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Saturday, May 2, 2009

The League of American Bicyclists Announces Spring 2009 Bicycle Friendly Communities and States

Washington, DC - April 27, 2009 – The League of American Bicyclists is proud to announce our 2009
spring Bicycle Friendly Communities and States in celebration of Bike Month 2009, starting May 1. The
League is recognizing 13 new Bicycle Friendly Communities and three BFC renewals (see list below).
Notably, five states have their first BFC designations – Cedar Falls, Iowa; Columbia, Mo.; Tulsa, Okla.;
Columbus, Ohio; and Philadelphia, Pa. Philadelphia and Columbus add to the League’s roster of
metropolitan cities east of the Mississippi River to become a BFC, proving that the nation – not just the
west coast – is growing increasingly aware of the benefits of becoming more bicycle-friendly. “It was very
encouraging to have five new states represented, some big cities east of the Mississippi, and a significant
improvement in responses to enforcement and planning questions,” said League President Andy Clarke.
The cities that received BFC designations have made great strides in the past few years. Philadelphia
and Columbus are both bronze BFCs and at critical points of the process to become great cities for
cyclists. Philadelphia is back on track after doing a lot in the late 1990s with its on-street network. They
have hired a bike coordinator, Bike Philly is growing apace, there are unique urban mountain biking
opportunities and industry and advocates are working effectively with Philadelphia to move things
forward. Columbus has an exciting new Bicycle Master Plan; and if fully implemented, it will build one of
the better urban trail systems in the country. Both of these communities benefit from new mayors who are
committed to improving the quality of life in communities through bicycling. In addition to these, Tulsa and
Irvine, Calif. both have bike sharing programs. Clarke noted the impressive advances of the BFC
applicants and stated, “This round of applications had more communities with newer and stronger bike
plans than all previous reviews.”
Additionally, the League is announcing its inaugural round of Bicycle Friendly States. Four states have
been awarded the coveted designation and two states received an honorable mention – Washington
(Silver), Wisconsin (Silver), Arizona (Bronze), Minnesota (Bronze), Delaware (Honorable Mention) and
Maryland (Honorable Mention). “This year we are recognizing several states for their impressive initiatives
to improve conditions for bicyclists, and the timing could not be better for doing that: to lessen energy
consumption and improve the environment, health benefits and traffic,” stated Clarke.
The BFC and BFS programs are revolutionizing the way states and communities evaluate their quality of
life, sustainability and transportation networks, while allowing them to benchmark their progress and work
toward improving their bicycle-friendliness. The application process to become a BFC is rigorous;
currently only 108 of the 274 applicants have a BFC four-year designation. The renewal process and four
levels of the award – platinum, gold, silver and bronze – provide a clear incentive for communities to
continuously improve. The new and expanded BFC program began at the League in 1995, and in the
past 14 years it has evolved into the tool it is today – evaluating, recognizing and improving cities, states
and businesses. The League judges all BFC applications on our fundamental Five Es – Engineering,
Education, Encouragement, Enforcement and Evaluation.
The BFS program links the League’s work with federal level and community advocacy throughout the
nation and recognizes states that actively support bicycling. Scoring is based on a 75-item questionnaire
evaluating a states’ commitment to bicycling and covers six key areas: legislation, policies and programs,
infrastructure, education and encouragement, evaluation and planning, and enforcement.

League of American Bicyclists website

Thanks Tricia for all your hard work!

Thursday Night Ride report

Got a chance to ride with Brett. We rode down Cleveland into town. Wound through downtown to German Village. rode as many brick streets as possible : ) Rode north then west on Greenlawn.North into Franklinton. We made our way through the side streets. A couple people near Broad called us choice words because of the way we were dressed. : ( McKinley over Grandview. North through Grandview to Northwest. Northwest to Northstar and through the trail over to campus. Back up north via Indianola. 22.5 miles. Weather was beautiful. Warm and occasional light sprinkles.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Save the Date - Third Hand Bike Parts Swap - Sunday, May 24

Third Hand Bicycle Co-op
174 East Fifth Ave
Columbus, OH 43201

Sunday May 24, 2009
1pm - 5pm
Bring Your Own Blanket (BYOB)
$10 per blanket to sell bike parts - all proceeds go directly to Third Hand

more details to come...

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

B1 Birthday Sale

THE BIRTHDAY SALE IS's one week only so make sure and check it out!...And always remember that when you purchase a bicycle at B1, you get FREE TUNE-UPS for the life of that bicycle....quite a deal. Thank you for all of your support and we look forward to seeing you soon!

May means more cyclists in city - The Lantern

People who ride their bikes to work in May will not only save on car fuel and maintenance, but also on local restaurant and bike shop bills.

Columbus' second annual Bike to Work Week will kick off May 11 at South Campus Gateway, led by Mayor Michael B. Coleman and Ohio State President E. Gorden Gee.

B2WW is a program by the League of American Cyclists, in which cities throughout the country organize a week of events to encourage bicycle transportation.


Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Pan Ohio Hope Ride

The American Cancer Society’s Pan Ohio Hope Ride is a bicycling tour that enables you to take an incredible bicycle journey and to support the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodges and other vital patient services. This tour is both inspiring and life changing.

With each passing mile . . . You will discover the beauty of Ohio’s scenery, challenge yourself to pedal, talk and laugh, make new and lasting friends, hear inspiring stories of hope and courage, and help cancer patients and their families.

The Pan Ohio Hope Ride is a special fundraising event. We have numerous ways to help you raise funds by reaching out to your friends, family members, and coworkers. Whatever you can raise will help current cancer patients and fund research to help defeat cancer in the future. Challenge yourself to hit the road and make the road smoother for those battling cancer.

the website...

4/27/2009 - Ride Report

About 50 people showed at the start. We rode north up Indianola, then west over to Upper Arlington. Back toward town. We wound through over to 5th and stopped at a Kroger for a drink break. After the stop there seemed to be a mutiny and half the group bolted down 5th to the bar. We turned and headed south on Olentangy, then into Victorian Village. Down Neal into town, over to High and to High Beck. I had a quick chat with some people and headed home. I had 21 miles and averaged 15mph. For others it was 18 miles. Beautiful weather, clear in the 70's.

Monday, April 27, 2009

LA Bike Scene

L.A. Bike Scene from studiodrome on Vimeo.

Dylan, thanks for the link.

COP 28th Top of Ohio Hundred

Date: Sunday May 3, 2009
Time: 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Location: Hilliard Community Center or Milford Center For Short Loop

Notes: 28th Top of Ohio Hundred– Sunday May 3
7:30-9AM Start at Hilliard Community Center for 100, 85, 70, 45, 25-mile routes; or for TOP 60 loop, start in Milford Center (Fairbanks Elementary School), 8:00-9:00AM. The school is located at the east edge of town (Milford Center), on Middleburg-Plain City Road (Co. Rd. 57). Varied terrain. Century route and TOP 60 route are rolling to hilly, taking riders past the highest
point in OHIO; the 45 and 25-mile routes are basically flat. Budget Tour, $2 members, $4 non-members.
Steve Barbour 614-457-6656.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

36th COP Mid Ohio Century– Ride Recap

Andy and I set our for our ride with hopes of a headwind-less day. We had a slight headwind as we headed south. The wind pushed us north to the food stop. We stopped at mile 47 and had a great spaghetti dinner at a church. The people were great and the food was good. The next 21 miles were a real test. The headwind forced us to struggle to reach 10mph. 68 miles total.

Taco Truck Mini Rally Ride Report

I rode with Andy from downtown through Franklinton and ended up on Sullivant. Heading due west we ran into a fierce headwind. We got to the first stop and there were at least 40 people at the stop. The scooter group was out and several cyclists were already there. Zach joined us when we left to go to the next stop. At the third stop Meredith called saying she was pissed off at the headwind and was considering calling it quits. She was just around the corner so I coaxed her into continuing. We are some ice cream and headed north to Broad, with a tail wind, and then east to the last stop. Best food was at the 4th stop on the tour. We ate a bunch of tacos and had a Modelo to celebrate. Back to town where the group split up. I had 16 miles total.

Hungry Woolf's photos of the Taco Truck rally.

I just want to say that I had a great afternoon of food, friends and hanging out. Plus riding on the bike is a plus. We are planning a "Night of a Thousand Tacos" in the near future. Details will be forthcoming.

Her site's are
Taco Trucks in Columbus
Hungry Woolf

Another Crazy Bike Rider