Consider Biking enews: October 2012
Oct 7th, 2012 | By Jody | Category: News, Newsletters
Consider Biking Activity Update
The newsletter for our Members and Street-Level Advocates
This month we get to share stories about Consider Biking's contribution to Car Free Day in Columbus. Learn about the innovative pop-up bike lane on East Gay St – a glimpse into the future! Bryan led another first for Car Free day, a bicycle tour of many of the Car Free Park(ing) spots.
Jess represented Consider Biking at the Pro Walk/Pro Bike: Pro Place Conference in Long Beach and came back inspired! Our Cleveland friend, Diane Lees of the Outspoken Cyclists features podcasts on PW/PB, the Women's Bicycling Conference and Interbike in Vegas. LISTEN HERE to find the Outspoken Cyclist Podcasts (episodes 108, 109).
We also participated in public meetings on West Sullivant Ave Complete Streets Improvement Project and the proposed Dublin-Granville Rd Shared Use Path; Although DGR is a Columbus project, it involves several jurisdictions while linking the Olentangy Trail to the Dublin Bikeways network. It is a key 2.2 mile segment. We await an update on the Columbus Bike Share and will keep you posted when we know next steps. Overall, the city's bike plan is coming together, but in the meantime please exercise patience with the construction detours. The good news is that when Orange Barrels are removed, many reveal new bike facilities, like new bike lanes on King Avenue!
We hope to see you at the Market to Market ride
, get creative for the "Wizard of Oz" theme. Also bring your parts and tools to help BikeOSU's mobile bike clinic; that extra saddle in your garage could be just the part needed to reboot a student's bike. Where ever you go - Enjoy the Ride!
- Jody Dzuranin
|Car Free Day = Bike Lane Demonstration
by Jess Mathews and Alex Smith On Friday September 21st, 2012 Columbus celebrated the annual Car-Free Day. For the first time in Columbus history Consider Biking with the invaluable assistance of MORPC installed a pop-up or temporary bike lane on the north side of Gay St. on the parking spaces next to Café Brioso. The pop-up bike lane was a real life demonstration of what bike lanes in the core of Columbus would look and feel like so that riders could experience wheels on how a downtown bike lane would add safety to their bicycling travels. This demonstration forwarded the goals of Consider Biking's Connect the Core program that seeks to create bicycle infrastructure in downtown Columbus that adds to the connectivity of the existing bike paths and infrastructure in all parts of the city. We hope that this is a first in what will be a series of pop-up bike lanes in downtown Columbus to promote the Connect the Core Campaign.
|Gay St. Bike Lane Demo
How was this done? With the careful planning of Jess Mathews and Alex Smith of Consider Biking and Evelyn Ebert of MORPC the parking spaces were reserved, the dimensions were calculated, stencils were made, supplies were bought, and the press was alerted. The day of the event after the reserved parking spaces were clear of cars green duct tape was laid down parallel to the street across the parking spaces to the stop bar on High St. Then black duct tape was applied to the white lines that ran perpendicular to the street that demarcated the parking spaces. While all this was going on cardboard stencils, chalk and the artistic excellence of a young lady by the name of Annie were used to create the bike symbols and arrows that designated the direction of travel between the green tape. Then POW a bike lane was born! We would also like to thank volunteers Andrew Sidesinger, Carrie Fredrick,and Garry White for helping out with the installation. Check out the photos that volunteer Garry White took and let us know what you think about creating some more of these bike lanes in the future.
See more photos on our website at Bike Lane Experiment for Car-Free Day on Gay St.
|Car Free Day 2012 – a Seven Mile Spin
by Bryan Saums
About twenty bicyclists joined Consider Biking and MORPC for a short, sweet seven mile ride at noon on Car Free Day, Friday, September 21.
Car Free Day is an international event that celebrates all the creative things we could do with all that space dedicated to automobile parking…if we just rode and parked our bikes instead!
Our bicyclists visited several of the great Car Free spots here in Central Ohio on their short ride.
They started at Goodale Park and rolled over to the Godman Guild in Weinland Park. Then they rolled down to the OSU campus to visit three car free sites. CD 102.5 had a great give-away going on right on High Street (your intrepid author won a jump rope). Folks at the South Campus Gateway looked quite content at their outdoor café right across the street. Several student groups and university departments joined Trek Stores of Columbus to promote green transportation and to fix bikes for free!
Our cyclists rolled south on Neil Avenue and then through downtown to enjoy the centerpiece of Car Free Day in front of Café Brioso on the corner of Gay and High (see Alex's article on this great spot elsewhere in this newsletter). Finally, our riders collected their coupons for a free serving of delicious Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams and left downtown for the Jeni's in the Short North. After all, you can't lose weight on Car Free Day!
Girls in Gear
|girls in gear
by Jess Mathews
'Bicycles have the unique ability to act as both a metaphor and a means for moving young women forward.' Riding a bike can build one's self-esteem and independence. Learning basic bicycle mechanics empowers young women to fix not only their bikes but also fix other things in their lives.
'Girls in Gear' is a non-competitive, girls-specific program geared towards empowering young girls through the bicycle.
'Girls in Gear' will be an eight-week program, held once a week and will build confidence and empower young girls through four areas:
- Bicycle Safety
- Basic Bicycle Mechanics
- Urban Design
- Public Speaking and Presentation Building
For more information, contact Jessica Mathews – Safe Routes to School Coordinator: email@example.com
Tool and Part Donations for BikeOSU
by Alex Smith
Bike OSU, a student run advocacy group at The Ohio State University, is currently seeking bike tool and parts donations for their Mobile Bike Clinic and Bicycle Co-op. What is a Mobile Bike Clinic? It is a tri-bike with a storage chest mounted on the front of the bike to store tools and work stands. It travels the university aiding students that are in need of simple bicycle maintenance. If you will be in attendance at the Market-to-Market ride on October 13th you will see the Mobile Bike Clinic there assisting riders with any maintenance needs they may have. The Co-op is very close to getting a shop front. We already have a storage space on west campus; however, it unfortunately doesn't have heat or running water which makes it difficult to work on the 150-200 bicycles that OSU Traffic and Parking donated to the organization. In order for Bike OSU to get things up and running we need tools and parts to work on the bikes that we have.
So, we are asking you if you have any tools or parts that you are willing to donate. We would love to utilize them to keep the Mobile Bike Clinic going and get the Co-op up and running as we have many students willing to volunteer at the Co-op, but we need tools first and foremost. The Co-op is not only open to students it will be open to all cyclists, especially OSU alumni, staff and faculty. We have no funding for this operation outside of the bikes and the spaces that have been donated to us so this is why we are asking for your help. Once we get things up and running we will make it sustainable by selling bike accessories to students along with some of the bikes that we fix up. This Co-op will evolve into a bike resource center where we promote fun, safety and responsible riding on and around campus. If you have any tools or parts to donate you can either bring them to the Consider Biking Office at 4041 North High St. and we will have a box there where you can drop the tools off. Or if you will be attending the Market-to-Market ride you can drop them off at either the North Market or the Hills Market starting locations where we will have a box at the registration tables at the respective locations.
Thank you for considering donating your tools or parts to Bike OSU. You can track our progress at: http://www.facebook.com/WeBikeOSU
Visit our update post for this month's update on trail construction.
- Bike Lanes are installed on King Ave. West of Olentangy River Rd.
- The dangerous boil near BroadMeadows bridge has been repaired.
- The multi use path going into the zoo is complete East of Riverside Dr. Bike Racks at the zoo (pictured)
October 6: Cycle for Scouts – Marion
October 13: Market to Market Bicycle Adventure (and BikeOSU Tool and Part Donation)
October 13: TrekColumbus Breast Cancer Awareness Ride
October 14: Cap City Cross 2012 Series
October 20-21: Ohio State Cyclocross Championship
October 20: YoY Ride
October 24: Columbus TPC – Bicycle Subcommittee
October 31: Two Wheels and Heels, Ladies Ride
November 11: Cap City Cross, Dublin Darree Fields
November 17: YoY Ride
November 25: Cap City Cross, Dublin Darree Fields
Links about these rides and events are listed on our website.
Mark your calendar! The 25th Anniversary Tour of the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure is set for June 15-22, 2013. "Where?" you ask. All will be revealed on the website on Monday, November 19; Visit www.goba.com
Connect the Core – Good News
"Sharrows" are Shared Lane markings which remind both motorists and bicyclist that they are sharing the same travel lane. Generally, Riders should aim their bike thru the chevron unless there is an obstacle in the road that would make that position unsafe.
Sharrows (by end of 2012):
- Park St (Goodale St to Buttles Ave)
- Town St (Third St to Parsons Ave)
Sharrows (First Half of 2013):
- Front St (Greenlawn Ave to Mound St)
- High St (Greenlawn Ave to Mound St)
- Main St (2nd St to Scioto Trail)
- Liberty St (Short St to Front St)
- Short St (Liberty St to Mound St)
- Mound St (Short St to 2nd St)
- 2nd St (Mound St to Main St)
- Civic Center Drive (Main St to Broad St)
- Greenlawn Ave (Berliner Park to High St)
- Whittier St (West Terminus to High St)
This will create Bikeways in/out of 6 Downtown Parks:
- Goodale Park
- Columbus Commons
- The Topiary Park
- Franklin Park
- Scioto Metro Park
- Berliner Sports Park
We celebrate this step toward creating a dynamic, interconnected downtown urban bikeway. Another new addition to the Downtown Bike Infrastructure are the six new Bike Shelters in the Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District. READ MORE
National Bike Challenge results
After a collective journey of more than 12 million miles that spanned all 50 states, the 2012 National Bike Challenge passed the finish line on August 31.
In just four months, the friendly, online competition – sponsored by Kimberly-Clark Corporation, League of American Bicyclists, Endomondo and Bikes Belong – engaged more than 30,000 Americans from coast to coast. The initiative encouraged new cyclists to start riding, challenged current bicyclists to ride more and showcased the tremendous health and financial benefits of bicycling.
"The Challenge has given us just a tiny glimpse of the remarkable potential of bicycling to address major social and environmental issues – in a fun and engaging way," said Andy Clarke, League President. "Every one of the 30,000 participants deserves recognition for the miles they contributed to the impressive grand total – and we look forward to seeing everyone in the saddle for next year's challenge!"
Through the interactive Endomondo website, Facebook group and Twitter feed, the National Bike Challenge created a vibrant, virtual community of thousands of cyclists who inspired and encouraged each other on a daily basis to lose weight, leave the car in the driveway and reach their individual goals.
READ MORE: League of American Bicyclists.
Get Engaged in Our Movement!
You make the difference by:
- Bicycling and logging your rides using Endomondo on the Ohio Bicycle Challenge Site. The challenge has ended, but logging can continue.
- Joining Consider Biking. Your membership gives us voice.
- Being a bicycle champion. Advocate. Educate. Inspire.
- Telling us what you think.
- Volunteering your time and talent. Email firstname.lastname@example.org opportunities.
Consider Biking members, volunteers and 2 BY 2012 bicycle champions make Central Ohio a better, safer community for bicycling.
The best way to keep up with our activities is to follow us on Facebook and Twitter and visit our Webpage Calendar (click Agenda).
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