Year of Yay! 13.8: August 17, Community Recreation Centers

Year of Yay! 13.8: August 17, Community Recreation Centers

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August’s theme is recreational centers! We’ll visit locations around Columbus and check out what they have to offer. Year Of Yay! is a series of 12 bike riding tours on the streets of Columbus. We visit interesting places and support our community and small local businesses. You’ll be amazed at what you’ll discover! Full details for the ride are on our Facebook event page at

Last month we used EventBrite to pre-register riders and it was a huge success! Sign up for the Year Of Yay! ride on Eventbrite at Bring your ticket or smartphone with your QR code so that we can continue to streamline the registration process. If you don’t pre-register, don’t worry – we’ll have two lines that morning to keep things running smoothly. The ride is $5 per person, but members ride for FREE. Not a member? Join when you sign up for the ride online or in person!


Year of Yay Ride 13.7 recap

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July’s ride was “Interesting Grocers” and it was a big hit! More than 60 riders visited three area grocers: Saraga ( ), Crestview Market, and the Clintonville Community Market ( ). You might be thinking – wait, didn’t it rain A LOT that Saturday? Yes. It rained. Hard. It was a great bonding experience. To be fair, the rain didn’t start until we were leaving our last grocer. And many riders gained more confidence riding in new and interesting weather conditions with the safety net of experienced riders who gleefully shepherded folks back to the start. Plus, we all enjoyed some great treats and tours of the Interesting Grocers. See what riders had to say on our Facebook event page Here’s a great pic of our group outside the Clintonville Community Market: Doesn’t it make you want to join us on August 17th?


Check out Event Brite for Bike the C-Bus and Year of Yay

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Have you signed up for Bike the C-Bus? If you register by August 23 you’ll get a shirt with registration. The price is only $30 but you get a $5 discount if you’re a Yay Bikes! Member.


In other news, if you have registered for Bike the C-Bus in the past, you may be familiar with Eventbrite which is relevant because we’re starting to use the service for our Year of Yay! rides. What does that mean for you? If you register via Eventbrite, the registration will be painless for the rides.


So in edition to our Facebook events, keep Eventbrite in mind. You can sign up for Year of Yay 13.7 right now here:


As always, rides are free for members and $5 for members. Remember, membership is only $25. Join now!


Why become a Yay Bikes! member?

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Yay Bikes! membership is just $25 per person, and members’ kids (under 18) are FREE. You can also choose to sustain us with a one-time gift or an automatic monthly contribution. Whatever your level of support, we thank you! Join or renew right now. A membership card will be mailed to you shortly after your contribution is received.

Why join? Here’s a quick list of some of the benefits of membership – Year of Yay Ride each month for FREE, a Bike the C-bus discount, learn about new initiatives in the city, find out about surprise discounts that pop up periodically for events, products, or services, and support bicycling education and transportation policy.


SAVE THE DATE: 2nd Annual Community Garden Bike Ride is August 10, 2013

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2nd Annual Community Garden Bike Ride to benefit Yay Bikes! and Local Matters

Take a bicycle tour of several community gardens and learn about the great things happening in urban agriculture right in our own backyards! Stay tuned to the August newsletter for more details.


Yay Bikes! We Ride with PRIDE! 2013 recap

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Yay Bikes! We Ride with PRIDE! 2013 was another huge success this year because of YOU – our members and friends! We had over 30 cyclists riding in our float and were honored with a special appearance from the Righteous Mothers Bicycle Club and their tall bikes! Check out the photos on our Facebook page!


Upcoming events

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Doo Dah Parade: July 4th, line up with us at noon

What the heck is Doo Dah? Check out full details here Come and join Yay Bikes! and the Scandinavian Club of Columbus as we shout out “Yay Vikes!!” and march along in our impressive Viking hats. It’s truly a blast!

Pedal Instead in July: Join us in parking bikes for the following events this month! Read more about each event and register to volunteer at

Mayor’s Twilight Ride: July 12

Join Mayor Michael B. Coleman, Columbus Public Health officials, and fellow cyclists for an evening ride promoting the benefits of active living. Register to ride on the Yay Bikes! team at:

Paddle and Pedal – July 13

Year of Yay!: July 20, Interesting Grocers-9 AM Goodale Park
We’ll visit grocers that many folks don’t know exist. A YEAR OF YAY! is a series of 12 tours on the streets of Columbus to get people out riding bikes and helping to support our community and small local businesses. You’ll be amazed at what you’ll discover! Full details for the ride are on our Facebook event page at

To streamline the ride registration process, we are trying something new for July. Sign up for the YoY ride on Eventbrite at Bring your ticket or smartphone with your QR code so that we can streamline the registration process.

Bike the C-bus: August 31 – Register now!!
A fun way to check out a few of the neighborhoods in and around Columbus! The entire ride will cover approximately 25-30 miles over 4 segments and will feature stops that highlight change that is occurring in our neighborhoods. Each stop will be sponsored by businesses and community groups and provide snacks, drinks and entertainment for the riders. The ride is configured to allow cyclists to complete segments if they do not feel comfortable riding the entire route.

The $30 registration fee includes an official Bike the C-Bus 2013 t-shirt (if you register by August 23) and wristband along with drinks and food at designated rest stops, plus a free lunch in the hospitality area. Online registration ends at NOON on Friday, August 30, 2013. On-site registration will increase to $35 on Friday evening and Saturday morning.

Are you a Yay Bikes! member? Yay Bikes! members get $5 off registration. Email for your discount code if you are a CURRENT Yay Bikes! member. If not, become a Yay Bikes! member today and email for your code.

Register for the ride at


Here are some great ways to volunteer with Yay Bikes!

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Pedal Instead Bike Corral
Not sure what the Bike Corral is? Think of it as “coat check for bikes.” People drop off their bicycle, we give them a claim ticket, and we keep their bike in our secure corral for the duration of their stay at an event. We collect mileage data in order to determine environmental data such as pounds of carbon saved, gallons of fuel saved, and number of calories burned. Cyclists earn a Buy One, Get One burrito coupon from our sponsor Chipotle just for parking their bike in our corral, (at all events except ComFest and OSU football games).

Volunteers working 4 hours in the bike corral earn a FREE burrito coupon from Chipotle (except at Comfest). Work up an appetite in the corral and then enjoy a hearty, free burrito!

Check out the full list of events needing volunteers at We’ll be at the Mayor’s Twilight Ride on Friday July 12th, and the Paddle and Pedal event on Saturday July 13th.  Keep checking the site regularly for new events, or send a quick email to to be added to the special Pedal Instead Volunteer email list.

Here are two ways to volunteer AND have fun doing it:

Safety or Clean Up and Recycling late night shifts (10pm and later):

  • Comfest offers an opportunity for volunteers to contribute real dollars to an organization of their choice when they work the late night Safety or Clean Up and Recycling shifts on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
  • First step – register online at and enter Yay Bikes as the “organization name.”
  • Second step – when you arrive for your shift, be sure to complete the donation sheet, writing in Yay Bikes as the organization.
  • Bonus – for your hard work, not only will you help Yay Bikes!, you’ll also get a cool Clean Up and Recycling Comfest volunteer t-shirt AND special volunteer tokens to use for food and beverage (including beer) at the festival.

Pedal Instead Bike Corral:
Last year, we parked nearly 2500 bikes in the Pedal Instead bike corral at the corner of Dennison and Buttles. We are sure to break that record this year! Get your work out in by joining us for late night bike parking shifts and/or Sunday evening bike corral breakdown. You’ll earn tokens AND get a special t-shirt! Register at

Participating in a Parade
A great way to show your support for alternative transportation in Columbus. Yay Bikes! regularly participates in the Doo Dah Parade each year. Join us on July 4th in Goodale Park at noon. For more information click here

Yay Bikes! Table at Community Events
At various events around town throughout the year, Yay Bikes! sets up a table to create interest and provide education around alternative transportation and transportation policy in Ohio. We need volunteers to staff the tables, pass out literature, and encourage people to join Yay Bikes! in our efforts to increase cycling in the Central Ohio region. Share your cycling stories!

Assisting with a Ride
The Year of Yay series of monthly rides around Columbus is a great opportunity to join a ride and encourage others to do the same. For each ride, we need volunteers to assist on the ride – someone who guides others on the ride, encourages newbies, fixes flats, and flanks the pack. We also need volunteers to help with the registration process and volunteers to greet people and keep up the conversation while we prepare to get on the road. With the rapid growth of our group (last month we had 70+ riders!), registration can take some time. Call (614) 371-8232 or e-mail  to help out on a Year of Yay ride.

Helping the Organization Run like a Well-Oiled Machine
Even though we’ve added a couple of staff members, there are tons of things that need to get done on a regular basis in order to keep Yay Bikes! running like a well-oiled machine and growing constantly. Do you have web skills? Are you social media savvy? Do you like writing about your cycling experiences? Are you especially productive with tasks like button making? Do you love snapping photos and sharing them with friends? These are all things we desperately need!! We are in urgent need of people or a person with mad web skills to update our Yay Bikes! and Pedal Instead sites so please shoot an email to if you have this special skill OR if you’d like to volunteer in any other way.


Year of Yay 13.4 – The Enviroment!

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The Environment

Earth Day is on it’s way and that means for this month’s Year of Yay! bike ride we have an obvious theme: The Environment!


Join us on April 20, 2013, at 9:00 AM at the open at Goodale Park near the playground. Rides are generally around 15 miles with 2 – 3 stops along the way. Oh, and don’t forget that you will also receive a small button pin of the above picture.


The YEAR OF YAY! is a series of 12 tours on the streets of Columbus to get people out riding bikes and helping to support our community and small local businesses. You’ll be amazed at what you’ll discover!


HELMETS are *strongly* encouraged on all YB! rides. LOCKS are also useful at our stops. All YoY rides are FREE for Yay Bikes! members and $5 for everyone else. Membership is only $25 and helps support bicycling advocacy in Columbus. Become a YB! member at


The lowdown:


The what: Year of Yay 13.4 – The Environment

The when: April 20, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Then where: Goodale open air shelter by the playground

The RSVP: Facebook

Year of Yay 13.3 – Columbus Creatives!

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As the city once dubbed the “Indie Art Capital of the World,” Columbus is a veritable cornucopia of creativity and artisanal action. For YOY 13.3, happening on March 9 at 11:00 AM, first we’ll be receiving a in-depth tour of the Columbus Idea Foundry, a community ‘makerspace.’ (


Then, we will visit Artisan Dance Studio, a creative dance studio located in Clintonville, owned by a fellow cyclist! (


Last stop will be North Market where we’ll appease our appetites from a variety of local vendors.


Tours start at the Goodale Park open-air shelter, near the playground. HELMETS are *strongly* encouraged on all YB! rides. LOCKS are also useful at our stops. All YoY rides are FREE for Yay Bikes! members and $5 for everyone else. Membership is only $25 and helps support bicycling advocacy in Columbus. Become a YB! member at


Please RSVP on Facebook:


The when: March 9, 2013 @ 11:00 AM

The where: Goodale Park open-air shelter followed by the Columbus Idea Foundry, Artisan Dance Studio, and the North Market.

The RSVP: Facebook