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Monday, August 5, 2013

2nd Annual Local Foods Week Garden Ride is Saturday | Event @localmatters @yaybikes

Remember! You MUST register before August 7, 2013 to get your ticket for $25. After August 7 the ticket price rises to $30. 

REGISTER AT: http://2013gardenride.eventbrite.com/ 

Tour some of Columbus' most exciting urban growing operations with YayBikes! Choose from one of three exciting tours with a route for every level of experience: the "Watermelon" route (under 20 miles), the Eggplant route (under 10 miles), and the Cherry Tomato route (under 5 miles). Site visits will include a variety of growing operations in Columbus working to increase the availability of fresh, organic produce, including several Local Matters' Growing Matters gardens!

Snacks on the route will be provided by Whole Foods Market.

All tours start at The Aetna Community Garden and will conclude at the Near East Side Cooperative Market’s production garden for a delicious vegan lunch from Willowbeez Soulveg.

Three routes are available for this ride.
1. The Watermelon – Moderate/Hard, Distance under 25 miles: A longer twenty-three mile route that is more for the bicyclist who wants to see and hear about urban gardens but wants to do a longer ride. The Watermelon is the longest and the fastest-paced tour with an average speed of fifteen miles pre hour. It is the most technical and challenging of the three routes and it requires you to be comfortable riding on streets that are bit busy. Who should take a bite out of the Watermelon? A person who already does extensive aerobic training or who already is good at riding 20+ miles and who wants to be safely led to not only see great urban gardens but to have an adventure by experiencing Columbus from the wonderfully different perspective of a bicycle. If you want to enjoy a bit of Watermelon on a nice August day, be prepared to ride! This route is 60 percent about the bicycle and 40 percent about local urban garden food production. Start time is 9:00 AM sharp. Let’s Ride!

2. The Eggplant – Easy, Distance under 10 miles: The Eggplant won’t ask much from you to be able to combine your passion for local food with an urban bicycling adventure. If your bike tires have not touched the road for a long time and or you feel a bit intimidated by the Watermelon but still want to do a bicycle tour, then this leisurely and shorter eight mile ride is for you! The Eggplant will allow you to experience and enjoy some of Columbus' finest examples of urban food production from the beauty and freedom of a bicycle while staying closer to the central city core. The riding pace will be relaxed and include many stops. This route is 40 percent about the bicycle and 60 percent about local urban garden food production. Start time is 9:00 AM sharp. Let’s Ride!

3. The Cherry Tomato – Very Easy, Distance under 5 miles: This ride is just as it sounds, small and sweet. The Cherry Tomato is a wonderful and concise short two mile route. We built the Cherry Tomato to allow just about anyone to ride this Local Foods Week capstone event. Your Cherry Tomato ride joins the relaxed-paced Eggplant tour at the Thompson Recreation Center and will then share the rest of same route and gardens as the Eggplant. You’ll visit over 70% of the same gardens as the Eggplant while you experience and enjoy some of Columbus' finest examples of urban food production from the beauty and freedom of a bicycle but without the anxiety of wondering if you will be able to complete this route. This route is 30 percent about bicycling and 70 percent about local urban garden food production. The Cherry Tomato takes away all excuses for not riding. Start time is 9:45 AM. Let’s Ride!

REGISTER AT: http://2013gardenride.eventbrite.com/

This event is a fundraiser for Local Matters and Yay Bikes! Proceeds from the event will be shared between both non-profit organizations.

{ { HELMETS are *strongly* encouraged on all YB! rides. LOCKS are also useful at our stops. } }

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