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Thursday, May 26, 2011

YB! NEWSLETTER // JUNE 2011

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YB! SAFETY CAMPAIGN FUNDED   
The Ohio Departments of Transportation and Public Safety have awarded Yay Bikes! a $150,000 grantto provide a cyclist safety campaign for OSU students  this fall! The campaign is designed to reduce the number of car/bike crashes on campus and within the University Area by addressing the specific behavors known to lead to crashes. It will include:  
  1. Data collection and analysis of unsafe bicycling and driving behaviors, and bike/car crashes
  2. A research-based mass media safety campaign targeting specific behaviors
  3. An "onslaught" of bicycling education classes, workshops, rides, volunteer experiences, etc.
  4. Lights handouts for ill-equipped bicyclists
There are volunteer and internship opportunities associated with this project; we also request financial support to help YB! develop organizational capacity as we implement the campaign. Please contribute in any way you can! And please give BIG props to all the people at ODOT, ODPS, OSU Transportation & Parking, and MORPC who worked so hard to make this campaign possible -- there are many unsung heroes out there who care about us cyclists!

InternshipsOSU INTERNSHIPS AVAILABLE   
Yay Bikes! is now offering up to 5 internship positions to OSU students beginning June 14. We  will hire one media intern, one data intern, and up to three outreach/PR interns to support our safety campaign this fall. These will be unpaid (sorry, guys!) internships, but they will be far richer experiences than most organizations offer. If you or someone you know might be interested, learn more by accessingFutureLink or contacting Meredith

BIKE ED @ F-TON CYCLEWORKS    
YB! is partnering with Franklinton Cycleworks to offer a series of four 1.5-hour bicycle safety and maintenance courses this summer:  
  1. Bike laws & riding tips (classroom)
  2. Traffic skills (on-road)
  3. Basic bicycle maintenance (workshop) 
  4. Road-side repair (workshop)
Classes are free for low-income residents of Franklinton and the Hilltop, with free safety accessories to all who complete the four classes; otherwise they are $15 per class or $40 for the series, with 25% off safety accessories. The first classes will be offered June 18 (9-10:30 a.m. classroom, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on-road) and June 25 (9-10:30 a.m. maintenance workshop, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. repair workshop). If you or someone you know are interested in these courses, contact Meredith for registration info!

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VolunteerOSU CYCLIST OBSERVATIONS -- 6/2 
On June 2 from 7-9 a.m. and 3-5 p.m. we'll be conducting observations of cyclists' behavior on OSU campus, which will be used to help us discern which risky behaviors to target during our safety campaign.  

All volunteers will be required to attend a brief instructional session on Tuesday, May 31 at 4 p.m. or Wednesday, June 1 at 12 p.m. Please RSVP toMeredith with 1) which shifts you can volunteer for and 2) which intro session you will attend. Additional details will follow! 

YB! OFFICE PAINTING DAY -- 6/4   
Yay Bikes! will remain within Summit on 16th UMC, but we're relocating to a different space in the church. Join us at 10 a.m. on June 4 to clean, sand and paint primer in the new office. Pizza will be provided to all volunteers! RSVP to Meredith

JUST ANOTHER BIKE RIDE -- 6/11 
Cyclists of all abilities are encouraged to join us June 11 @ 10 a.m, Wolfe Park @ Alum Creek Trail for a 16- or 40-mile ride. Volunteers are needed to loan or captain a tandem and/or provide transportation to Wolfe Park for riders with sensory or mobility disabilities. The ride is free - just bring a lunch and cash for ice cream and pie! Contact Tricia Kovacs for more information or to volunteer.

This ride is being sponsored by Yay Bikes!, theAmerican Council of the Blind (Ohio) & Cycling for All.

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BIKE MONTH GRAND FINALE -- 6/8 
Soon after the last trip has been logged on May 31,our six winning Bike to Work Challenge teams will be announced (check current stats and log your tripshere!). Each of these teams will receive an original bike art poster and other goodies at our afterparty onWednesday, June 8 from 6-9p.m. at KOBO. FREE BEER & SWEETS will be available during the celebration; stay afterwards for karaoke!! This event is sponsored by Evolved Body Art  and Pattycake Bakeryand we thank them both heartily for their contribution.
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TRICIA'S BIKE FRIENDLY GAHANNA
YB! board member Tricia Kovacs helped Gahanna secure a Honorable Mention in the League of American Bicyclists' Bicycle Friendly Communities program. Tricia also submitted the application that led to Columbus' Bronze Award in 2009. We're so proud to be in her company! 

MEREDITH FEATURED IN THE ALIVE 
Reporter John Ross profiled our Director, Meredith Joy, in last week's Columbus Alive. 

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