Biketoberfest 2016: We couldn’t have done it without you!

Perfect weather, hospitable neighbors, and generous sponsors willing to swing open their doors for the afternoon; put them all together, and that’s a pretty good recipe for any event. Put ‘em on bikes, and we’ve got a second successful Biketoberfest!

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Photo by Emily Eckert (click here to view the full Biketoberfest album)

And clearly, the idea of enjoying our hometown by bike is catching on! More than 400 people embraced the beautiful fall conditions and the opportunity to enjoy the community through this shared experience. Biketoberfest-ers we talked to had just as much fun playing along with the passport Q and A as they did meeting new people and finding new places to ride, play, or grab a cold drink.

2 bikers with kids in tow

Photo by Emily Eckert (click here to view the full Biketoberfet album)

“It was inclusive and diverse, and a perfect opportunity for neighbors from all over to see parts of uptown and South End by bike,” said Vanessa Gorr, Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator for the Carolina Thread Trail, who participated in Biketoberfest.

Having so many sponsors and supporters not only ups the fun factor for Biketoberfest, it also keeps down the costs for participants. Having so many sponsors willing to be a part of the event and the cause… well, clearly we’ve all got a lot in common!

woman signing paper in store

Photo by Emily Eckert (click here to view the full Biketoberfet album)

One of our goals of Biketoberfest was to create an event to highlight how fun and easy it is to travel around South End, Wesley Heights, and Charlotte’s Center City without a car. Practically everyone agreed we hit our mark. Better still, most said they plan to be back for the 2017 event! And that’s reason enough to believe events like this do more than continue the conversation about sustainable transportation; they flat out show you that it can be done.

We want to thank our sponsors for making this event possible and for showing their commitment to our community’s long-term health and vitality. We’re proud to have their support of this event and our work to increase biking as a form of transportation in our community!


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Rhino Market & Deli

Moore & Van Allen

Craft Tasting Room and Growler Shop

Blue Blaze Brewing

Queen City Bicycles

Bulldog Beer & Wine

UNCC Center City

Crown Town Compost


Discovery Place

The Village at Commonwealth

Trek Bicycle Store of Charlotte

Wooden Robot Brewery

Earthspun Brands

Inside Out Sports

Uptown Cycles

EDENS / Atherton Mill and Market

Studio Cellar

Red Clay Ciderworks

Good Bottle Co.

Novant Health



Clean Air Carolina

Okra Charlotte / Gumbo: The Store

The Charlotte Post

Giving Tree Realty

ReNu Energy Solutions

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