Bicyclists Academy at the Tri-County Community College's Cherokee County Center of Applied Technology Campus in Marble!
We hope you will join us Monday, October 3rd from 1:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. for a Bicyclists Academy at the Tri-County Community College's Cherokee County Center of Applied Technology Campus in Marble!
You will have the opportunity to learn and provide input about opportunities and challenges for more and safer bicycling in our region! We will also discuss the needs of different bicyclists of all ages and abilities, and the best ways to design for these groups. It will be a highly interactive and engaging session.
Perfect Trail conditions
set the stage for this year's Big Ring Challenge
Mountain Bike Race
Perfect trail conditions along with great weather brought mountain biking enthusiasts from across the southeast to the Jackrabbit Trails on Saturday, September 24. This date marked the seventh annual Chin Buster 6/3 Hour Endurance Race at our local trails. Just under 300 racers participated in this endurance event in either a solo or team category.
The Southeastern Endurance Cup features 3-hour and 6-hour mountain bike races at trail venues across Georgia, Alabama and North Carolina. Participants also travel as far as from Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee to be a part of this race series. Courses are designed to accommodate a range of athletes from beginner to expert. The course layout for the Jackrabbit venue consisted of an eleven mile race lap. Racers attempt to complete as many laps in the least amount of time.
Local racer Justin Bradley topped the podium in his first mountain bike race to win first place in the Junior 1 (14 and under) age category. Nathan Lindsey fought hard for a fourth place finish.
Many participants stated they will always
attend the Jackrabbit venue, as it is one of
their favorite trail systems in this series.
Praise was also voiced in regards to the
professional and efficient manner in which race
director Eddie Freyer conducts his race series.
The Southern Appalachian Bicycling Association
prepared the course layout and assisted Chain
Buster Productions with registration, course
marshals, first aid stations and cleanup. SABA
helped build and continues to maintain the
Jackrabbit Trails. Members from the Lions Club
volunteered their time by assisting with
parking. Appreciation is also extended to the
local EMS, along with Fire and Rescue for their
assistance during the event.
For additional information, visit
Mulberry Gap Getaway
Set for November 11th & 12th
Mark your calendars for November 11th and 12th as SABA will be hosting a weekend of riding at Mulberry Gap near Ellijay, GA!!! Bring your tent or rent a cabin, but don't delay reserving your spot as they are busy this time of year.
You can make reservations by calling 706-698-2865 or visiting
mulberrygap.com. Mulberry Gap is dog friendly so load up Fido and your bike and come on!!!
Forest Service to Hold Open Houses at District Offices
Asheville, NC, September 1, 2016 - The U.S. Forest Service will hold open houses at district offices on the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests in September and October to provide the public with opportunities to talk with forest staff about local issues, district projects, and forest plan revision.
The open houses will have a flexible format allowing the public to come at any time during the specified hours and talk directly with Forest staff one-on-one. District rangers and members of the forest plan revision team will be present from 3 to 6 pm on each of the following days and locations:
- September 15, Nantahala Ranger District Office, 90 Sloan Rd, Franklin
- September 22, Cheoah Ranger District Office, 1070 Massey Branch Rd, Robbinsville
- September 27, Tusquitee Ranger District Office, 123 Woodland Dr, Murphy
- October 6, Grandfather Ranger District, 109 Lawing Dr, Nebo
- October 12, Pisgah Ranger District Office, 1600 Pisgah Hwy, Brevard
- October 13, Appalachian Ranger District Office, 632 Manor Rd, Mars Hill
The Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests have been revising their forest plan, a required document that provides a general framework to guide management of the forest. As part of the process, 24 public meetings have been held in communities throughout western North Carolina.
"A successful forest plan depends on the engagement of local residents, organizations, and local governments," explains James Melonas, Deputy Forest Supervisor for National Forests in North Carolina. "We will continue to engage the public in a transparent and thoughtful manner."
Throughout the spring and summer, the Forest Service has been releasing draft plan materials on the
National Forests in North Carolina website. Additional materials will be available this fall and posted to the Plan Revision Under Construction page as they become available.
"Like all parts of our forest plan, we are accepting public feedback on these initial building blocks and we expect to make changes before we complete the draft plan," said Michelle Aldridge, planning team lead. "Feedback will also help us shape our analysis. Specific feedback about desired changes, as well as information gaps is very useful at this stage."
By fall 2016, the public will have had an opportunity for early review and input on nearly all aspects of the developing plan, and will again have an opportunity to review the plan during the formal comment period once a complete draft plan and alternative analysis are released.
While there is no formal NEPA or legal comment period at this time, the Forest Service is accepting input on the building blocks at
NCplanrevision@fs.fed.us with the subject line "Summer building blocks" or by mail at this address: Attn: Plan Revision Team Leader; National Forests in North Carolina; 160 Zillicoa St. Suite A; Asheville, NC 28801.
ADVOCACY SUCCESS -
NEW LAW ALLOWS MOTORISTS TO CROSS SOLID
CENTER LINE TO PASS BICYCLISTS
On October 1st it will be
legal for motorists to cross the
solid center line to pass
slower-moving bicyclists. This
is a big advocacy win for BWNC
and the NC bicycling community
as we have been advocating for
this change for many years; read
the BWNC discussion
This provision is contained
as Section 5.5a of House Bill
959: DOT Proposed Legislative
Changes and reads as follows:
(e) The driver of a vehicle
shall not overtake and pass
another on any portion of the
highway which is marked by
signs, markers or markings
placed by the Department of
Transportation stating or
clearly indicating that passing
should not be attempted. The
prohibition in this section
shall not apply when the
overtaking and passing is done
in accordance with all of the
1) The slower
moving vehicle to be passed is a
bicycle or a moped.
2) The slower
moving vehicle is proceeding in
the same direction as the faster
3) The driver of
the faster moving vehicle either
(i) provides a minimum of four
feet between the faster moving
vehicle and the slower moving
vehicle or (ii) completely
enters the left lane of the
4) The operator
of the slower moving vehicle is
not (i) making a left turn or
(ii) signaling in accordance
with G.S. 20-154 that he or she
intends to make a left turn.
5) The driver of
the faster moving vehicle
complies with all other
applicable requirements set
forth in this section.
This new law is great for
motorists especially as many
pass in this manner already and
now can do so legally. As
bicyclists, we want motorists to
pass us - and of course the
motorist still needs to have
assured clear distance ahead and
only pass when safe.
The newly stipulated
four-feet distance between the
faster moving vehicle passing
the slower moving (bicycle)
vehicle in this scenario is an
improvement over the current
requirement for all vehicles to
pass with a minimum two-feet
distance clearance, which for
bicycles is unacceptably too
narrow to be safe. We believe
that these new passing
stipulations open the door to
considering changing lanes to
pass as the preferred default
passing mode on all public
roadways, including those with
Viewers can read the
Full Version of the Bill Here
BikeWalk NC is a
advocacy organization promoting
choices for residents of and
visitors to NC. Our existing and
potential support base includes
shop owners, cycling clubs,
local advocacy organizations,
elected officials, allied
non-profits, business groups,
government, environmental and
and various individual advocates
across the state interested in
Weekly Group Rides!
SABA hosts several weekly
group rides each week. The schedule is as
Road Rides 2016:
ENDED FOR 2016
SEASON - Tuesday Nights: 6:00 PM
Wednesday Nights: 6 :00 PM - Wednesday night group road ride leaves at 6:00 PM from the big rocking chair at
Owltown Market on
Hwy. 129 in Blairsville, GA. The route varies through the Trackrock Valley. Mileage approx. 12 to 25 with A & B groups.
For more info contact Blairsville Bikes & Hikes
ENDED FOR 2016
SEASON - Thursday Nights: 6:00 PM
check our Facebook page to see if there are
any unscheduled rides.
Mountain Bike Rides 2016:
Thursday Nights: 6:15 PM -
Thursday evening at Jack Rabbit Trails. Leaves the parking lot at 6:15 PM. Usually involves getting a bite to eat afterwards. Blairsville Bikes & Hikes 706 745 8141
SABA Membership Dues
You can now pay your membership dues online
at active.com for additional details view our
membership page here
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encourage you to
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