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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Bike OSU How We Roll Update

Bike OSU is cookin' this quarter, with the continued success of our How We Roll campaign and some great exposure for our cause -- vanquishing sidewalk riding around campus! We're still seeking volunteers for lights giveaways and people to ride our tours. And we've got our next meeting coming up on Nov 1. But we're also going to have some pure fun this week on a costumed Halloween ride. Come join us!

Ride on!
President, Bike OSU
P.S. -- Don't forget to check out the winter quarter internship opportunities from Yay Bikes!

Halloween Costume Fun Ride!Halloween
On Monday, Oct 31 @ 9:00pm, our Halloween Costume Fun Ride leaves from Mirror Lake. We'll be there by 7:00pm to install free lights, so come early and then join us for a casual ride of Columbus' spooky spots! Bring your wacky, your kooky, your wild...oh yeah, it's gonna be a good one...

Volunteer for bike lights giveawayslights
bike lights
Light sets worth $35 are FREE for students!

This quarter, Bike OSU is giving students free bicycle lights that meet State of Ohio legal standards. All students who take our bicycle tour will receive a set, if they need it. And at various times during the quarter we'll be installing them on-site for students who show up with a bicycle. The lights giveaways now scheduled are:

Thursday, Oct 27, 4:30-6:30pm
Bicycle tours leave from this location at 5:30 & 7:00pm.

Monday, Oct 31, 7:00-9:00pm
Our Halloween Ride leaves from this location at 9:00pm.
Bicycle tours leave from the Union at 2:00 & 5:30pm.

Volunteers are needed to install bicycle lights at these times and others during the quarter. Contact Denis if you can help!

Bike OSU President Denis de Verteuil
discussing How We Roll on 10TV!
Register now, explore Cbus by biketour 
hwr tour
Taylor Tower residents on their How We Roll tour!
FREE How We Roll bike tours leave daily from the Ohio Union's West Plaza during fall quarter, or your group of 7+ can request a special tour. Each 3-hour, 12ish mile ride leads a group of 6 through campus to several local businesses and other destinations in the Short North and Downtown for fun & freebies. Between stops, the guides will cover proper bike fit, group riding skills, basic maintenance, maneuverability and road riding strategies.

**If you can ride a bicycle, you can take this tour! You don't need to own a bicycle or a helmet -- we can provide them for you. You don't need riding expertise -- we will teach what you need to know.**

All tour participants will receive the following FREE:
  • A drawstring bag!
  • A t-shirt!
  • Stickers & pins!
  • Food samples!
  • Coupons for local businesses!
  • 50% off a Bern helmet!
  • 30% off at Paradise Garage (except bicycles)!
  • The chance to win a free bicycle!

And if you've already taken a tour, be sure to post pics & recommendations on our Facebook page!

Our nonprofit partner, Yay Bikes!, has at least two internship opportunities for winter quarter: 

Internship Project #1Research campus-based bicycle co-ops throughout the country. One of Bike OSU's foremost goals is to have a bicycle co-op on campus. To make the case for devoting valuable university space to this project, an intern is needed to collect research about how other campuses make it work and write a report of the findings.

Internship Project #2: Help create a 6-week study guide on the faith-based approach to transportation. Yay Bikes! is working with Summit United Methodist Church to develop a faith-based study of transportation issues, for use by people of all faiths. An intern is need to help plan, write and pilot this guide within a small discussion group.

Contact Meredith if you'd like to work these positions, or if you have other ideas for useful bicycle-related projects! Yay Bikes! will also be at the OSU Nonprofit Opportunities Fair on Feb 7. 
sidewalk riding
Cyclists on a sidewalk are not within motorists' line of sight!

Why does Bike OSU keep harping on sidewalk riding?! Well, in addition to being illegal within Columbus city limits, riding on the sidewalk is extremely dangerous for cyclists. We are more likely to get hit by cars while riding the sidewalk than riding the road. Here's why:
  • Motorists are looking for pedestrians in the crosswalk and don't expect cyclists to be in their path, particularly those riding against traffic. They cannot see or react in time to fast-moving cyclists who appear suddenly in crosswalks.
  • Cyclists on sidewalks often don't realize that driveways are also intersections from which cars can suddenly emerge. 
  • Buildings can obscure intersections and make it impossible for cyclists to see cars approaching.
Riding in the correct place on the road forces motorists to wait their turn or pass at a safe distance. Cyclists should always ride on the road, 3-4' from the curb, and take the full lane as necessary to ensure our safety. If you don't feel comfortable doing this, please take our tour to gain confidence riding on the roads! 
Join us on the main steps of Knowlton Hall for our regular monthly meeting! Topics will include a How We Roll update, with a description of campaign volunteer opportunities and a chance to sign up for them. We'll also discuss our 2nd Annual Winter Bicycle Show.

[How We Roll]


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