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Take the 2015 Pedal Instead survey!

Picking your brain for Pedal Instead, pretty please!
Dear Cyclist, 

This year Pedal Instead will get a major upgrade. With support anticipated from the Ohio EPA, Yay Bikes! plans to maximize Pedal Instead’s vast (vast!) capacity to educate the general public about bicycling for transportation. To help us better understand how Pedal Instead is currently utilized as a source of bicycle-related information, we have created a short survey. Regardless of how much or little you encountered Pedal Instead during 2014 (heck, regardless of whether you know what Pedal Instead even is), please take a quick minute to fill it out and forward it to the people in your local networks. Thanks a thousand times! 

Big love to 2014’s Pedal Instead volunteers!

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Bigger names = Volunteered at more events

And, for an old-skool list of names:

Deanne Krillow, Wiley Jackson, Duane McCoy, Maggie Fehling, Will Hughen, Jeff Gove, Bryan Wolfe, Meghan Wolfe, Rahel Babb, Rod Hutton, Elena Mary Costello, Nik Olah, Aimee Knight, Cory Knight, Doug Fisher, Aliceanne Innskeep, Bambo Sanusi, Jill Davis, Rob Hendricks, Gloria Hendricks, Trace Hendricks, Talon Hendricks, Ashley Riekofski, Matt Locke, Brian Meyers, Cartik Kothari, April, Andrew Hulvey, Craig Clark, David Docktor, David Curran, Katie Ervin, Shillelagh O’Knuckles, Craig Kullik, Pamela Gutter, Maria Cantelmo, Matthew Wolf, Mike Kositzke, Ken Cohen, Bharati Jayanthi, Joe George, Mary Rathke, Tim Brown, Jane Boyer,Kyle McCalla, Michel Coconis, Jeremy Collins, Gianna Collins, John McDermott, Anne Bishop, Nate Bishop, Melissa Sjostrom, Michael Coakley, Daniel Desantis, Lee Marxen, John Bannon, Letitia Cetina, William Adams, Janelle Henderson, Mark Carol, John Cresencia, Greg Fisher, Alyssa Shaw, Jillian Manning, Evalyn Cresencia, Will Smelser, Kevin Ralston, Robin Ralston, Danny Peterson, William Whitehead, Cherie Snyder, Brian Jackson, Dave Beckman, Sarah Obergefell, Bill Withers, John Obergefell, Brian Rinehart, Barb Berger, Sarah Butler, Meghan Davis, Joshua Fouasnon, Eric Rush, Sylvia Collard, Stephen Nordlund, Laurie Ashline, Julie Walcoff, Larry Stuckey, Alex Anderson, Matt Raufer, Bill Adams, Adam Porr, William Finley, Julie Mickley, Marie Jarden, Jared Finchum, Yalande Jeffries, Rachel Miller, Sarah Montague, Jodi Whytenberger, Michele Reinhart, Jenelle Henderson, Melissa Tewart-Darwin, Mark Carol, Danny Lemon, Ray George, Phillip Skotich, Phil Weckesser, Eric T, Michelle Rucker, Curt Phoel, Nancy Neimuth, Tola Sanusi, Alex Smith, Kris Anderson, Heidi Anderson, Ra’Sheeda Donaldson, Collin Allen, Kaitlyn Hill, Becky Curran, Rich Salloum, Ben Ko, Joel S, Sarah Mellino, Joe J, Keith Lugs Mayton, Jim Williams, Maya Girves, Peter W, Mairead Reddy, Ric Noland

If we haven’t said it enough, well here ya go: THANK YOU!!!

Did you Pedal Instead in 2014?

The bike corral at ComFest
When you support Yay Bikes!  >>  Pedal Instead happens!
19 events
138 volunteers
4,520 gallons of fuel unused

 7,698 bicycles parked
8,412 free Chipotle burrito coupons distributed
47,513 miles biked-not-driven

We had another fine year in the bike corral, courtesy our army of volunteers who parked bikes in all weather at events April thru November, sharing their professionalism, bike expertise and kindness with the world. [Thank you, a million times!] Meanwhile, we’ve provided input on Mayor Coleman’s Green Memo III to make dedicated bike parking available at all City of Columbus events within the next 5 years. And we’ve been scheming to provide fun upgrades to the Pedal Instead user experience in 2015. How do you improve upon free Chipotle burritos, you ask? Well for starters, you make Pedal Instead a mobile community bike info hub, duh! So please consider an end-of-year gift to help Yay Bikes! expand our impact through Pedal Instead and other programming next year. 

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.   

~ From all of us at Yay Bikes! ~

Cyclist education in 2014

Teaching Gladden House youth how we roll!
When you support Yay Bikes!  >> cyclist education happens!
10 Earn a Bike youth
15 League Cycling Instructors
27 Pelotonia riders
35 Art Ride cyclists

Through some exciting new partnerships this year, Yay Bikes! taught people of all ages to safely ride city streets. We piloted a training program with Pelotonia, rode with Gladden House youth on an Earn a Bike program, supported several Columbus Public Health art rides and trained City of Columbus and State of Ohio employees to be League Cycling Instructors. Plus, Akron’s How We Roll program enrolled dozens of community members in its downtown-area rides. Please consider an end-of-year gift to help Yay Bikes! expand our impact through cyclist education and other programming next year. 

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.   

~ From all of us at Yay Bikes! ~

Bike the Cbus 2014 report

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When you support Yay Bikes!  >>  Bike the Cbus happens!

1 new beer garden
4 major sponsors
8 rest stops
21 neighborhoods
69 volunteers
86 raffle prizes (from 30 businesses)
544 riders
$1,000 for cyclist education
$1,000 for other Near East Side nonprofits

Yay Bikes! acquired Bike the Cbus from the Long Street Businessman’s Association in 2014, and we couldn’t be more excited to steward this gem of a ride. Now in its 7th year, Bike the Cbus is Columbus’ premier annual neighborhood ride and a must-have experience, dear to us for all it creates in the world: vibrancy in struggling neighborhoods… funding for cyclist safety education on the Near East side… support for small local businesses… experiences of joyfulness and adventure… and the advancement of our mission to increase trips by bike. Please consider an end-of-year gift to help Yay Bikes! expand our impact through Bike the Cbus and other programming next year. 

Online donation system by ClickandPledge 

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.   

~ From all of us at Yay Bikes! ~

So about those blank envelopes….

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Funny story.

{Time machine music}

The year is 2012. The season is winter holidays. Our anti-hero, Meredith Joy — YB’s founder and former Executive Director — is deep in the woods as the organization’s sole full-time volunteer-ish staff person. Yet she desires above all else to write an annual report for members detailing all the progress they’d made possible that year. She buys envelopes and postage and sparkly star stickers and a red holiday stamp so that it’s an experience to receive the report in the mail. An honor! She preps the envelopes with care (well actually her trusty sidekick Ken Cohen does)… but then! Our poor Meredith is stricken with the dread writer’s block and can’t finish the report in time to mail it, so she emails it instead. And the stamped, addressed envelopes languish in the office for 2 lonely years.

{Time machine music} Continue reading

A Very Merry 2014 Year of Yay!

Cyclists rock the handlebars at ReStore, a stop on July’s ride.
When you support Yay Bikes!  >>  Year of Yay! happens!
12 months, 12 rides
31 cash bombs
35 volunteers
56 stops
213 unique riders
538 total riders

Throughout 2014, Yay Bikes! continued to offer Central Ohio’s premier backstage pass with our monthly themed Year of Yay! rides. These urban adventure rides provide a low-stakes way for inexperienced cyclists to gain confidence riding city streets, and give all riders new mental maps of workable routes for their everyday trips. They also support local organizations and businesses with ‘cash bombs’ from our riders, helping create a vibrant community full of cool places to ride! And the rides, which have been created and supported by a dedicated crew of volunteers, are one of the key ways we are developing leaders within the bicycle community who manifest our core values of kindness, integrity and excellence. Please consider an end-of-year gift to help Yay Bikes! expand our impact through Year of Yay! and other programming next year. 

Online donation system by ClickandPledge

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
~ From all of us at Yay Bikes! ~

This Saturday we’ll be shopping local crafts for the holidays. 

Learn more about the ride and register now!


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Learn more about Year of Yay! rides with this video from über-intern Brian Ferenchik

Review OSU’s bicycle accommodation plan and we’ll pass along your comments

OSU’s map of proposed bicycle infrastructure

As recently reported on Columbus Underground, OSU has released a draft of its Comprehensive Transportation and Parking Plan. Yay Bikes! will be meeting with OSU planners and staff during the week of December 8 to provide input on the plan, and we are excited to pass on the genius thoughts of our community members. Continue reading

Winning at safer streets, and at life: Our 2014 Advocacy in Review

Our new street plan evaluation rides transformed the designs for 4th & 3rd/Summit.
When you support Yay Bikes!  >>>  Advocacy happens!
1 law passed
5 transportation committees served
2 street plan evaluation rides
31 local advocates engaged
29 news stories
11 speaking engagements

Yay Bikes! has a long history of bicycle advocacy, but in 2014 we upped our game by shepherding a 3′ Passing Law in the City of Columbus and partnering with the Department of Public Service to help its engineers design better bicycle infrastructure. Our new street plan evaluation rides have transformed plans for 4th and 3rd/Summit Streets and provided a solid template for similar rides going forward. This month we’ll be providing commentary regarding OSU’s bicycle accommodations plan and we’re in conversations about training engineers in other municipalities statewide. Please consider an end-of-year gift to help Yay Bikes! expand our impact through advocacy initiatives and other programming next year. 

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.   

~ From all of us at Yay Bikes! ~

Gordon Biersch rocks more than just beer

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Catherine takes to the bar to share what’s up with YB! these days

Gordon Biersch chose Yay Bikes! as the recipient of its October Tapping Party, at which we got a first taste of Master Brewer Keith Jackson’s American Style Red Ale and heard from Catherine about Yay Bikes!’ new infrastructure advocacy initiatives. 10% of bar sales that night benefitted our work. So (drumroll please…) the final tally was … $300 from Gordon Biersch and $365 from our raffle. YAY for y’alls generosity!