Have you registered for Bike the Cbus 2015 yet? Our fifth & final route sponsor, Fashion Meets Music Festival, has donated a bunch of 2-day passes worth $100 each. How do you win a pair? Stop down on Friday evening from 5:30pm to 8pm to the Homeport Gallery at the Lincoln Theatre to pickup your packet, register on-site, or get your volunteer information . You will get a ticket to throw in the fishbowl and then the fun begins.
We will be giving away a pair of passes every half hour on Friday night from 6pm through 8pm. That’s FIVE chances to win 2 weekend passes. You do not need to be present to win, we will get you the passes on Saturday so that after the ride you can head to the festival to hear some great music from local and national acts ALL WEEKEND!
During the past 6 weeks we have led more than 40 transportation planning and design professionals — via the Connect Columbus project and MORPC-funded professional development rides with Columbus Public Service, MORPC and ODOT employees — on educational rides throughout the city, in groups of 1 to 5 people
You read that right. MORE THAN 40 TRANSPORTATION PROFESSIONALS.
And over and over, we’ve heard how the experience of riding with us has helped participants reconsider their approach to infrastructure design, as well as how they’ve been inspired to make these rides standard operating procedure for all transportation professionals, both locally and throughout the state. Here’s just a taste of the feedback we received:
“[My favorite part of the ride was]…being able to see the integration between the designs on paper, the cyclist themselves, and the driver interaction and how it all comes together. There are definitely eye opening things when riding out on the streets first hand and I would recommend all designers/operations people experience it to have that background knowledge.”
Wow. See THIS is how infrastructure advocacy is done, folks. One intimate ride at a time, with the teams who determine what is designed and what is funded. Getting professionals out on bikes, making connections between designs on paper and the lived experience of bicycling — well, it just makes all the difference. So this is what we do at Yay Bikes!. It’s why we’re unique.
It’s also why we ask for your support. Because teaching people well takes something more than a brochure or a video or a list of tips. It takes a thoughtful, meaningful interaction that fosters learning and growth. Which is, admittedly, quite the investment of organizational resource — but one that we can already see will prove long on returns for Ohio’s bicycling community.
On July 21, 2015, Yay Bikes! ride leaders Catherine Girves and Meredith Joy, along with trusty sweeps Steve Puhl Jr and Julie Walcoff, led a group of 8 Ohio Department of Transportation professionals on a tour of bicycle facilities on Columbus’ South and East sides. This group represented the Safety Team, aka the folks determining which safety projects — including bicycle infrastructure projects — throughout the state will receive funding. Most of them had ridden trails but not roads, and a couple hadn’t ridden a bike since childhood, so this ride proved the first urban riding experience for our group.
Split into 2 groups of 4, the cyclists rode a challenging 10-mile (or 12-mile, if they were in the accidental wrong-way group!) route beginning at the Grange Audubon Center and hitting the following streets: Front, Main, Grant, Town, Parsons, Livingston, Ohio and Champion, Oak, Washington, Gay, Broad, 3rd, Fulton, High and Whittier. Along the way, they got to experience sharrows, bike lanes to nowhere, bike lanes in door zones, unmarked narrow lanes, freeway on- and off-ramps, multi-lane one-ways and more. As well as the overwhelming heat of the day and, of course, the typical sights, smells & sounds that make bicycling so damn lovely. Everyone was heroic! Everyone was also very very hungry when we sat down to share our delicious post-ride meal at El Arepazo.
As our region continues to grow, Central Ohio must be prepared with innovative transportation solutions to address increasing infrastructure needs. The Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) is a long range planning document that brings together local governments from around Central Ohio and other local, state, and federal agencies to identify and coordinate transportation goals, policies, strategies and projects over the next two decades.
For the entire month of August, an interactive map is available for you, (yes, YOU!) to provide input. It can be accessed here and includes the MORPC transportation planning area of Delaware and Franklin counties, Bloom and Violet townships in Fairfield County, New Albany, Pataskala and Etna Township in Licking County and Jerome Township in Union County. The map provides ways for you to suggest projects by drawing on the map or sending an email, and allows you to comment and follow comments on projects already being considered. The types of projects include:
On-street bicycle facility
New or improved transit service, such as bus or rail
Other roadway projects such as roadway diet or access management
New roadway or widening of a roadway
New or modified freeway interchange
If you do not have access to the internet, visit your Neighborhood Pride Center or the reference department of your nearest library to review a printed copy of the projects or to view the projects on-line. Comments can be submitted on the interactive map, by email to email@example.com or in writing to MORPC, 111 Liberty Street, Suite 100, Columbus, Ohio 43215, Attn: Thea Walsh, by 5 p.m., Monday, August 31, 2015.
[Ed note: Special thanks to July’s ride leader and special guest blog contributor Kathleen O’Dowd!]
It can be”hot in the city”, but we knew how to keep our cool and find ways to stay cool! With around 70 cyclists in tow, we headed out from Whole Foods with confidence that relief from the heat was in sight.
Our first stop was the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center, where we learned that Ohio State is a major player in this field of research. Thanks to Geoff Dipre, PhD student at the center, who helped coordinate our tour. We learned about the ecological stories that ice cores tell, and were very tempted to sneak into the room-sized freezers to cool off! Many of us plan to make a return visit for a more extended tour of the facility, and to see the ice cores first hand. After sharing their research efforts, Geoff and a fellow climate researcher joined in the rest of the Year of Yay ride!
Welcome to the monthly feature in which we round up all our events, earned media, program delivery, meetings and speaking engagements for the month. Representation and outreach like this is what you fund with your membership dollars and major gifts, folks! Behold, July:
How We Roll Pelotonia ride with reporter Steve Wartenberg
Twenty-six people gathered to explore and learn to ride the roads of the Northland neighborhoods by bike on Friday, July 17, 2015, as part of the third Connect Columbus public input process. Some were transportation planners and engineers. Some were members of the general public. Some were experienced bicyclists learning to navigate roads they have not felt safe navigating on their own. Some were well trained Yay Bikes! leaders and sweeps, there to facilitate a moment of experiential learning. It was a blast!
We started at the Franklin County Board of Elections at 1700 Morse Road where our eight ride leaders and sweeps divided everyone into small groups. Each team of Yay Bikes! How We Roll ride leaders started by sharing rules of the road for bicyclists and teaching participants the importance of being visible and predictable when riding roads. Team leaders explained that in How We Roll rides participants travel single file in small groups riding the roads silently. Our goal is to help create an experience where small group instruction happens, and participants encounter something similar to riding roads alone.
A full week of studio sessions at the Franklin County Board of Elections building at 1700 Morse Road present another round of opportunities for you to share transportation ideas for your neighborhood and the City of Columbus! Stop in for 20 minutes or as long as you like to share your thoughts with the planning experts. Workshops include:
**Yay Bikes! has been hired to lead a guided tour of Northeast Columbus that introduces cyclists to several types of roadways and bicycle infrastructure, and prepares them to safely and confidently navigate traffic. This ride is open to the general public! It will cover:
How the roadways and their infrastructure supports and/or complicates bicycling
Bicycle traffic law
Proper lane positioning
Avoiding common crashes
Interacting peacefully with motor vehicle traffic
Q&A on any additional bicycle-related topic of interest
In addition to being a bicycle enthusiast, Thom Glick is an award-winning illustrator. For over a decade he has worked with clients from all over the world, producing illustrations for magazines and newspapers, galleries, greeting cards and apparel. In 2015, Thom completed an MFA at Columbus College of Art & Design, with a focus on visual narrative and animation. Currently, Thom lives with his partner, Zuzana, and their dog, Pilot, in the German Village area. You can follow Thom’s work online at www.thomglick.com, www.thomglick.tumblr.comand www.vimeo.com/thomglick.
This “Glick original” tee is included in every pre-August 11 Bike the Cbus registration!