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Our public input methodology & how to get involved

photoYay Bikes! members on a ride to evaluate proposed changes to 3rd and 4th Streets in downtown Columbus.

With our inaugural infrastructure input project about to be wrapped, we’re confident that this formula fits well with our culture and, more importantly, that it works.  Here’s the breakdown of how we’re going to handle each request we receive for cyclist feedback, and how you can get involved. Of course anyone may feel free to provide their own feedback directly to the city, whether in writing or at their public input meetings, but this is how Yay Bikes! will generate our official feedback on proposed infrastructure projects. Although our leadership is comprised of some damn impressive bicycle experts (ahem… if we do say so…!), we refuse to decide our advocacy positions from within a board room. We believe the process described below is a more robust and participatory process than you will find anywhere in the country, and we hope you will become a member so you can have your voice heard.

Notification of Opportunities

Yay Bikes! will announce opportunities to provide input on proposed plans on this blog, on our Facebook page and in our newsletter. Be sure you are linked to us in several ways to ensure you get the message!

Review of Proposed Plan

Yay Bikes! staff and volunteer leadership will review and discuss project design maps, drafting notes for and planning a group ride of the corridor(s).

Group Ride for Yay Bikes! Members

All Yay Bikes! members are invited to a group ride on which we evaluate the proposed bicycle accommodations. Staff will review maps with the group one hour before we ride, then catalog input from participants during the ride.

Follow-up Research

Yay Bikes! staff and volunteer leadership will conduct follow-up research based on input from the larger group, from which a written draft of feedback and recommendations for city staff will be prepared. This report will include:

  • What works well in the proposed design
  • Specific areas of concern with the proposed design
  • Potential solutions or mitigations
Engineers/City Staff Ride

Yay Bikes! staff will present the report in a short presentation to engineers and city prior to a group ride of the corridors’ proposed changes.

Final Revision & Submission

Yay Bikes! staff and volunteer leadership again revise their report based on  information from project staff and additional research, then formally submit it for consideration.

Publishing & Promoting Feedback

Yay Bikes! publishes its feedback to this blog and promotes both the process and its outcomes to various media outlets.

Participation in Public Discourse

Yay Bikes! staff and volunteer leadership participate, and organize others to participate, in the public discourse about the corridor being touched. This might include: providing testimony at public hearings, speaking to the press, writing letters to the editor, writing blog posts on the Yay Bikes! web site, posting items on Yay Bikes! social media outlets, encouraging communication from other bike friendly groups to their constituencies, attending public meetings, etc.

Rinse + Repeat

Lucky’s Market + its shoppers = “like, woah!”

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Earlier this year, Lucky’s Market in Clintonville selected us to participate in their Bag Program, whereby shoppers receive wooden dimes to allocate to a local charity for each bag they bring with them. When we received the first check for $1,348.40, we thought WOW, this is WAY more than we expected…that’s like 13,484 dimes! But of course they match the donated amount, so I guess that makes sense. When we received a second check for $1,400 — their actual match — we were all like “O…M….G….” + jaw drops. So thank you to the shoppers who chose Yay Bikes! as the beneficiary of 13,484 (!) wooden dimes. And thanks to Lucky’s Market for their outrageous support of Columbus cyclists. A big time tip o’ the helmet to you all!

Become a GOOBI on the inaugural infrastructure commentary ride with Yay Bikes!

GOOBI: one who likes to Geek Out On Bicycle Infrastructure
Yay Bikes! has been asked by the City of Columbus, Department of Public Service to provide feedback regarding bicycle infrastructure proposed for 3rd and 4th Streets in downtown Columbus. To provide Public Service Director Davies and Deputy Director Gallagher with productive input on the designs, we are launching a new infrastructure ride crit series for our fellow GOOBIes,  through which we will ride the streets, imagine how the proposed changes will affect us as cyclists and deliver our commentary on a future ride with project staff. Here’s how it will work this time around:

 

October 15, 6–7:30pm – Interested Yay Bikes! members* are welcome ride with us to evaluate the proposed design and offer their thoughts about it. Registration is limited to 20 people, so let us know by Oct 14 that you’ll be joining us!

Later in October – Yay Bikes! leadership will again ride the route, this time with project staff, including engineers, and communicate the larger groups’ feedback.

Sometime thereafter — Yay Bikes! will publish a blog post about the experience and any outcomes from it.

Your patience is appreciated as we flesh out our infrastructure advocacy methodology. We hope to have fun with it, of course, and also to involve as many people in on-bike design commentary as possible. Our board and staff aren’t the only bike experts in town, and we aren’t going to act like we are. Our job is to coordinate the community’s response to proposed infrastructure, not dictate it. Please join us!

*This opportunity is a benefit of Yay Bikes! membership, and is open exclusively to our members. Please join today to ride with us on the 15th!

Year of Yay! call for 2015 button artist and ride leaders

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Call for 2015 button artist 
It’s button designin’ time again! We are seeking an artist to design a series of 12 buttons depicting next year’s ride themes. To apply, submit one 1.25″ button design with the theme “Underground Railroad” to Meredith by Nov 15. Buttons should reflect both the theme + the bicycling, and they should include our url. The board will vote on submitted designs Nov 17, and the art must be complete by Jan 2. This is a paid gig, yep yep!

 

Call for 2015 ride leaders
Ride leaders work with staff to select a theme, coordinate 3 stops on that theme and create a route between them. If you’ve got a great ride idea, we have a few spots open for 2015! Contact Catherine with your preferred month and a proposed theme to get the ole bike rollin’.

 

Volunteer to help on rides
Year of Yay! rides are lead and heavily supported by our volunteers! Contact Rahel Babb to learn about available opportunities.

Tour the city this fall with Columbus Art Rides

ART RIDE

Join Columbus Public Health, Yay Bikes! and CoGo Bike Share for Columbus Art Rides — free, guided tours of public art and history in Columbus! The 2-hour tours are led by professional guides who share safe riding tips and highlight some of the best of Columbus’ art, architecture and history along the way. Learn more and register now for an upcoming ride:

Don’t own a bike? No problem! CoGo Bike Share is supplying bikes for all registered riders.

Community Shares of Mid Ohio sustains our work

2014 Yay Bikes! pledges a la Community Shares

The numbers are in! From our many generous supporters, Yay Bikes! received $3,420 in pledges through the workplace giving campaigns organized by Community Shares of Mid Ohio. Big ups and endless gratitude to all who gave this year!

About Community Shares of Mid Ohio

Community Shares of Mid Ohio is a coalition of locally based, non-profit organizations collaboratively participating in workplace giving campaigns. Since 1993, Community Shares has grown to more than 60 member charities that use funds from these campaigns to address wide-ranging community issues by providing long-term solutions geared toward prevention, fairness, and equality. Community Share’s workplace giving campaigns facilitate convenient giving through automatic payroll deductions. Donors can specify Yay Bikes! as the recipient of their annual donation or contribute to a general fund that gets split among all the participating organizations.

Does your employer offer Community Shares of Mid Ohio as an option for employee giving? Check the list of participating workplaces and, if yours is not included, contact us to get connected.

Give Cards

Community Shares also now offers Give Cards as a unique gift idea for special occasions! Give Cards allow you to designate a dollar amount for your recipient to then give to the member charity of their choice. Cards are available in any denomination and can be emailed or printed. You can also give directly to Yay Bikes! using this link.