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Saturday, August 23, 2008

What exactly was he planning to do with 2,865 bicycles?


That is just one of many questions the police and others have been puzzling over since the arrest last month of Igor Kenk, the owner of a used-bike shop here.

Mr. Kenk’s legacy now fills a former police garage with a leaky roof. Organized by brand name and mostly resting on their handlebars, wheels pointed upward, are 2,396 of the bicycles that police say Mr. Kenk either stole or arranged to have stolen.

More here...

Friday, August 22, 2008

Bike the C-Bus is tomorrow

I got to announce the ride before the Green Drinks event on Thursday night. Thanks go out to Tad at Green Drinks for the invite. Their site is www.greencbus.org

We were treated to a FREE movie, "Air: The Search for One Clean Breath," which was quite interesting.

Plus, we had several good questions from the audience.

Is there a police escort? No, the streets are open to traffic. You must wear a helmet and obey traffic laws.

Parking? Please see www.bikethecbus.com or an earlier post for parking options.

Why an urban ride? There are no other organized urban rides of this nature in Columbus. We saw a need for a tour of the city to see the changes that are occurring within our neighborhoods.

Will this be fun? Of course it will be fun. I think this was a loaded question.

We hope to see everybody out tomorrow.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Bike the C-Bus update

We got out and rode the Bike the C-Bus route to check out any potential issues. The entire ride is unofficially 30.4 miles. We did it in about 2 hours and 10 minutes. It is fun and you do get to see the city from places you normally wouldn't see from a car. I hope everybody can come out and support this ride.

If you get a chance to drive by Long and Hamilton we marked out the four color markers as a compass. I would post a pic, but that would spoil the fun.

Ray

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Bike the C-Bus Volunteer Info

We still have opportunities for volunteers at Bike the C-Bus.
Volunteer form is on www.bikethecbus.com

• Event Set-up / Break Down
• Cyclist Registration
• Vendor Registration
• Rest Stop Area
• Route Marshal
• Hospitality Tent Host / Hostess


VOLUNTEER TRAINING
6:30PM Friday, August 22 volunteer training at
771 East Long in the Hospitality Tent

August Green Drinks & Movie Premiere of Air: The Search for One Clean Breath

When: Thursday August 21, 2008 6-8:00 PM

Where: Arena Grand Theatre (map)

Who: You, Your Friends, and Special Guest Erin Miller, MORPC

Why: See "Air: The Search for One Clean Breath" before its official release....for free!
What do the roughly 6.7 billion people inhabiting our planet all have in common? The air we breathe.

This month Columbus Green Drinks will host the Ohio premiere of the film "Air: The Search for One Clean Breath." This 41-minute documentary visually portrays the biography of air from its ancient past to its threatened future. The film takes the viewer on a cinematic journey throughout history and around the globe to examine the state of air, our reliance on it, and the need for our involvement in its protection. With grant support from the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the film was produced by the Ventura County Air Pollution Control District with communications firm, Media 360.

A Special Introduction to the film will be provided by Erin Miller, Director of the Center for Energy and Environment at the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC).


This complimentary screening is brought to you by the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC), Arena Grand Theater, Recycled Paper Products, and Green Columbus. The Green Drinks crew would like to extend special thanks to Barbara Page and the Ventura County Air Pollution Control District.


Cheers!

Team Green Drinks

Green Drinks Sighting

I will be at the Green Drinks event tomorrow to promote Bike the C-Bus. I would like to thank the Green Drinks team for inviting me.

Crazy Concept Bike



More info...

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

When bicyclists break the safety chain, driver complaints mount

A.J. DeMartino admires cyclists for reducing America's dependence on foreign oil, but she wasn't too keen on the one who zoomed off the Clemente Bridge through a red light, and cut in front of her car on Fort Duquesne Boulevard a few days ago.

More...

Monday, August 18, 2008

Community Tricycle Collective

For those wanting access to a pedal-powered vehicle to move heavier bulkier items like groceries, goods, and other hefty items by means other than motor vehicles.

I have finished the community tricycle that can be arranged to be borrowed for such purposes.

Contact me to borrow the tricycle or use this facebook group to do so. You are responsible for providing a lock when using the tricycle and your own safety.

If anybody want to donate a tarp, lights, or better parts, feel free to do so.

The link...

Bike the C-Bus turn markers progress




Three colors per stencil, 30 miles of route, possibly 100+ turns. You do the math...

Here are some pics from yesterday, during the day. We also painted into the night.

Bike the C-Bus is this Saturday

Unless you are living under a bottom bracket or haven't noticed my blog for six months you probably already know I am co-chair of the Bike the C-Bus ride this Saturday.

Bike the C-Bus Bicycle Tour - August 23, 2008

The Long Street Tour's “Bike the C-Bus” is a fun way to get fit and check out a few of the neighborhoods in and around Columbus. Experience segments of the King Lincoln District, Downtown, Short North Arts District, Italian Village, University District, Harrison West, Victorian Village, Arena District, Franklinton, Brewery District and German Village.

The entire ride will cover approximately 30 miles 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 ($25) registration fee includes an official 2008 “Long Street Tour” t-shirt and wristband along with drinks and food at designated rest stops, plus a free lunch at the hospitality tent.

Our goal will be to make “Bike the C-Bus” into the region's premier cycling event celebrating design, health & fitness, and urban lifestyles. “Bike the C-Bus” is considered a ride and not a race and will offer a variety of course options to accommodate everyone from recreational riders to hard-core fitness enthusiasts.

For sponsorship or volunteer information please contact Ray George at rgeorge@bikethecbus.com
More information available at our website, www.bikethecbus.com

Ohio to Erie Trail

An off-road trail from the Ohio River to Lake Erie
The Ohio to Erie Trail spans the state of Ohio from Cincinatti to Cleveland following lands formerly owned by railroads and canals. When complete, this trail will connect four of Ohio's metropolitan cities, a dozen large towns and numerous small villages - all done on easily accessible, paved trails, that are completely separated from highways and automobiles.

Along the way, the trail passes through rural areas, farmlands, nature preserves, and regional parks giving the adventurous a hearty helping of nature's finest. At the metropolitan perimeter, meadows and woods give way to exciting urban centers, affording the traveller a contemporary taste of Ohio's culture and arts.

Bicyclists, hikers, equestrians, and other groups such as bird watchers, cross-country skiers, and nature lovers have the opportunity to explore the natural beauty of Ohio as the trail weaves its way across the state.

The site...

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Bike the C-Bus Parking

Bike the C-Bus Bicycle Tour - Saturday, August 23, 2008
8am Registration Starts
9am Start Time - Riders can leave anytime after registration

www.bikethecbus.com

Anyone arriving prior to Noon can park in Lincoln Lot (Long Street) or Diel Whittaker Lot ( Hamilton Avenue).

Cyclist park in Lincoln Theater Lot.

Volunteers& Vendors park on the McNabb Funeral Home Lot 818 East Long (corner of Garfield & Long)

Spectators can park on the street, between Monroe & Nelson Avenue , Garfield & Broad Street or the & Broad Street Church lot or any side street not on race route.

OR

Ride your bike down to East Long and save gas and the frustration of parking!