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Originally published: 2014-02-06 17:34:21
Last modified: 2014-02-06 17:35:06

BAC to hold annual members meeting Feb. 18

by Allison Haver

The Boone Area Cyclists annual members' meeting will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18. The meeting will take place at the Watauga Medical Center's Council Auditorium.

Individuals who wish to join the group of renew their memberships may do so online at or in person during the meeting.

According to BAC, this year's meeting will feature Lauren Blackburn, the NCDOT Bike and Pedestrian Division Director. Blackburn will discuss the newly adopted statewide bike and pedestrian plan called the Walk Bike NC and the state's new safety campaign Watch For Me NC.

"We are really excited to have Lauren Blackburn as our speaker this year, secretary for BAC Kathy Henson said, "We're thrilled to have the opportunity to communicate with DOT about these issues."

The new rules for funding bike and pedestrian projects will be explained in her presentation.

During the meeting a review of accomplishments for 2013 and initiatives for the current year will also be discussed.

"BAC is a relatively new organization, but we've accomplished a lot in the past few years and we are excited about 2014," Henson said.

Boone Area Cyclists is a bicycling club for all ages, abilities and styles of riding-commuters, mountain bikers, road cyclists, leisure riders and anyone else who just likes to ride bikes. The club's mission is to develop, coordinate and promote safe and accessible bicycling opportunities in the geographic area of Boone.

BAC sponsors a variety of events and activities to reach out to all kinds of cyclists as well as working on longer-term projects. 


BAC projects, activities and events include:

- the partnership with Watauga County to develop Rocky Knob Park, a mountain biking and hiking area in Boone. BAC volunteers have contributed thousands of hours of labor to build the trails at the park, and work continues on trail development.

- in 2013, BAC helped with the construction of a pump track where riders can work on their skills, and every year BAC helps sponsor Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day in October.

- the group signed an agreement with Kids in Parks to install interpretive signs at the pump track to help users appreciate the natural features of Rocky Knob.

- in 2013, BAC also sponsored the fourth annual Boone Cyclo.Via, an open streets festival where citizens can enjoy car-free streets for a few hours in lovely downtown Boone. The event featured a BMX show, dancing, yoga, tricycle races, bike decorating, jump roping, a kids skills area, and many examples of spontaneous fun.

- a fall social at Appalachian Mountain Brewery in Boone and the annual holiday party at Bistro Roca in Blowing Rock.

- started a racing team which is open to riders of all ages and abilities. Participants must be members in good standing, be willing to participate in five races, and agree to contribute five hours of service towards a BAC cause or event.

BAC board members also continue to sit on several town committees to advocate for cyclists of all types as well as attending conferences and meetings across the state. Members who are interested in advocacy or any of BAC's social and recreational activities will have a chance to learn more about volunteer opportunities at the meeting.

For more information about Boone Area Cyclists visit