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Friday, February 15, 2008

Lucky Stride 2008 Alley Cat Ride update

MARCH 15, 2008

Another Columbus Bike Bog

Two Wheeling
A boy, his bike and their city.

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Biking the burbs in Columbus

Canal Winchester

The city has paths from Waterloo Street almost to Rt. 33 and along Dietz Drive from Washington Street to Gender Road. It features a spur along Thrush Drive north to Groveport Road. A state grant will provide for a third path from downtown along Groveport Road to Rager Road.


When Dublin began to grow, bike paths became part of good community planning strategies. The city also sets aside $150,000 per year to fill in gaps in its 88-mile bike-path system.


The city has 2 miles of paths, with plans for the Big Walnut trail from Morse Road on the north to Pizzurro Park on the south. It also plans to connect from the Big Walnut trail to those in Whitehall, Columbus, Westerville and Metro Parks.

Grove City

There are 16 miles of bike paths now, and the city is working toward 25 more. Connectors to other cities' paths are planned.


The village has an unpaved path about 1 mile long from Blacklick Park to Rager Road. There are plans to connect with Three Creeks Metro Park.


All major roads are intended to have bike paths. The intention is for all east-west and north-south thoroughfares to have some sort of connection. The plan is to link neighborhoods with schools, the library, shops and parks. Officials also want to move the Rails for Trails starting point from the Makoy Center to Old Hilliard.

New Albany

The village requires developers to construct 8-foot-wide asphalt leisure paths. Officials are working on links with Franklin County at the Rt. 62-Morse Road roundabout, and with the city of Gahanna.


The 8- or 10-foot path to be installed with the Diley Road widening will be the city's first dedicated bike path outside of a park. The goal is to link the Diley Road path to the Pickerington Park Ponds path, then to the Columbus system.


The village offers about 15 miles of paths. Officials intend to connect those paths to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Highbanks Metro Park and the main pathway along the Olentangy River.


Reynoldsburg has about 2.25 miles that connect three parks -- Kennedy and Huber parks as well as Blacklick Metro Park.

Upper Arlington

The suburb is focusing on looping its paths, so residents can travel in laps. The city has 7.5 miles of multiuse paths in five parks. It also has 4.5 miles of bike lanes along city roads and connects with Columbus' system at Lane Road.


The city boasts 23 miles of paths now with plans for more. Most are 10 feet wide. The Schrock Road path ties into Columbus.


Riders can get to all city parks on either a path or residential street, said parks Director Lynda Chambers. Its system connects with Columbus on the Olentangy River Road trail. In 2009, it plans to link Snouffer Park with Linworth Park.

Source: municipalities

Linking bicycle chains

Cities hoping to transform paths into one vast system

If you're a city official in central Ohio listening to the recreational demands of your residents, you're likely hearing this: "Where's the bike trail?"

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Crazy Helmet from Carrera

This one's for you Ben!

Article in Pez Cycling

Yellow helmet halfway down article.

Investors ink deal for VeloNews, parent company

The full story is here...

The Beer Mapping Project

If you like beer and you like maps, then you may have found the right place. is a project by someone who likes knowing exactly where he is and how far he needs to go for good beer. At this point, there is only one individual working on the code that is making the Beer Mapping Project function. But that one person is supported by many friendly craft beer lovers who offer suggestions for new maps and they help by submitting new locations, adding new reviews, uploading pictures for locations or contributing to the forums.

Use the Contact Us link if you have something to say about the Beer Mapping Project, or if you think you could help out.

Beer Mapping Project is utilizing Google’s Mapping API that is offered free for anyone who is not making a profit or charging users to use the maps that are using it. Each location is pushed through a geocoder service ( is now getting geocodes through Google’s API) in order to get the latitude and longitude for the particular location. Sometimes these geocoders do not produce results that are exact. Leading to locations that are either slightly wrong, or really wrong. Because of this chance of error, please double check with the website of the location you wish to travel to. Do not take for granted that each location is mapped perfectly.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Bamboo Bicycle for Sale

Calfee Design has been making these for several years.

Cool bike site sent over by David Jeffords

Make Magazine

2/11/2008 Ride Report

Cold: 18 - 21 degrees
Snow: 1-2 inches of snow fell.
Riders: Four - Ben, Duncan, Jeremy, me
Mileage: Four point five miles
Beer: Two pitchers
Pizza: Many slices
Ping Pong: A couple games
Pics: Sure we got em!

We rode down through campus and through the side streets through the Arena District. Along the way we rode through Goodale Park. Then down Front Street. Whoops! No traffic though.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

The Urban Planners NYC hired

Gehl Architects have developed a unique working methodology that is based on the principle that people’s priorities are the most important driver in the planning process for cities.

Creating a quality environment for people is paramount and must be considered before anything else in order to achieve a lively and sustainable public realm!

First we consider LIFE
Then we consider SPACE
Then we consider BUILDINGS

Therefore our planning and design solutions aim to enrich the lifestyle envisioned for each project.

Once the human dimension is established, we form a spatial strategy for public space. Finally we work to shape the built environment, ensuring that the relationship between people and buildings supports public life. This people oriented philosophy, focusing on design solutions that can improve quality of life, is our number one objective with any project.

New York City's plan for the future (it includes bicycling)

Number 9 on their list for transprtation initiatives
• Complete the City's 1,800-mile bike master plan
• Facilitate cycling

Saturday Ride Report (One man paceline ride)

I sent out an email late morning to see if anyone wanted to join me for a ride. I slept in until 10am and I am sure everybody had planned out their day, because I only received one response and that was a negative. Saturday was one of the nicest days to be out on the bike. It was dry, sunny, but windy. So I decided to bring out my road bike. I usually keep it locked up in the basement so that it doesn't hurt anybody. I only rode it a few hundred miles last year. It is quick and twitchy.

I rode out of Blacklick heading west to Gahanna. Havens Corner to 62 to Agler. North Cassady to Agler to Westerville Rd (sucks) to East Weber. Enough of the headwind. Now south on Indianola to Summit. East on East 2nd. Cleveland South to E Long. Now for the fun part. The inverse of a headwind? 20-30 mph tailwind. Woohoo! I hit 29 miles an hour on East Long and ran out of gears. I was just spinning crazy.

I headed northeast on North Nelson until dead end at Airport Rd. I saw a trail to the right of me as I passed under 670. I think it ended at Airport Rd near the hotels. I rode Airport until I had to turn on Cassady. There is a bikes/pedestrians prohibited sign at the entrance of the highway section that ends at the terminal.

North on Cassady and from there the reverse route back to my house. I was benefitting from the tailwind when I started to climb the little slope up Havens Corner. I normally spin about 13-15mph. I was hitting 18-20mph while climbing.

33 miles. 14.7 mph average, 47 degrees