Yay Bikes! sent out a survey to our members earlier this year and one of the questions was "What 3 words would you use to describe the Yay Bikes! brand?" Here's a word cloud of how people answered:
Fall weather makes me want to ride my bike or go to a festival. If you feel the same way, then don't choose one or the other, choose both!
The 2012 Riverfront Arts Festival is calling on 120 artist to set up their wares along Genoa Park (the riverside park behind COSI) between September 28 - September 30. On Saturday, September 29, Yay Bikes! is heading a bike ride starting at 9:00 AM at Washington Boulevard and West Broad Street. The ride will span 15 miles around the city and is free to Yay Bikes! members and is $5 for non-members. Join us and you'll see a part of the city that you probably have never seen before.
After the ride, check out the Arts Festival which is opens at 12:00 PM and you'll be able to see WaterFire later that night. Hope to see you there!
The When: Saturday September 29, 9:00 AM
The Where: Washington Boulevard and West Broad Street near the 2012 Riverfront Arts Festival
The What: A ride of the city before the festival
The RSVP: Facebook
Hey everyone! It's time for another Year of Yay! ride and this time we're proud to present an awesome ride involving downtown area libraries. Join us on Saturday September 22 at 9:30 AM at the open shelter in Goodale Park. The ride will be in the 18 mile range but the pace will be leisurely.
The ride is free (!) to Yay Bikes! members and only $5 for non members. Did I mention snacks and lunch are involved? Membership is only $25, join now!
Oh, one more thing. There are Columbus Metropolitan Library branches seemingly everywhere in Franklin County. Did you know that all 21 branches have homework centers? Did you know that there is a Ready for Kindergarten program to help children and parents prepare for school? Did you know that there are Job Help Centers in all 21 branches? And if that doesn't strike your fancy, there are tons of events for you to look at. It's time to check out the library again!
The When: Saturday September 22 at 9:30 AM
The Where: Goodale Park at the open shelter
The What: A ride of Columbus Metropolitan Libraries
The RSVP: Facebook
Another year means another Bike the C-Bus! This 25 mile ride tours various nuggets of goodness called Columbus and is set to return on Saturday September 1, 2012, at 7:00 AM. The tour is only $25 and if you order your ticket before August 25, 2012, a t-shirt is included along with food and drink at designated rest stops.
Find all about Bike the C-bus at:
How We Roll Program Update
Our How We Roll campaign, which was featured in the League of American Bicyclists’ Bicycle Friendly America Guide 2012 (pdf) and received the WTS Columbus Chapter’s Innovative Transportation Solutions Award, increased the cycling confidence of 215 OSU students last fall. Given the success of How We Roll at OSU, we are expanding the program in lots of exciting ways. Read more below !
All the details you could ever want about the 2011 OSU pilot — no really, all the details — are available in this final report (pdf). Curl up by the pool with a refreshing glass of sun tea and enjoy!
Returning to OSU
We’re returning for Round 2 of the campaign at OSU this fall! This year we hope to double the number of students who take the tour by working with RAs and other student leaders to create special tours for their groups. If you’re a member of the OSU community, contact Nathan to schedule a tour for your group of 6–12!
Expanding to the University of Akron
ODOT has officially funded the replication of How We Roll at the University of Akron! This is the first of what we hope will be many additional sites for How We Roll throughout Ohio. UofA will spend the next two years establishing the organization infrastructure for bicycle mode shift and safety initiatives, then launch HWR officially for fall semester 2013. Yay Bikes! will be hired as the consultant to help implement the campaign.
Taking on new forms
The great thing about educational bicycle tours is that you can do them in all sorts of contexts for all sorts of people! We’ve conducted and supported rides for the University District Freedom School’s teen scholars, for WTS Central Ohio and for the AIA Columbus/Center for Architecture and Design’s design:ROLLS tour. Contact Meredith to have Yay Bikes! lead or support your specialty bicycle tour!
We are currently seeking the support of businesses in the Campus, Short North and Downtown areas for OSU tours this fall. By providing free samples and other discounts to our cyclists, sponsors get OSU students delivered directly to their door and receive:
—2–3 minutes per tour to speak to participants about your business
—The opportunity to include promotional material within participants’ swag bags
—Featured spots on our tour map, website and final campaign report
—At least 2 social media mentions during the semester
We are excited about this Year of Yay! ride, folks. On August 18, we're partnering with Local Matters to take you on a ride to various urban gardens. Best of all, we're offering 3 different ride lengths so you can choose a ride length that works for you.
1. The Watermelon - Moderate/Hard, Distance 18 miles, leaves Goodale Park at 9:00 AM
2. The Eggplant - Easy, Distance 9 miles, leaves Goodale Park at 9:00 AM
3. The Cherry Tomato – Very Easy, Distance 3.5 miles, leave Goodale Park at 9:45 AM
All of the rides will end at Godman Guild garden where riders will be able to pre-purchase tickets for a picnic. The picnic will cost $25 but if you're a Yay Bikes! member, the picnic will only be $15.
The picnic will include:
- Assorted Burritos provided by Chipotle
- Summer Salad
- Tasting of Gazpacho (our "Stone Soup")
- Jeni's Ice Cream
- Snowville Chocolate Milk
As usual, the ride is free for Yay Bikes! members and $5 for non-members. Remember, a membership is only $25! We are requesting that everyone who rides in the event register for which ride they want at the following website:
This upcoming Saturday, July 21, we are promoting a ride to the Columbus Crew game against D.C. United. Unlike most of our rides, this is an unorganized ride. If you're uncomfortable riding solo, try calling out on the Facebook event page to see if you can caravan with others: Ride to Columbus Crew.
Additionally, there are tickets available for $20 if you use the code "yaybikesrules" at the HSH/Ruby Tuesday's website. The tickets are for the Nordecke part of the stadium which everyone should experience once. The tickets can be picked up from Ruby Tuesday (at 1978 Summit Street) between 4:30 - 6:30 PM on the day of the game or at Will Call at the stadium.
The where: Columbus Crew Stadium (Ruby Tuesday for ticket pickup for pre-orders)
The when: The game starts at 7:30 PM on July 21 but if you pre-order tickets through HSH/Ruby Tuesday's, you must pickup tickets between 4:30-6:30 PM. There will also be tail gating starting at 5:00 PM.
The parking situation: We're trying to scrounge up some parking accommodations. Check out here or Facebook for updates.
The RSVP: Facebook Ride to Columbus Crew
Join us for a bicycle tour of Clintonville to sample food trucks. The ride will start from Goodale Park in the open air shelter inside the park. A $10 donation will get you a Yelp goodie bag and a Yay Bikes! pint glass donated by Hal & Al's. Riders can pickup their bag at our last stop, Brothers Drake Meadery.
We will hold a raffle for TWO passes to a Columbus Food Adventures tour (TBA) at Brother's Drake once all the riders return.
Sponsored By: Food Fort/ECDI, Yelp, Hal&Al's, Brothers Drake Meadery, Columbus Food Adventures.
Big thanks to Food Fort for organizing the trucks.
El Manantial Latino
Pitabilities at Brothers Drake
On Sunday July 1 the fun continues. If a rider brings their Yay Bikes! pint glass to the Monthly Food Truck and Cart event at Hal & Al's there will be special drink discounts (TBA). A percentage of the food sales from the SUNDAY Food Truck and Cart Rally will go to Yay Bikes! as well.
The where: Goodale Park open air shelter
The when: June 30 at 11:o0AM.
The RSVP: Please RSVP at our Facebook Event Yelp on Two Wheels: A Food Truck Bike Rally
The 2012 Stonewall Columbus Pride Festival is happening this weekend on June 15 and June 16 (Friday and Saturday). Yay Bikes! will be in the Pride Parade and we want you to get out there to support Pride and biking.
The parade steps-off from High Street and Broad Street at 12:00 PM on Saturday June 16. Please arrive at High and Broad at 11:30 AM. The line-up will queue towards the west on Broad Street. We will have "Bike Curious" shirts available for $5.
For those that prefer the when, where, how, who, and sometimes why:
The what: 2012 Stonewall Columbus Pride Parade
The where: High Street and Broad Street
The when: June 16 at 11:30AM.
The dress attire: We will have red "Bike Curious" shirts available for $5. Otherwise, wear red.
The bike situation: Bring a bike although you may decide to walk next to it because parades are slow.
The RSVP: Please RSVP at our Facebook Event We Ride with PRIDE
I have been naive about the proposal to privatize parking at OSU. Until today I was thinking, "OK, well that probably sucks for all sorts of reasons, but at least it will raise parking rates and that could make people less inclined to drive to campus." Indeed, parking fees under the plan would be raised at least 7.5% each year for the next 10 years—which is good for people like me who would prefer that the cost of driving is high enough to discourage it. But then I talked to an OSU employee who told me a choice tidbit from the contract currently being developed. And yes, it is worse than you possibly could have imagined for efforts to promote active transportation on campus.