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.

Bike the C-Bus Superstars 2014

In 2014, we once again leaned heavily on Bike the Cbus founder, lead organizer, and champion – Ray George. But even Ray, as incredible as he is, could not do this alone. Here is the wonderful team that made Bike the C-Bus 2014 happen:

Nik Olah, Bambo Sanusi, Mitzy Noisette, Roger Beck, Michelle Rucker, Doug Fisher, Annette McKinney, Catherine Vogel, Rahel Babb, Thomas Babb, Brian Meyers, Lawrence Leonard, Thomas Leonard, Roderick Leonard Sr., Deanne Kirillow, Tim Cristy, Brian Laliberte, Oulanje Regan, Cherie Snyder, Brian Jackson, John Bannon, Steve Puhl, Josh Gallaher, Phil Weckesser, Wiley Jackson, Cartik Saravana, Alex Smith, John Cresencia, Alex Anderson, Andrea Patton, John Wyman, Katie Parsons, Gloria Hendricks, Evy Cresencia, Talon Hendricks, Ken Cohen, Aliceane Innskeep, Becky Curran, Joe Powell, Jeff Gove, Kat O’Dowd,  Rob Hendricks, Mark Ervin, Nancy Neimuth, Trace Hendricks, Jay Cheplowitz, Mary Cheplowitz, Ben Ko, Meredith Joy, Bill Ferriot, Kai Landis, Annie Womak, and Catherine Girves

And our fabulous major sponsors:

And the fabulous bike shops who provided free repair services:

And our fabulous rest stops sponsors:

Thank you. Seriously. Thank You. This event would not be possible without the dedicated group of volunteers and sponsors who make it happen each year. We love you all!

Tour the city this fall with Columbus Art Rides


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.

Raffle Prizes for Bike the C-Bus


Every rider who rides Bike the CBus is automatically entered in to a raffle of cool prizes! Here is a list of 2014 donors and their prizes valuing over $2800:

  • Bontrager – 2 lights – $30 value
  • Cafe Brioso – 5 $20 gift certificates – $100 value
  • CoGo – annual membership – $75 value
  • Columbus Brew Adventures – 2 gift certificates – $110 value
  • Columbus Food Adventures – 2 gift certificates – $120 value
  • Cornerstone – growler, first fill up, and 2 glasses  – $30 value
  • COSI – 4 admission passes and 4 movie passes – $149.80 value
  • Crook Cycle Right – 4 gift certificate – $100 value
  • Fir Club – 3 four week on ramp courses – $525 value
  • Franklin Park Conservatory – 4 admission passes – $48 value
  • Hot Chicken Takeover – 4 dinners – $78 value
  • Jeni’s Ice Cream – 5 trio gift certificates,  bike jersey – $105 value
  • Knog – 2 lights, 2 sets of gloves, lock, patch kits – $150 value
  • Nutcase – helmet – $69 value
  • Paradise Garage – 5 $20 gift cards – $100 value
  • PedalDabs – 2 sets of pedals – $70 value
  • REI – rack trunk bag – $42.50 value
  • Schwalbe – 3 sets of tires – $180 value
  • Seagull Bags – bag – $125
  • Stem Captain – 8 stem tops, 2 light up stem caps, 3 pairs socks – $239.70 value
  • The Crest – growler, hot sauce, $25 gift certificate – $50 value
  • The Tavern – 5 $10 gift certificates – $50 value
  • Triformance – 4 $50 gift certificates – $200 value
  • Upper Cup Coffee – 2 pounds of coffee – $20 value
  • Yellow Brick – 3 $25 gift certificates – $75 value

Contact Ray to offer your goods or services as a prizes for 2015.

Successful Conversation between Motorists and Bicylcists

We had a wonderful time at the For Safety’s Sake event on July 24th! Big thanks to everyone who made it such a success. The organizers and presenters: Dana Bagwell with the Clintonville Area Commission for organizing and promoting the event, Chris George with the City of Columbus Public Service Department for explaining various bicycle facilities, Columbus Police Officers Clinger and Curmode for explaining enforcement procedures, and Yay Bikes! Executive Director Catherine Girves for sharing safe riding tips.

Special thanks to the active and vocal group of attendees who were full of great questions and comments. It turned out to be a very productive and interesting 2 hour conversation. I think we all left with new information and resources.

Thanks also to Kevin Parks with “This Week Community News” for covering the event in his article Cyclists, drivers seek truce at gathering.



Deschutes Brewery bringing Woody to Bike the C-Bus 2014

We have been working on the logistics for a beer garden at Bike the C-bus for several years. This year the stars have aligned and Deschutes Brewery from Bend, Oregon is bringing the Woody Wagon to serve beer during lunch.

IMG_0124Some stats about Woody

  • Woody’s debut was at the 2007 Fremont Oktoberfest
  • Woody has 8 taps on each side, pours 6 different Deschutes beers, and the refrigerator holds up to 8 50L kegs and 2 dedicated 110-Volt outlets needed or he has an on board generator if no power.

  • Length of Woody 25ft
  • 45ft with truck attached
  • Width of Woody…
    Wings closed 8ft
    Add 4ft per wing
  • Height 10ft
  • Weight about 5400lbs
  • Comes with a six speaker stereo system with disco ball

Check out their website here
Register for Bike the C-Bus 2014 

How We Roll in Akron Beacon Journal

Yay Bikes! on road bike safety program, How We Roll, was introduced at University of Akron last fall under the leadership of our dear friend, Andy Davis. We are delighted to work with Andy and the other wonderful folks at University of Akron to help implement this program around the state.

Bicyclist pedal through downtown Akron to see city and learn on-street pedaling – July 7, 2014 front page Akron Beacon Journal

Bicycle tour offers guided ride through Akron – July 10, 2014, Akron Leader Publications

Bicyclists, motorists in  Akron area still learning to share the road – July 14, 2014, Akron Beacon Journal