Earth Day is on it's way and that means for this month's Year of Yay! bike ride we have an obvious theme: The Environment!
Join us on April 20, 2013, at 9:00 AM at the open at Goodale Park near the playground. Rides are generally around 15 miles with 2 - 3 stops along the way. Oh, and don't forget that you will also receive a small button pin of the above picture.
The YEAR OF YAY! is a series of 12 tours on the streets of Columbus to get people out riding bikes and helping to support our community and small local businesses. You'll be amazed at what you'll discover!
HELMETS are *strongly* encouraged on all YB! rides. LOCKS are also useful at our stops. All YoY rides are FREE for Yay Bikes! members and $5 for everyone else. Membership is only $25 and helps support bicycling advocacy in Columbus. Become a YB! member at http://yaybikes.com/membership/.
The what: Year of Yay 13.4 - The Environment
The when: April 20, 2013 at 9:00 AM
Then where: Goodale open air shelter by the playground
The RSVP: Facebook
As the city once dubbed the "Indie Art Capital of the World," Columbus is a veritable cornucopia of creativity and artisanal action. For YOY 13.3, happening on March 9 at 11:00 AM, first we'll be receiving a in-depth tour of the Columbus Idea Foundry, a community 'makerspace.' (http://columbusideafoundry.com/)
Then, we will visit Artisan Dance Studio, a creative dance studio located in Clintonville, owned by a fellow cyclist! (http://www.artisandancestudio.com/)
Last stop will be North Market where we'll appease our appetites from a variety of local vendors.
Tours start at the Goodale Park open-air shelter, near the playground. HELMETS are *strongly* encouraged on all YB! rides. LOCKS are also useful at our stops. All YoY rides are FREE for Yay Bikes! members and $5 for everyone else. Membership is only $25 and helps support bicycling advocacy in Columbus. Become a YB! member at http://yaybikes.com/membership/.
Please RSVP on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/events/527700937255227/
The when: March 9, 2013 @ 11:00 AM
The where: Goodale Park open-air shelter followed by the Columbus Idea Foundry, Artisan Dance Studio, and the North Market.
The RSVP: Facebook
Tired of winter and ready to ride? What would you say to a 6 day bike tour at one of 11 locations? Yay bikes! is ecstatic to announce that VBT has generously provided a free bicycle tour good for one Yay Bikes! member.
We will be randomly choosing one lucky Yay Bikes! member over the age of 18 on February 28, 2013. The offer would be valid through December 1, 2013.
Tour departure dates run from March through November, and include unique accommodations; most meals; VBT bicycle rental, helmet or walking poles; the services of two experienced VBT trip leaders; unique cultural activities; service of a fully-equipped support van; all included sightseeing events; detail daily route directions and maps; packing and travel tips; and much more! The winner would be responsible for his/her own transportation to the starting location of the tour and all applicable taxes (for example, income taxes).
If you're not a member or if you haven't renewed, membership is only $25 - join today!
Mark your calendars everyone! On Saturday February 16 at 11:00 AM, Year of Yay 13.2 will depart from the Goodale Park open-air shelder near the playground. YoY 13.2's theme is Chinese New Year.
For those of you keeping tabs at home, 2013 is the year of the snake. People born in the year of the snake may become philosophers, theologians, politicians, or cunning financiers. The snake is the most enigmatic of the twelve zodiac animals. Such persons are elegant, and enjoy reading, listening to great music, tasting delicious food, and going to the theatre. They are fascinated with all beautiful things in life. Are you a snake?
Helmets are strongly encouraged on all YB! rides. Locks are also useful at our stops. All YoY rides are FREE for Yay Bikes! members and $5 for everyone else. Membership is only $25 and helps support bicycling advocacy in Columbus. Become a YB! member at http://yaybikes.com/membership/.
The when: Saturday February 16 at 11:00 AM
The where: Goodale Park open-air shelter near the playground.
The RSVP: Facebook
|A view of a large portion of the group.|
The route was 21 miles and we stopped at three different bakeries:
|Pointing the way to the bakery.|
Keep an eye out for the next Year of Yay ride on February 16.
[Note: All of the photographs were taken by Bill Ferriot for Yay Bikes! You can see the full set of photographs on Facebook here. Ray George also took photographs of the ride which can be seen on Flicker here. Permission is required for re-use.]
Folks, it's that time again. Year of Yay is back for 2013! Come join us Saturday January 19 at 11:00 AM at the Goodale Park open-air shelter near the playground.
Check out Facebook for more information here: http://www.facebook.com/events/451019921627026/?ref=22
|Dreary Day - Source: Weather Underground|
On December 8, 2012, Yay Bikes! set out on the last Year of Yay! ride of 2012. While we all secretly wished for a sunny day, the rain, rain did not go away. But that didn't deter the ~30 people or so from joining us!
|We meander, rain or shine!|
The first stop was unplanned but necessary. At many of the bike shelters around Columbus, there are maintenance stands with tools and a tire pump to do basic repairs on your bike.
|Overlook the pressure of your tires? No problem at the maintenance stand!|
After some quick tune-ups, we cycled up High Street and turned left on Lane Avenue to go to theTrek store. Lane Avenue is like nothing when you have a whole brigade of bikes!
|A brigade of cyclists.|
|Time to buy supplies!|
From Trek we headed for Stauf's for a coffee pick-me up and lunch. The atmosphere was great and some people warmed up with soup!
|A cluster of bikes.|
|#16! Yes, he really wanted his soup.|
With our bellies full, we traveled onward and detoured to see some of the new bicycle facilities installed on Urlin Avenue and Watermark Drive near Dublin Road. There were mixed reactions to the bicycle facilities but they did not hinder our progress.
|New bicycle facilities on Urlin Avenue.|
And as expected, Pistacia Vera was the cherry on top at the end of our ride. And no, we did not see how much we weighed after dessert.
Finally, I want to throw out some recognition to our regular riders. In addition to some Yay Bikes! board members, a big shout out goes to Roger and John for attending each 2012 Year of Yay! event. Congratulations!
Our friends at Paradise Garage are hosting a film night on Tuesday December 11 at 7:00 PM with the added bonus of food trucks! What film you ask? Reveal the Path which is described by the film's website as:
"Reveal the Path is a genre-defying adventure film that contemplates what it means to live an inspired life using the bicycle as a mechanism to explore, dream and discover."
Paradise Garage is being very generous and 100% of the proceeds are benefiting Yay Bikes! The suggested minimum donation is $5 or you can stop off at Hal & Al's and get a Yay Bikes! pint glass for $5 and the pint glass will get you into the movie event as well. We hope to you see you there!
The what: Paradise Garage hosting a Film & Food Truck night benefiting Yay Bikes!
The when: Tuesday December 11 at 7:00 PM
The where: 2000 Fairwood Ave. Columbus, OH
The extras: Bring a chair if you want to sit!
The Facebook RSVP: An Evening of Bike Adventure featuring "Reveal the Path" movie
We've had a wonderful time presenting our inaugural Year of Yay! monthly bike rides! It's somewhat bittersweet that December 8 is the last of the rides for 2012 until you realize that 2013 Year of Yay! is right around the corner!
For more information regarding the ride, check out the Facebook event page here: http://www.facebook.com/events/352010724882085/
We have another Year of Yay! ride coming up on November 17, 2012. Our theme for November is "Giving Back" and we're asking the participants to bring donations (food, coats, or toiletries) or purchase items during our visits to Whole Foods (our sponsor this month!), Big Lots, and a thrift store. We'll end the ride at a local food pantry to drop off the donated items so be sure to bring panniers/trailers/cargo bikes/whatever so it makes everyone's life easier.
In addition to giving back, the calories burned on the ride may make you feel a little less guilty about having that second slice of pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving!
The when: Saturday November 17, 2012, at 9:00 AM
The where: Goodale Park covered shelterhouse near the basketball court
The what: Giving Back bike ride!
The RSVP: Facebook