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Saturday, August 1, 2009

Dawes Arboretum Ride


After two days of intense packing that resulted in our two bikes and our trailer being stuffed into two very duct-taped boxes, we made it to Port Columbus and are waiting to a flight to.....Minneapolis? Yeah, that's right. ...

the blog is here... follow their antics.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Everyone Bikes (or should) - Bike Share Program is here in Columbus is an experiment designed to help communities create bike shares through retailer and advertiser partnerships. Our retailers provide the bikes to riders via a simple transaction. Riders can take a bike, run errands, visit the various retailers throughout our neighborhood, stop and enjoy food/drink/shopping and return the bike for others to enjoy.

Super. Simple.

Our pilot here in the Short North community of Columbus, OH will evolve over time but our goal today is to prove that communities can provide a safe, cost-effective transportation alternative cooperative to communities.

Eventually, we'd like to move beyond the Short North and have communities throughout the US adopt our idea.

Want to do a bike-share in your community? Take our idea and make it yours. And keep us posted on how things work out.

the site is here... sign up to get your bike on!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Council Bill Requires Buildings to Let Bikes In - NYC

Council Bill Requires Buildings to Let Bikes In

Cubicles around the city may be getting a little rounder now that the City Council has approved a bill requiring commercial building owners and managers to provide access for bicycles.

The law passed on Wednesday with a vote of 46 to 1, with Councilman Erik Martin Dilan of Brooklyn voting no. It takes effect in 120 days and requires buildings with freight elevators to allow employees to bring their bikes upstairs. “It shall be assumed that if a freight elevator is available for carrying freight, it is available for carrying bicycles,” the law reads.

Originally introduced by Councilman David Yassky in 2004, the access law has long been a goal of the cycling community and some on the Council. Lack of parking is the most common reason cited by New Yorkers for not biking to work, surveys by the city’s Planning Department have found.

“I believe that we have to be very aggressive in promoting alternative transportation in the city,” said Mr. Yassky, a Brooklyn Democrat who is running for comptroller. “Nothing is going to take the place of the subway, but if we’re going to continue to be the world’s capital, we’ve got to give people as many travel opportunities as we can.”

The law is a leap forward for advocates of cycling. In the past, riders have largely negotiated access to elevators and ad hoc storage areas on a piecemeal basis. The result was that few bikes made it into the workplace.

The new law contains exceptions for buildings without freight elevators, buildings in which transporting bikes in elevators would create a safety hazard and in buildings close to adequate “covered off-street or secure indoor no-cost bicycle parking” nearby. Such parking amenities — which do not include the dozens of new covered racks built by the city this year — are not available in most places in the city.

The law does not require buildings to add bike storage capacity. (Adding bike parking to new and renovated commercial and residential buildings of a certain size was included in zoning changes adopted by the Council in April.)

However, the law does not include any provision to encourage employers to allow bikes onto their floors, so the issue of where to put bikes in a crowded office will become a concern, and will likely need to be negotiated on an employer-by-employer basis. Any storage situation will need to comply with fire and building codes.

“It’s up to employers to make decisions about how they use their own office space, as long as they do so within the law,” said Wiley Norvell of Transportation Alternatives, an advocacy group for cyclists and pedestrians, which supported the bill. “For most workplaces, this means hanging up bikes in an out-of-the-way storage closet or on a wall. And for workplaces unwilling or unable to spare the square footage, then that’s that.”

Another concern of some bike commuters is that the freight elevators will not be made available during commuting hours. Many such elevators must be staffed, and keeping someone around to run the elevators later in the evening, may not possible in many buildings.

“It’s a start,” Mr. Yassky said. “Rarely do you solve a problem completely on the first try. I believe that my original bill, which was not limited to freight elevators, is the best policy, but the legislative process involves compromises and we had to make compromises to get it passed. But I’m very happy with the bill we’ve got now. It solves the bulk of the problems preventing people from biking to work.”

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Saturday Dawes Ride

Saturday 9:00 a.m. from Jefferson Community Park on Clark State east of Reynoldsburg New Albany Rd.

Alternate start from Pataska for those who want a shorter trip.

Lunch at Clark's dinner.

52 miles more or less plus loop in the arboretum.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Mad River Ride Report

I was invited by a friend up to the Mad River Ski area for a bicycle ride. Two rides were planned for the day, one at 10am and one at 1:30pm. We headed northwest and looped back to Mad River for the first, skirting Bellefontaine, along the way. 26.5 miles and we averaged 17mph. We ate some lunch and hung out waiting for more riders. The second ride was to the southeast and featured three covered bridges. We had around 25 people for the second ride. We rode about 25 miles and I averaged 16mph over the ride. It was a great day in the saddle, and I met a bunch of great people.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Mad River Ride Pics

Community Ties Ride - review by Brett Allen

Had an interesting adventure Saturday doing the Community Ties Ride put on by Delaware County Friends of the Trail. Got up at 5am and first thing, checked weather radar. No red blobs in rain predicted until late in the day...dispensed with my rain gear and left strap-on fenders at home. Rode up to the start point at Freeman Rd & Rt 3. But what was that big thunderhead doing coming in from the west? Shortly after 7am a heavy storm broke. I laid low for 40 minutes and started out at 8am. It was still sprinkling, the roads were wet, but no downpours for the time being. Overall an enjoyable 33 miles to the first snack stop. This ride was well supported and the route was well marked and easy to follow. Up toward the top of Alum Creek Reservoir a bunch of cars were stopped. People were checking out a bald eagle nest with chicks out on the water. The ride continued into Delaware to the Breakaway Bike Shop where there were more goodies to eat and repairs if you needed any. At this point you could turn back for the 62 miler or continue on into northwest Delaware County for the 100. I joined up with someone doing their first century and headed off for the thriving metropolis of Prospect, Ohio. There was a strong south wind, so we just sailed on up. Meanwhile, looking over our shoulders, a huge storm was forming to the south - we found out later it drenched Delaware were we had just been. In Prospect my companion took the SAG back and I joined up with four bikers who kept up a relentless pace and totally kicked my butt. Heading south we bucked 30mph+ winds. We set up 30-second rotations. We had to walk over one especially bad rail crossing. If you were a rim, this was the Grand Canyon. More wet roads and sprinkles coming into Delaware, but the big downpour had moved on by the time we got there. Back in Delaware we rested at the Breakaway. Heading out of town the road was blocked by several 8-inch fire hoses, the local Days Inn was up in flames. Made it back to the start at 3:20pm. I was wet wet most of the day. My bike was all gunked up. Looked like I had been out mountain biking. Had to hose it down. Totally exhausted and miserable. Loved every second of it!