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!
We are so excited to announce our first major donor, Aliceanne Inskeep. Aliceanne has
volunteered and ridden with us for several years and understands the value of supporting bicycle advocacy in Columbus. She has committed $5000to Yay Bikes! over 5 years and we cannot thank her enough for the support. #letsride
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.
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.
Some 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.
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
Yay Bikes! Board Member, Rob Hendricks and Executive Director, Catherine Girves interviewed by NBC4 reporter, Rick Reitzel a few hours before the passage of Columbus’ Safe Streets Ordinance.
City Council Will Vote On A 3-Foot Rule For Passing Cyclists
2014 Yay Bikes! pledges a la Community Shares
The numbers are in! From our many generous supporters, Yay Bikes! received $3,420 in pledges through the workplace giving campaigns organized by Community Shares of Mid Ohio. Big ups and endless gratitude to all who gave this year!
About Community Shares of Mid Ohio
Community Shares of Mid Ohio is a coalition of locally based, non-profit organizations collaboratively participating in workplace giving campaigns. Since 1993, Community Shares has grown to more than 60 member charities that use funds from these campaigns to address wide-ranging community issues by providing long-term solutions geared toward prevention, fairness, and equality. Community Share’s workplace giving campaigns facilitate convenient giving through automatic payroll deductions. Donors can specify Yay Bikes! as the recipient of their annual donation or contribute to a general fund that gets split among all the participating organizations.
Does your employer offer Community Shares of Mid Ohio as an option for employee giving? Check the list of participating workplaces and, if yours is not included, contact us to get connected.
Community Shares also now offers Give Cards as a unique gift idea for special occasions! Give Cards allow you to designate a dollar amount for your recipient to then give to the member charity of their choice. Cards are available in any denomination and can be emailed or printed. You can also give directly to Yay Bikes! using this link.
Check out yesterday’s article in The Columbus Dispatch talking about the Safe Streets Ordinance.
Ordinance would enhance safety
The Fourth Annual Winter Bike Show at the Knowlton School of Architecture is quite a happening scheduled to happen February 27, 2014.
The Winter Bike Show is the showcase event for Bike OSU, a student-run bicycle organization dedicated to creating a safe and fun cycling community for the university.
Started in the Fall of 2007 by Meredith Joy, Bike OSU, formally The Commuter Cyclists of The Ohio State University, was formed to represent student cyclists and be a voice to the university, to be a resource to OSU cyclists, and to be a community for cyclists. Read what CU author Anne Evans has to say about it here.