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Lookie here…who just became a League of American Bicyclists Instructor.

Our own Catherine Girves took the time and made the commitment to become and League Cycling Instructor.  Having  just completed a three-day training seminar in Princeton, New Jersey, she has Catherinebecome Columbus’s Newest LCI.  She is pictured here with others who took the seminar.

The League writes: “League Cycling Instructors (LCIs) are certified by the League of American Bicyclists to teach the Smart Cycling classes…Their goal is to help people feel more secure about getting on a bike, to create a mindset that bikes are treated as a vehicle, and to ensure that people on bikes know how to ride safely and legally.”  This is onecongrats instructor who will remain active within the cycling community. Congratulations to Catherine on this latest accomplishment.

Year of Yay! Super Heroes: A Big Bucket O’ Fabulous

SH1Aliceanne Inskeep, with assistance from Jeff Gove, put together a fabulous adventure for the November, 2014, chapter of Year of Yay!  Their inventive take on a super heroes theme landed us in some interesting and unusual locations.  They are pictured here after having successfully consulted with Zeus, the Greek god of the sky.  They were able to negotiate some superb, fall weather. After learning about what’s new and happening at Yay Bikes! from our executive director, Catherine Girves, and briefs about safety and the route, we began our journey out of Whole Foods towards our first destination. Continue reading

October 2014 Year of Yay! Spooooookay!

Could we have asked for finer weather?  No!  The spirits were with us the entire day, they escorted us, and we YOY Whole Foodsappreciated them guiding us through what might have been a truly frightening experience.  Cherie Antonia, our ride leader, took us out of YOY2the Whole Foods parking lot a little after 10 am on this spirited, beautiful, fall morning.  With a mild nip in the air,   we meandered through Upper Arlington, Grandview and Marble Cliff.  We picked up the lower Scioto Greenway adjacent to Riverside Dr and crossed the bridge over the River into the community of Valley View. We headed southeast towards our first possessed destination, Camp Chase Cemetery.  Camp Chase was a military staging and training camp established in Columbus, Ohio in May 1861 after the start of the American Civil War. It also included a section for use as a prison camp for confederate soldiers during the American Civil War. Continue reading

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:

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Columbus Alive finds the Joy of Yay Bikes!

“Deciding to become a bike commuter was a no-brainer for Yay Bikes! progca-u-qandaram director Meredith Joy. The decision to help others become bike commuters as well, was all heart. Joy and her cohorts at Yay Bikes! are dedicated to encouraging commuter cycling through a people-centric approach. Through hands-on riding groups like How We Roll, to large-scale inclusive bike tours, like the seventh annual Bike The C-Bus event on Aug. 30, Joy and Co. are working to make the transition from vehicle to bike a smooth ride for everybody.  Read what Meredith has to say here.

Photo by Meghan Ralston

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.
Specs

  • 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