WHO WE ARE!
We are an advocacy council formed from shared dreams, goals, and concerns for our local area. BicycleHaywoodNC came together in the early summer of 2009 when a group of concerned citizens heard the call to be more actively involved in the growth of development within Haywood County and the 4 municipalities encompassed within Haywood. The goal of the council is to address town and county leaders as partners in the growth of the local area and to be sure that cycling and the needs of cyclists are at the forefront of the local planning boards. Our goal is to work as partners to ensure SAFETY, EDUCATION, COMMUNITY AWARENESS, AND LEGISLATION in cycling related matters.
We are a coalition of natives and non-natives, who share common interests in the varied aspects of cycling. Among our members are business owners, physicians, law enforcement officers, town and city planners, counselors, mothers, fathers, financial consultants, non-profit consultants, long distance cyclists, fitness cyclists, and retirees.We are members of the League of American Bicyclists.
On January 1, 2012, BicycleHaywoodNC became the first chapter of Blue Ridge Bicycle Club (BRBC). Following 6 months of evaluation of future directions to be taken by BicycleHaywoodNC, members voted unanimously to become a chapter of BRBC as that organization seeks a more regional voice in cycling matters. Becoming a chapter under the umbrella of BRBC allows both organizations to merge their voices and bring more political influence to bear on topics related to cycling. A goal of both organizations is to increase the FUN FACTOR for the members and to enhance cycling opportunities for members and non-members alike in the 5 county area now served by BRBC.
We believe the following:
- Cycling offers an important, low cost alternative form of transportation that MUST be provided for in order to break our nation's dependence on foreign oil.
- Cycling can return our citizens to improved physical and mental health and, in doing so, help reform our health care industry.
- Cycling can be a powerful economic engine to support local tourism.
- Cycling can be an outstanding recruitment tool for bringing young vibrant families to our area for careers.
WE ARE BICYCLEHAYWOODNC!