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
Another year means another Bike the C-Bus! This 25 mile ride tours various nuggets of goodness called Columbus and is set to return on Saturday September 1, 2012, at 7:00 AM. The tour is only $25 and if you order your ticket before August 25, 2012, a t-shirt is included along with food and drink at designated rest stops.
Find all about Bike the C-bus at:
We are excited about this Year of Yay! ride, folks. On August 18, we’re partnering with Local Matters to take you on a ride to various urban gardens. Best of all, we’re offering 3 different ride lengths so you can choose a ride length that works for you.
1. The Watermelon – Moderate/Hard, Distance 18 miles, leaves Goodale Park at 9:00 AM
2. The Eggplant – Easy, Distance 9 miles, leaves Goodale Park at 9:00 AM
3. The Cherry Tomato – Very Easy, Distance 3.5 miles, leave Goodale Park at 9:45 AM
All of the rides will end at Godman Guild garden where riders will be able to pre-purchase tickets for a picnic. The picnic will cost $25 but if you’re a Yay Bikes! member, the picnic will only be $15.
The picnic will include:
- Assorted Burritos provided by Chipotle
- Summer Salad
- Tasting of Gazpacho (our “Stone Soup”)
- Jeni’s Ice Cream
- Snowville Chocolate Milk
As usual, the ride is free for Yay Bikes! members and $5 for non-members. Remember, a membership is only $25! We are requesting that everyone who rides in the event register for which ride they want at the following website:
This upcoming Saturday, July 21, we are promoting a ride to the Columbus Crew game against D.C. United. Unlike most of our rides, this is an unorganized ride. If you’re uncomfortable riding solo, try calling out on the Facebook event page to see if you can caravan with others: Ride to Columbus Crew.
Additionally, there are tickets available for $20 if you use the code “yaybikesrules” at the HSH/Ruby Tuesday’s website. The tickets are for the Nordecke part of the stadium which everyone should experience once. The tickets can be picked up from Ruby Tuesday (at 1978 Summit Street) between 4:30 – 6:30 PM on the day of the game or at Will Call at the stadium.
The where: Columbus Crew Stadium (Ruby Tuesday for ticket pickup for pre-orders)
The when: The game starts at 7:30 PM on July 21 but if you pre-order tickets through HSH/Ruby Tuesday’s, you must pickup tickets between 4:30-6:30 PM. There will also be tail gating starting at 5:00 PM.
The parking situation: We’re trying to scrounge up some parking accommodations. Check out here or Facebook for updates.
The RSVP: Facebook Ride to Columbus Crew
Join us for a bicycle tour of Clintonville to sample food trucks. The ride will start from Goodale Park in the open air shelter inside the park. A $10 donation will get you a Yelp goodie bag and a Yay Bikes! pint glass donated by Hal & Al’s. Riders can pickup their bag at our last stop, Brothers Drake Meadery.
We will hold a raffle for TWO passes to a Columbus Food Adventures tour (TBA) at Brother’s Drake once all the riders return.
Sponsored By: Food Fort/ECDI, Yelp, Hal&Al’s, Brothers Drake Meadery, Columbus Food Adventures.
Big thanks to Food Fort for organizing the trucks.
El Manantial Latino
Pitabilities at Brothers Drake
On Sunday July 1 the fun continues. If a rider brings their Yay Bikes! pint glass to the Monthly Food Truck and Cart event at Hal & Al’s there will be special drink discounts (TBA). A percentage of the food sales from the SUNDAY Food Truck and Cart Rally will go to Yay Bikes! as well.
The where: Goodale Park open air shelter
The when: June 30 at 11:o0AM.
The RSVP: Please RSVP at our Facebook Event Yelp on Two Wheels: A Food Truck Bike Rally
Do you organize a ride or a bicycle related event? We want to partner with YOU to promote 200 Days of Cycling in Columbus for the Bicentenial on the Yay Bikes! calendar! Submit your event to Andrew at email@example.com and we will post it to the calendar tagged Bicycle Culture and help promote it. In turn, we would love for you to promote 200 Days of Cycling by tweeting with #200daysofcycling whenever you promote rides!
Many conversations in the world of cycling are, frankly, just about played out: “We need bike lanes!” vs “Bike lanes are for pussies!” … “Cyclists never follow the rules!” vs “Yeah, but motorists are trying to kill us!” … “Bike sharing is a UN conspiracy!” vs “Um, no, we’re really just riding bikes here!” … “Spandex is a the fabric of my dreams!” vs “Spandex makes my butt look big!” And so on. It can get pretty boring, arguing the same damn thing all the time to the same people. Let alone trying to lecture people about why biking is great for you: “Saves money!” … “Improves health!” … “Great for the environment!” These entrenched conversations make it far too easy for people who don’t care about bicycling to tune it out altogether. Something must be done to interrupt the scripts and get at this topic from new angles; it’s time for new, surprising conversations about bicycling and the role of transportation in our everyday lives.