville.
We’ll  drive/carpool to the Burnsville start, which will be near the courthouse
on town square.
Begin the ride at 8:00am from Burnsville town square. The route will be
Mike Ward's modified reverse Roan Moan route. This is a beautiful ride
with lots of climbing!!
Wes Garbee 274-5315 or
These rides leave by 8:00am and we try to be back by 6:00pm. These are not races;
these are all day leisure rides to shake off the winter doldrums. All rides are about
100 miles and have 7-8,000 feet of climb.
Saturday June 13

WOW: Terry's Gap & Little River
Weekend On Wheels
Begins 9:00am at Fletcher Community Park, located on Howard Gap Road in Fletcher.
A moderate ride (REI 76) of 51.5 miles, total 2486' climbing. We usually make a
stop at the Wrinkled Egg in Flat Rock and enjoy some snacks out on their back
deck/patio, which is nestled under the trees and very cool/shaded.
Cue sheets:
John Loia at 696-0877 or
Tuesday June 16

Departs sharply at 7:00am from the large parking lot in front of Office Depot,
located at Innsbruck Mall on Tunnel Road (behind Burger King).
We’ll carpool/drive to my friend Harold Phillips' home in Petersburg for the
8:00am start of this ride. This is his route:
Wes Garbee 274-5315 or
These rides leave by 8:00am and we try to be back by 6:00pm. These are not races;
these are all day leisure rides to shake off the winter doldrums. All rides are
about 100 miles and have 7-8,000 feet of climb.

Thursday June 18: ABRC-Biowheels Time Trial Series
Asheville Bicycle Racing Club and Biowheels present their Time Trial Series
on Riverside Drive (Hwy-251). Additional Date: August 27.
All races begin at 6:00pm on Riverside Drive (Hwy-251).
COURSE DESCRIPTION: A flat, scenic 20K out and back on Riverside
Drive along the French Broad River.
DIRECTIONS TO THE START: From Asheville, take US 19/23 North (or I-26 West).
Take the Marshall Exit onto U.S. 25/70. Go 6.5 miles, then turn left onto Business 25/70
(signs to Marshall).
CONTACT: Brian Schultz at
THURSDAY MORNINGS: Fletcher Blue Sky Road Bike Ride

Meet Thursday mornings and depart promptly at 10:30am
for this road ride. Route and meeting place will vary each
week, so either contact John or watch the listserv for this
week's meeting location and route.
Ride distances vary from 20 to 35 miles, and the ride pace
will average 12-15 mph.
No one will be left behind.
John Loia 696-0877 or
THURSDAY AFTERNOONS: Sunset Mountain Road Bike Ride
This is a show-n-go ride, meaning it may not have a regular attending
ride leader. Meet 5:00pm in the parking lot behind Asheville Brewing
and Pizza, located on Merrimon Avenue. Ride up Sunset Mountain using
low trafficked streets to Town Mountain Road, then up the Parkway to
the first tunnel. Return using the same route.
Contact Rick Hester at 776-4071 or
SATURDAY MORNINGS: Gary Arthur Ledges Park Road Ride (33-35 miles)
Departs at 9:00am from Ledges Park, located on Riverside Drive
6.5 miles off of the UNCA Exit on I-26 (Hwy-19/23).
Ride north beside the French Broad River to Marshall, where
we'll stop for coffee and to regroup. The return route will
include Ivy Hill and subsequent roads.
Jones P. Byrd at
SUNDAY AFTERNOONS: Folk Art Center Road Ride
Departs sharply at 1:30pm from the Folk Art Center on the
Blue Ridge Pkwy. This is a Show-n-Go ride which means there may not
be a regularly attending leader. Call or email Bill beforehand to check.
The route this year will vary each week, distance will range between
25-35 miles. Pace will be about 12 mph. Some of the routes suggested
are the Town Mountain Sunset route, various routes to Black Mountain,
and the Parkway to Elk Mountain or Ox Creek Road, just to name a few.
Bill Crownover 713-8504 or
Liberty Bicycles is a BRBC Business Member:
Begins promptly at 10:30am at Liberty Bicycles.
For folks who want to enjoy the company of others.
Ride about 2 hours, 16-25 miles, no-one gets left behind.
No ride in inclement weather or if under 40 degrees & windy.
** EXCEPTION: On the first Tuesday of each month this ride
meets and leaves from Fletcher Park, same time.
Claudia at 274-2453

Until later,

- Zeke

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