People for Bikes‘ article “BOSTON, COLUMBUS, DETROIT, INDY, MINNEAPOLIS, HOUSTON, DENVER & SEATTLE ALL UNVEIL PROTECTED LANES”
“…Columbus, Ohio said Feb. 2 that a 1.4-mile bidirectional protected lane on Summit near the Ohio State University is “just the beginning” of plans for biking improvements, thanks to advocacy group Yay Bikes and a receptive city staff…” See what they had to say here.
With generous funding from the Coca Cola Foundation through the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s Ohio regional office, this spring we’re partnering with Imagine Schools Great Western Academy to deliver our third round of our Earn a Bike programming to 20 youth. During the program, kids will participate in 8 hours of mechanical education and 8 hours of safe cycling education, plus complete a bicycle-related community service project. If they complete the program, they’ll take home a new bike, plus a helmet, lock and other accessories.
Final report from 2014:
Yay Bikes! and Franklinton Cycle Works partnered with Gladden Community House on the city’s West Side to offer their youth a 2-week Earn a Bike program. During the program’s first week, participants learned basic bicycle mechanics and maintenance over 8 hours at Franklinton Cycle Works; in the second week they rode for 8 hours with Yay Bikes! to learn trail and road safety. On the final day of the program they shared what they’d learned with their peers by staffing a bike rodeo at Avondale Middle School. Ten children aged 8–14 began the program and 9 (3 girls and 6 boys) completed it to earn their bicycles and accessories. Continue reading →
Our ambitious goal is to achieve 1,000 members this year (up from 662 as of today, Feb 4). Why? Because we know that the number of members in a bicycle advocacy organization correlates to improved advocacy outcomes. High membership rates increase an organization’s political clout and create a reliable funding source with which we can hire staff, expand programming and more.
We all know people who should be Yay Bikes! members—They’re cyclists! They want our streets to be safer! They love us! But maybe they’re not yet. Maybe because we haven’t asked. Yay Bikes! is now making it easier — and fun! — to ask.
At our new Member Champion nights, you and a bunch of your Yay Bikes! buddies will get scripts, emotional support and FOOD to help you invite friends into the organization. Our next Member Champion Night will be Wednesday, February 25, 5–8pm at the Yay Bikes! office (within Summit on 16th UMC at 82 E 16th Ave, Columbus 43201). Join us!
The Ohio American Academy of Pediatrics Foundation’s annual Bicycle Helmet Safety Awareness Week, offered in partnership with the Ohio Department of Transportation, is on the calendar for May 2–10, 2015. More information about how to participate, educational materials and theapplication for free youth helmets to giveaway,are now available.
The educators, health professionals, community activists and others statewide who receive free helmets will travel to Columbus in April to pick them up. At that time, for the first time in the campaign’s history, training provided by yours truly will help them address the most critical points of bicycle safety for young riders. The lessons they learn that day are expected to reduce youth bike injuries throughout Ohio! We thank the Ohio AAP Foundation and ODOT for prioritizing a rigorous educational experience for these practitioners.
heard a mouthful of Yay Bikes! at their January meeting. Ken Cohen, founding board member and active volunteer, presented what improves the welfare of cyclists and motorists alike. Our four programs were shared with an audience of about 25 participants. The presentation went into overtime as members asked questions and shared opinions about communities going through mode share.
10:00 a.m. on a chilly Saturday morning, 54 eager riders were called to attention to hear Rahel Babb talk about the morning’s tour, highlighting the craft locations we would be experiencing. Executive director, Catherine Girves (in her new, cycling-specific jacket) updated the crowd on the latest Yay Bikes! news. Shortly after 10, we were enroute to the Ohio Craft Museum. Meandering through central Upper Arlington towards Grandview, we arrived at our destination. There was ample parking, and as always several cyclists remained near our steads to assure they were there when we returned from this stop. The museum was filled with affordable goodies at a perfect time for last minute Christmas acquisitions. It wasn’t long before riders were stashing their booty. Riders without carrying capacity were invited to stow their purchases with those who rode with bags and panniers for th duration of the tour. The morning’s chill was going to be stayed by a promising warming up at Luck Bros coffee. Steaming specialty coffees and hot cocoa for all. It’s amazing how pleasurable enjoying such water solubles can be in company of cycling friends. Onward through the neighborhoods of lower Grandview Heights, through Harrison West, around the circles adjacent to Battelle, and past the OSU Campus area to our friends at Wild Goose Creative where another group of local craft people were showing/selling their wares via their Crafts Gone Wild Craft Fair. Parking our bikes on the roof of the building was a uniquely elevating experience.
Our final stop was back at Whole Foods. We cruised across High Street through the Buckeye Village family housing neighborhood, past the Jesse Owens Memorial stadium, Bill Davis stadium, and both sections of Chadwick Arboretum. Whole Foods had invited riders to leave coats and hats in the main café, grab a cup of hot cocoa and get a personally escorted store tour (free samples galore). We were shown a number of hand-crafted items available at the store, including locally made soap, baskets, cheese, bakery items, and sausage.
A large numbers of riders stayed on for food, drink and camaraderie. We talked of our ride, our plans and the enjoyment cycling has brought to our lives. Another successful tour of place was offered and had by all.
“Mild weather, increased trail use and the growing popularity of several parks are credited with putting Metro Parks on track to set an attendance record this year.” Increase and attendance at the parks has risen significantly, Heritage trail saw an increase of 51%.
“Catherine Girves, executive director of the advocacy group Yay Bikes, said that as the trails are finished and become more interconnected, people will use them more for getting from place to place, not just for recreation.
“Trails are a huge step (for) transitioning from cars to bikes,” Girves said.
“She said Metro Parks did a good job plowing the trails this past winter, giving cold-weather riders a clear path.” Read the full article here.
We had another fine year in the bike corral, courtesy our army of volunteers who parked bikes in all weather at events April thru November, sharing their professionalism, bike expertise and kindness with the world. [Thank you, a million times!] Meanwhile, we’ve provided input on Mayor Coleman’s Green Memo III to make dedicated bike parking available at all City of Columbus events within the next 5 years. And we’ve been scheming to provide fun upgrades to the Pedal Instead user experience in 2015. How do you improve upon free Chipotle burritos, you ask? Well for starters, you make Pedal Instead a mobile community bike info hub, duh! So please consider an end-of-year gift to help Yay Bikes! expand our impact through Pedal Instead and other programming next year.