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