Charlotte Area Bicycle Alliance (CABA) is a non-profit cycling advocacy group that we have featured on Detailed Culture before. A recent post on their website declares the “dawn of a new day” which details the changes recently made over the past few months and changes they hope to see in the future. Some differences include three changes in board members ( board president, executive director, and secretary) and a new position called Director of Development. The new position is held by Arleigh Jenkins, the southeast representative for bicycle parts supplier Quality Bicycle Products, whose job will be to help market CABA in the Charlotte community. This is a huge benefit for CABA and Charlotte cycling because she is also well-known in the Charlotte cycling community for her website, Bike Shop Girl, where she writes about cycling for women, the cycling industry, and being involved in the local cycling culture. Some may describe CABA as not having an identified voice which Jenkins will definitely help create for the organization.
The immediate changes you will see on CABA’s website are more sources of information for Charlotte cyclists. These changes are particularly important for new cyclists who may feel unsafe, lost, or alone when first venturing out ride in Charlotte. Now listed are Charlotte area bike shops, events such as weekly rides, and links for cycling laws and local cycling organizations. These changes are meeting the needs of safety, education, and community that are a benefit to all area cyclists.