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Saturday, June 29, 2013

SAVE THE DATE: CoGo Bike Share soft launch is July 17 | CoGo

From Heather - 
The Mayor is having a CoGo Bike Share soft launch event on July 17th from 11:15 to 12:15. Location is being finalized soon but it will be downtown. We plan to have a station up for demonstration purposes and there will be a bike ride on the new CoGo bikes! We plan to have the system up and operational by the end of July. Please carve out some time to come and celebrate with us. More details soon!

If you're at Comfest this weekend, come visit our booth and check out the NYC CitiBike.

Take care,

Heather Bowden
General Manager CoGo Bicycle Share
Columbus, OH

ACTION ALERT: HOUSE BILL 145 | Ohio Bicycle Federation

Please contact your Representative and ask them to support HOUSE BILL 145.
Ohio House Bill 145 will help Ohio cyclists with two very simple changes in the Ohio Revised Code:
1.  The Ohio Revised Code in Section 4511.27 already requires that motorists pass bicyclists leaving a safe passing distance.  House Bill 145 sets the safe passing distance as "not less than three feet."  21 states already have the "at least three feet" passing requirement.  During the last four years, six states have adopted the 3-foot rule.   The 3-foot rule is endorsed by the American Automobile Association and the League of American Bicyclists, the largest national organizations representing these two transportation modes.  We now have over 1,400 electronic signatures of Ohio bicyclists supporting this concept.   Please go to to add your signature.
2.  The Ohio Revised Code in Section 4511.132, already lists situations in which vehicles may proceed through an intersection controlled by a non-functioning traffic signal after stopping and yielding right-of-way.  HB 145 adds another situation where "Failure of a vehicle detector to detect the vehicle" results in the light remaining red.   This is a situation commonly faced by cyclists, as the bicycle is typically not detected by metal detectors buried in pavement, and the traffic light is not "tripped."
HB 145 is now before the Ohio House Transportation, Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee.  This committee must approve HB 145 by a majority vote before it proceeds to the full House.
The Ohio House is now in recess until September.   This provides a great opportunity to visit your House member at home!    Please take advantage of this opportunity to meet with your state representative to support our House Bill 145.
Please contact your state representative to support House Bill, then let me know their response.     (Find your state representative by searching at
This is especially important for those of you who live in the districts of the members of the Transportation, Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee:
Chair:   Rep. Mark Damschroder of Fremont (Republican, District 88 - Sandusky and Seneca Counties)
Vice Chair:  Rep. Margaret Ann Ruhl (Republican, District 68 - Knox and Eastern Delaware Counties)
Ranking Minority Member:  Rep. Dale Mallory of Cincinnati (Democrat, District 32 - Hamilton County)
Rep. John Becker of the Greater Cincinnati Area (Republican, District 65 - Clermont County)
Rep. Doug Green (Republican, District 66 - Brown and Clermont Counties)
Rep. Ross McGregor of Springfield Area (Republican, District 79 - Clark County)
Rep. Anthony DeVitis (Republican, District 36 - Summit County)
Rep. Terry Johnson (Republican, District 90 -  Scioto and Adams Counties, including Portsmouth, TOSRV destination)
Rep.  Bill Patmon of Cleveland Area (Democrat, District 10 - Cuyahoga County)
Rep. Nicholas Celebrezze of Cleveland Area (Democrat, District 15 - Cuyahoga County)
Rep. Robert Hagan of Youngstown Area (Democrat, District 58 - Mahoning County)
Rep. Zack Milkovich (Democrat, District 35 - Summit County)
Rep. Rick Pernales (Republican, District 73 - Greene County)

Website of Transportation, Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee

House Transportation Committee - Contact Info:
Chair Rex Damschroder (R-Fremont) (614) 466-1374
Vice Chair Margaret Ruhl (R) (614) 466-1431
Ranking Minority Member Dale Mallory (D-Cincinnati) (614) 466-1645
Robert Hagan (D-Youngstown) (614) 466-9435
While the House members are now home, staff members are answering the above Columbus office phones during regular business hours.   They can provide numbers where the Representatives can be reached in their districts during the current summer recess.

Please contact your state representatives, and call on them personally if possible.
Please let me know if you have any questions.

Chuck Smith
Chair, Ohio Bicycle Federation
(937) 890-6689

There Is No Sale at Skratch Labs

We usually only send these emails when we’re having a sale.  We are not having a sale.  However, we are offering you a little somethin’-somethin’ for FREE and that’s way better than just a regular sale.  At least, as long as you wanted the free thing it is.   If you didn’t want it, then it’s really just an annoying marketing trick.  But how could you not want this?
Super Cool Bottles
Until midnight Sunday, July 7th, for every two pounds of drink mix ordered on our website, we’ll include one free Skratch Labs water bottle.  That means you can spend $39 on something that would normally cost $45 which is kind of the same as a 13.33% discount.  I guess we’re sort of having a sale after all. 

Order four pounds, you get two bottles.  Six pounds gets you three and, just in case you’re really thirsty, twelve hundred and nine pounds will get you six hundred and four bottles.  And a half.*   If you’re the kind of person who just orders singles, we’ll take care of you, too, with a bottle for each box of twenty you order.  The math on that one is a lot easier.

And this isn’t just any bottle, either.

It’s our newly redesigned 21oz Specialized Big Mouth Bottle (21SBMB for short).  We hope you agree that one big logo is better than four little ones.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Ride your bike to COMFEST! Park with Pedal Instead securely & for FREE #letsride

Community Festival is three days of progressive politics, arts & crafts, music, reunions with old friends and introductions to new ones, sunshine, rain, shared dreams and shared work in a shared space. ComFest is also home to Columbus' first bike corral, is it any surprise it is always our largest? Pedal Instead will be at the northwest corner of the Goodale Park again this year (Buttles and Dennison). Volunteers earn the fabulous ComFest t-shirt, food and beverage tokens, and as always all sorts of good karma. Important shifts are always set up (Thursday 4:30 pm) and break down (Sunday 8:30 pm) and evenings (Friday - Sunday). To volunteer, sign up at

[Pedal Instead]

Handlebar Buckets | Dirt Rag

By Adam Newman
Riders who do a lot of bikepacking and/or touring have been exploring lots of new ways to carry gear and while a couple of small designers and manufacturers have been going for a few years, a new bumper crop of options have been springing up like May flowers.
I learned of Handlebar Buckets during my endless wandering through and dreaming of adventures. Their creator, Barry Ward, sews them one at a time in his workshop in downtown Flagstaff, Ariz. Ward has been stitching climbing gear and bags for more than a decade and the Buckets are somewhat similar in shape to a climbing chalk bag.

The GREAT GAP Ride is August 30 to Sept. 2, 2013

An Exclusive Tour on Labor Day Weekend 2013
Join us Labor Day Weekend, August 30 to Sept. 2, 2013 for the 
"The GREAT GAP Ride".  This trip is a benefit for 
The Great Allegheny Passage and the  trail organizations
A Red Carpet Tour from Cumberland to Pittsburgh
Each of the 7 trail groups will provide in-depth views of history and 
features along the route.  Representatives will meet us along the way 
and roll out the red carpet showcasing the features that make their 
section of the trail special.
Just Ride Your Bike, We'll Do The Rest!
Guide supported by certified cycling guides.
Catered meals and dining at local restaurants.
Trip features local flair of arts, entertainment and cultural history.
Gear transport along the way.
Bike rentals available for an additional fee.
Select Group Of Participants
"The GREAT GAP Ride" will have a maximum of 22 participants to 
facilitate an exclusive experience.  Register now to reserve your spot!


You’re Going to Kill Someone | Albert McWilliams

If you keep driving like that, you’re going to kill a cyclist. When you do, it’s going to suck as much for you as it does for them. When you drive by my head at 50 mph I can’t have this conversation with you, so I’m going to do you a favor and talk you through all of your arguments as to why you’re driving wrong (you are) and then you won’t end up killing a human. So read on; you’re welcome.
 It’s not if it’s when. You are going to kill or seriously injure someone. You are. Someone’s father, brother, mother, daughter - you are going to end their life, forever, like permanently dead. You’ll be a murderer.
You can save those lives. You need to do two things:
  1. Slow down.
  2. Move over.
A few facts you might not be aware of:
  • When you pass a cyclist without crossing the yellow line you are breaking the law.
  • When you pass a cyclist while oncoming traffic is present you are breaking the law.
  • When you pass a cyclist in a no-passing zone you are breaking the law (this should be obvious yes? Because it’s called a “no passing zone.”)

Bike sharing offers big fitness benefits for small commutes | Business Day

WITH bike-sharing plans rolling on asphalt from New York City to Budapest, experts say city streets are becoming as fitness-friendly as country trails.
Even short cycling jaunts can make a difference in the health of city dwellers.
"If you were driving a car and switched to biking, that 10 minutes going and coming a day would be a big deal," says Dr Robert Oppliger, a US exercise physiologist with the American College of Sports Medicine.
Dr Oppliger, an avid cyclist, says even a 3km to 4km spin can yield significant health benefits.
"There’s a lot of information coming out on something called active transport that compares travelling by bike or public transit to travelling by car," he says. "The benefits are significant the more mobile you are."
Government guidelines recommend adults accumulate 150 minutes of moderately intense physical activity per week. Cycling, he said, can be part of that.
"Bicycling has positive effects on weight and cardio-vascular health," he says. "Even a couple of times a week is beneficial in terms of all the problems with obesity."
Last week, the American Medical Association designated obesity, which affects one-third of US adults, a disease.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

The Cory Lunger Endowment Fund 2013 Run/Walk Event

The Cory Lunger Endowment Fund 2013 Run/Walk Event - Funding Research in Adult Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) at Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.
When: Sunday, September 29, 2013 @ 9AM
Where: The Ohio State University Campus
Race Directors: Michael Luong and Allen Loy


Developers capitalize on the rise of cycling's popularity | Business Journal

If there really is a War on Cars, more and more employers and commercial developers are siding with the bicyclists.
That’s clear when you look over building plans and hear developers talk about their projects. is building cycle tracks at its three-block office complex under construction in downtown Seattle. Plans show traffic signals for cyclists, complete with “leaning rails” on which riders can rest their feet while waiting for the green light. Once these cyclists arrive, they’ll pedal to indoor bike parking.
Another developer, Harbor Urban, is building an entire apartment building for bicyclists. Located in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood, the project is called Velo, which means bicycle in French. The 171-unit project’s doors, lobby floors and elevator walls are designed to be bike-friendly, and the apartments will have bike-storage “niches.”
Even Kemper Development, which touts the 10,000 free vehicle parking spaces at its Bellevue Collection, is building a bike commuter “lounge” in the 4-million-square-foot retail, office, residential and hotel complex.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Escaping the Bright Lights of Las Vegas | Bike Overnights

Think sin city is all about the sex, booze, and gambling? Well, according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, it is. But step away from the glitz and glam of the Las Vegas strip and you will find an abundance of resources for the outdoor enthusiast, all within a 45-minute drive in just about any direction. Go east and you can play in the waters of Lake Mead, Hoover Dam, and the Colorado River; head northwest and you can hit the slopes of 11,000-foot Mount Charleston; if you’re a hiker, Valley of Fire to the north and Red Rock Canyon to the west are sure to quench your appetite for stunning rock formations and authentic desert hiking.
Because all of these places are such a short distance from the center of the city, it actually means Las Vegas is an excellent starting point for a wide variety of amazing day trips and overnights that can be taken by bike!
Leaving Las Vegas: Jasper tests out his ride.
While there are plenty of local bike shops that will rent road or mountain bikes for day trips, finding a touring bike rental that's set up for panniers or a trailer is uncommon. But don't let this hold you back from exploring some of the spectacular riding Las Vegas has to offer. TheLas Vegas Bicycling Community Website has great resources to start your research on where to ride, what to expect, and how to find local rentals or tour guides.

An Unlikely Ride: Binary Bike Stop-Motion Video

House Bill Proposes National Complete Streets Policy Standards |

Broadway, Saratoga Springs, New York
By Olivia Starr
APA Government Affairs Associate
At a briefing yesterday on Capitol Hill, representatives of the National Complete Streets Coalition made the case for national standards for complete streets policies. This is one of the central proposals of the Safe Streets Act of 2013 (H.R. 2468), also introduced yesterday by Reps. Doris Matsui (D-Calif.) and David Joyce (R-Ohio).
The Safe Streets Act would require that each state and metropolitan planning organization adopt a complete streets policy within two years that ensures all new federally funded transportation projects accommodate the safety and convenience of all users. The bill defines transportation projects as road construction and road modification projects, including design, planning, construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, maintenance, and operations. The Secretary of Transportation would be tasked with certification of complete streets policies.
In her statement at the briefing, Matsui said, “We are changing our lifestyle. We also need to change our roads.” She added that her primary motivation for supporting a set of national complete streets policy standards is improving safety for all transportation system users.
By now, planners are familiar with the complete streets concept.

A Couples' Ride | Vimeo

A Couples' Ride from Darcy Turenne on Vimeo.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Bicycle Lanes for Multitudes | NYT

Ursula Bach/City of Copenhagen
An angled trash can on a stretch of the Copenhagen Cycle Super Highway is for those in a hurry.
COPENHAGEN — It sounds so promising. A network of dedicated cycle routes running through a city with air pumps to fix flat tires, footrests to lean on while taking breaks and trash cans that are specially angled so you can throw in empty water bottles without stopping.

Best of all, you can cycle on those routes for long distances without having to make way for cars and trucks at junctions and traffic lights, according to the official description of the Cycle Super Highways, which are under construction here as part of the Danish capital’s efforts to become carbon-neutral by 2025.
Are they as good as they sound? These days it is hard to find a big city that doesn’t make grandiose claims to encourage cycling, and harder still to find one that fulfills them. Redesigning congested traffic systems to add bike lanes to overcrowded roads is fiendishly difficult, especially in historic cities with narrow cobbled streets like Copenhagen. But as its cycling program sounds so ambitious, I went there to try it.

Lanes and limits come and go as the city’s cyclists go to and fro | The Copenhagen Post

Ahead of the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the bicycle in Copenhagen in 2015, Through the Looking Glass takes a look at the history of cycling
If you thought driving was hard today, just try negotiating this lot on your way to Netto
If you are a tourist or a recent arrival to our fair city, it’s unlikely that the number of people on bicycles will have escaped your notice. As a city that is sorely lacking in any gradient whatsoever, Copenhagen frequently competes with Amsterdam for the world’s number one cycling city title. Bicycles are an ordinary staple of daily life here, but it might surprise you to learn that the Danish capital wasn’t always so predisposed to developing the urban cycling paradise we enjoy today. Since the introduction of the first velocipede (a term that covers all human-powered vehicles on one or more wheels) onto our streets, Copenhagen has seen the bicycle’s popularity wax and wane. 
Goodbye Schleswig Holstein, hello bicycle

City backs bikes, but enough? [Dispatch]

Mayor Michael B. Coleman has said he wants Columbus to become “Bike City USA,” although cyclists say the city is still far from being a two-wheel Mecca.
More than $5 million in bike-friendly upgrades will come to Columbus this summer as the city installs bike lanes and pavement markings and adds shelters and racks.
Next month, Columbus’ new bike-share program, CoGo, is scheduled to launch with 300 bicycles and 30 stations, carrying a first-year price tag of $2 million.
The city also is using a $150,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Transportation to fund a campaign aimed at encouraging bicyclists and motorists to share the roads safely.
But some bicycling advocates worry that the investments might not be broad enough and that some of the projects will do little to protect them. A 2008 report called for more than $150 million in upgrades over about 30 years...
Continue reading at The Dispatch -->

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MORPC’s 2013 Riverfest Paddle & Pedal is Saturday, July 13 [FREE EVENT] | @MORPC

Event Summary
Join us Saturday, July 13 for MORPC’s inaugural Paddle & Pedal as part of this year’s Riverfest On Tour! Paddle along the Olentangy River from Broadmeadows Park to Northmoor Park to celebrate the ground breaking of the Olentangy Water Trail. Next enjoy a bike ride along the Olentangy Greenways Trail to downtown Columbus with stops along the way to learn about the 5th Avenue Dam removal and river restoration. The ride ends at North Bank Park with a discussion of the proposed Main Street Dam removal.
Registration Details
  • Life jackets, boats and paddles will be provided. Please register for a boat, as the number of boats is limited.
  • A canoe accommodates up to two adults with two small children; a kayak accommodates one person.
  • All minors must be five or older and supervised by an adult.
  • You must be 14 or older to use a kayak and minors must also be supervised by an adult. 
  • Each person joining the bike ride should register; bikes and helmets are not provided.
  • Secure bike storage will be available.
Day-Of Details
  • Bring your own lunch and beverage.  Meals are not provided.
  • Dress for the weather and wear comfortable footwear. Shoes are required and may get wet.
  • In the event of unsafe river or weather conditions, the event will be cancelled.  All registrants will receive an email early morning if this occurs.
  • Bike ride participants are responsible for their own transportation back to Northmoor Park to retrieve their vehicles, if necessary.
9:30am: Paddler Check-in at Northmoor Park 
The park is located on the west end of Northmoor Place in Clintonville. There is limited parking in the lot so participants may need to park along streets. Participants must sign a liability waiver (adults must sign for minors) and be fitted for a life jacket.
10:00am: Shuttle to Broadmeadows Park 
The Olentangy Water Trail will be announced. Participants will then receive a quick lesson in safe paddling before getting on the water. 
10:30–12:00pm: Paddle from Broadmeadows Park back to Northmoor Park (3 miles)
Paddlers return life jackets, boats and paddles at Northmoor. Lunch on your own.
12:00 pm: Bike ride-only participants check-in at Northmoor 
Park Bring your own helmet and bike. Helmets are required.
12:30–2:00 pm: Bike from Northmoor Park to North Bank Park (6.5 miles)
The tour includes a  stop in the OSU area to learn about the removal of the 5th Avenue Dam and the Olentangy River restoration. The ride will end downtown near North Bank Park with a discussion of the proposed Main Street Dam removal. 
2:00pm: Event concludes 
Participants are responsible for their own transportation back to  Northmoor Park to retrieve their vehicles, if necessary.


5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.
I. Call to Order – Introductions
II. Previous Meeting Notes
III. Old Business
1. Share the Road Campaign Update
2. Downtown High St Sharrows
IV. New Business
1. Completed Projects
2. Maintenance of Bicycle Repair Stations
V. Other Business
VI. Adjournment

Monday, June 24, 2013

NeverWet Arrives - Hands-On Product Demonstration

The Dutch Prize Their Pedal Power, but a Sea of Bikes Swamps Their Capital | NYT

AMSTERDAM — About 6:30 weekday mornings, throngs of bicycles, with a smattering of motor scooters and pedestrians, pour off the ferries that carry bikers and other passengers free of charge across the IJ (pronounced “eye”) harbor, clogging the streets and causing traffic jams down behind Amsterdam’s main train station.
“In the afternoon it’s even more,” moaned Erwin Schoof, a metalworker in his 20s who lives in the canal-laced center of town and battles the chaos daily to cross to his job.
Willem van Heijningen, a railway official responsible for bikes around the station, said, “It’s not a war zone, but it’s the next thing to it.”
This clogged stream of cyclists is just one of many in a city as renowned for bikes as Los Angeles is for automobiles or Venice for gondolas. Cyclists young and old pedal through narrow lanes and along canals. Mothers and fathers balance toddlers in spacious wooden boxes affixed to their bikes, ferrying them to school or day care. Carpenters carry tools and supplies in similar contraptions and electricians their cables. Few wear helmets. Increasingly, some are saying what was simply unthinkable just a few years ago: There are too many bikes.
While cities like New York struggle to get people onto bikes, Amsterdam is trying to keep its hordes of bikes under control. In a city of 800,000, there are 880,000 bicycles, the government estimates, four times the number of cars. In the past two decades, travel by bike has grown by 40 percent so that now about 32 percent of all trips within the city are by bike, compared with 22 percent by car.
Applauding this accomplishment, a Danish urban planning consultancy, Copenhagenize Design, which publishes an annual list of the 20 most bike-friendly cities, placed Amsterdam in first place this year, as it has frequently in the past. (The list consists mostly of European cities, though Tokyo; Nagoya, Japan; and Rio de Janeiro made the cut. Montreal is the only North American city included.)

Cars Can Kill People | Cool Cleveland Blog

By Joe Baur
An important point often overlooked in the never-ending cars versus bikes debate is this: When bikes break the rules, it’s annoying. When cars break the rules, they can kill people.
The issue has already been written to death. At this point, it seems writers and journalists alike seem to feel the need to give fair treatment to motorists. These articles will begin with cyclists’ complaints of cars not respecting them on the road, ignorant of their rights, and perhaps a dash of statistics on the rise of car-cyclist collisions. Then, out of some apparent need to be fair, the article will voice the overwhelming feeling motorists harbor toward cyclists.
“They blow through red lights!”
“They swerve around traffic!”
“Shouldn’t they be on the sidewalk, anyway!?”

British cyclists size up bike-friendly America | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Scott Bricker, executive director of Bike Pittsburgh, speaks at a meeting with Portland to Portland 2013 riders at Bike Pittsburgh's office in Lawrenceville on Saturday.

People don't often draw parallels between Pittsburgh and London, two cities that sit an ocean and 3,000 miles apart.
But when Peter Murray, the chairman of New London Architecture, saw the Steel City from his bicycle, its narrow streets -- built for a pre-automobile era -- instantly brought him back to London.
"There's quite a lot of similarities to London," he said. "We think there are quite a lot of similar problems."
Mr. Murray, 69, is the organizer of the Portland Oregon to Portland Place, London, Bike Ride, an endeavor that's part endurance challenge, part urban planning research project and part charitable fundraiser. A team of British cyclists -- many of whom are urban planners and architects interested in learning about bike infrastructure -- began their journey in Portland, Ore., in April. Averaging around 71 miles a day, they've made their way across the United States, stopping in cities to learn about their bike infrastructure.
With the assistance of air travel and a boat, they'll eventually make their way to Ireland, Wales and finally down to London, where they plan to end their journey on Portland Place, home to the Royal Institute of British Architects, in August.

[Keep reading at Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Fender Bender Detroit Bicycle Lending Library AMC 2013

Quad Lock Cases

We listened to your feed back and went back to the drawing board with this case. The Quad Lock iPhone 5 Case is manufactured from a durable TPU outer shell with a tough Polycarbonate core making the Quad Lock iPhone 5 Case the best and most protective case we have ever produced. 
  • Complete edge to edge protection
  • Lay on the table screen protection
  • Full access to all ports, buttons and switches
  • New impact absorbing TPU material
  • Much easier to install and remove
  • Compatible with all Quad Lock mounts and accessories
  • iPhone 5 Poncho also available. (coming soon)  
NOTE: Poncho and Bike Mount PRO not included with case.

[See more at Quad Lock]