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Sunday, August 5, 2007

How to Not Get Hit by Cars

important lessons on Bicycle Safety

by Michael Bluejay

Critical Mass Info

Columbus, Ohio

Last Friday @ 5:30 at the Statehouse

"Ride the Darby" Ride Report

Saturday, August 4 I rode the COP organized "Ride the Darby" event. $2 members/$4 non-members. The ride started in Grove City at the Buckeye Grove Shopping Center. It was in the low 70's when we started. I rode with friends of mine on a tandem.

We rode south on Hoover, turned west for a bit before heading north along the eastern side of the Darby Watershed. We had a headwind going north and I drafted behind the tandem.

On the return trip south we stopped in West Jefferson at the McDonalds for breakfast. Of course the tailwind never materialized. We rode through the Harrisburg Homecoming Festival but did not stop. By the time we ended the ride at 12:30PM it was 91 degrees.

The 55 mile route that we rode was mostly flat and we averaged 16.3 mph. There were a few rollers and slight climbs along the route, including one past a prison.

Takes Two to Tandem Ride

ACB-Ohio Tandem Bike Rally to be held
September 16, 2007
Kokosing Gap Trail
Mount Vernon, Ohio

Times:

o For 65 mile route—8:00 a.m.
o For 30-mile route-9:00 a.m.
o For 15 or fewer miles—10:00 a.m.

Lunch—11:00—1:00 a.m. at the Shelter House at the trail head

Registration includes:

Maps, directions, in print and Braille, water, snacks, lunch, free stuff, and chances for door prizes.

One registration form per person, please.

The American Council of the Blind of Ohio, (ACB-Ohio) is hosting its first annual tandem rally-fundraiser. Visually impaired stokers and sighted captains will have three routes to choose from, 15, 30, and 60 mile-routes, each starting and ending on the beautiful Kokosing Gap Trail. Sighted tandem teams and single bikes are also welcome. The two longer routes will include the gently rolling hills and some more challenging ones through the beautiful Amish countryside, while the 15-mile route will stay on the trail, which is noted as one of the prettiest and most well maintained rails-to-trails bike paths in Ohio.

Many Ways to Participate:

1. Bring your tandem and your stoker and enjoy a beautiful ride and meet some other folks who enjoy tandem cycling.
2. Bring your tandem and meet your stoker for the day, who might be visually impaired. Many blind folks love to ride, but they need a captain and/or a bike.
3. Volunteer for transportation, registration and/or food stops.
4. Pledge on a rider or sponsor a tandem team.
5. Donate door prizes or give-aways to promote your business.

The American Council of the Blind of Ohio is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality and equality of life for persons who are blind or visually impaired. We offer information and referral for resources for equipment, talking books, training programs, emotional support, scholarships, and more.

The proceeds from this ride will help sponsor the first annual Building Blocks for a Brighter Future, a seminar for families of children who are visually impaired to be held September 15, 2007.

Sign Up Today!
Registration Donation—
$20 or more, per rider
Snacks! Lunch! Prizes! New friends! Great ride! Support a worthy cause! Free stuff!

Questions? Call Mary Hiland at 800-835-2226 or 614-221-6688.
A pre-registration packet will be sent to you.
To learn about ACB-Ohio, visit our website at