The Ohio Departments of Transportation and Public Safety have awarded Yay Bikes! a $150,000 grantto provide a cyclist safety campaign for OSU students this fall! The campaign is designed to reduce the number of car/bike crashes on campus and within the University Area by addressing the specific behavors known to lead to crashes. It will include:
Data collection and analysis of unsafe bicycling and driving behaviors, and bike/car crashes
A research-based mass media safety campaign targeting specific behaviors
An "onslaught" of bicycling education classes, workshops, rides, volunteer experiences, etc.
Lights handouts for ill-equipped bicyclists
There are volunteer and internship opportunities associated with this project; we also request financial support to help YB! develop organizational capacity as we implement the campaign. Please contribute in any way you can! And please give BIG props to all the people at ODOT, ODPS, OSU Transportation & Parking, and MORPC who worked so hard to make this campaign possible -- there are many unsung heroes out there who care about us cyclists!
OSU INTERNSHIPS AVAILABLE
Yay Bikes! is now offering up to 5 internship positions to OSU students beginning June 14. We will hire one media intern, one data intern, and up to three outreach/PR interns to support our safety campaign this fall. These will be unpaid (sorry, guys!) internships, but they will be far richer experiences than most organizations offer. If you or someone you know might be interested, learn more by accessingFutureLink or contacting Meredith.
BIKE ED @ F-TON CYCLEWORKS
YB! is partnering with Franklinton Cycleworks to offer a series of four 1.5-hour bicycle safety and maintenance courses this summer:
Bike laws & riding tips (classroom)
Traffic skills (on-road)
Basic bicycle maintenance (workshop)
Road-side repair (workshop)
Classes are free for low-income residents of Franklinton and the Hilltop, with free safety accessories to all who complete the four classes; otherwise they are $15 per class or $40 for the series, with 25% off safety accessories. The first classes will be offered June 18 (9-10:30 a.m. classroom, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on-road) and June 25 (9-10:30 a.m. maintenance workshop, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. repair workshop). If you or someone you know are interested in these courses, contact Meredith for registration info!
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OSU CYCLIST OBSERVATIONS -- 6/2
On June 2 from 7-9 a.m. and 3-5 p.m. we'll be conducting observations of cyclists' behavior on OSU campus, which will be used to help us discern which risky behaviors to target during our safety campaign.
All volunteers will be required to attend a brief instructional session on Tuesday, May 31 at 4 p.m. or Wednesday, June 1 at 12 p.m. Please RSVP toMeredith with 1) which shifts you can volunteer for and 2) which intro session you will attend. Additional details will follow!
YB! OFFICE PAINTING DAY -- 6/4
Yay Bikes! will remain within Summit on 16th UMC, but we're relocating to a different space in the church. Join us at 10 a.m. on June 4 to clean, sand and paint primer in the new office. Pizza will be provided to all volunteers! RSVP to Meredith.
JUST ANOTHER BIKE RIDE -- 6/11
Cyclists of all abilities are encouraged to join us June 11 @ 10 a.m, Wolfe Park @ Alum Creek Trail for a 16- or 40-mile ride. Volunteers are needed to loan or captain a tandem and/or provide transportation to Wolfe Park for riders with sensory or mobility disabilities. The ride is free - just bring a lunch and cash for ice cream and pie! Contact Tricia Kovacs for more information or to volunteer.
YB! board member Tricia Kovacs helped Gahanna secure a Honorable Mention in the League of American Bicyclists' Bicycle Friendly Communities program. Tricia also submitted the application that led to Columbus' Bronze Award in 2009. We're so proud to be in her company!
MEREDITH FEATURED IN THE ALIVE
Reporter John Ross profiled our Director, Meredith Joy, in last week's Columbus Alive.
In July of 2006 a few of my friends joined me on an inaugural bike tour of West Virginia. I spent that winter planning a variety of routes through the Monongahela National Forest, and this would be our first of many weekend tours in the Mid-Atlantic Region. An early morning departure from the Pittsburgh area had us loading up the trailers high atop Spruce Knob . The starting point for this 60-mile mixed-touring loop was the Big Run/Allegheny trailhead off Route 112. Heading clockwise, we utilized forest roads, rail-trails, and paved roads. The reality of pulling our belongings behind us set in as we headed down the dusty and rolling forest road, quickly understanding why West Virginia is known as "The Mountain State." Soon we were treated to one of many mountain vistas. After rolling onto pavement (Route 28), we climbed over Allegheny Mountain and coasted into our campsite for the evening -- Island Campground , situated on the banks of the East Fork of the Greenbrier
have had some very fun excursions on rail trails , disused railways turned into pedestrian/bike paths. The trails typically go through very beautiful areas and rarely do you have to concern yourself with motorized traffic of any kind. Reader Will appears to be interested in rails as well, but he wants to ride on them - literally. Check it out - Will included the following text - A rail-bike is a bicycle that has been modified to be able to ride on the rails of a railroad. The front wheel has a device attached to it so that the bike won’t steer off the rail while an outrigger is used to support the bike using the other rail. I used conduit, cut up “razor” scooters parts, one bike fork two bits of steel and numerous nuts, bolts, washers and retaining pins. Nothing is welded. The hardest part is getting the spacing right so that friction and play are minimized. A lot of person hours certainly went in to this working model and the details are pretty amazing. [Keep re