Advocacy

December 2017 activity report

Our Executive Director Catherine Girves (center), with Columbus' Director of Public Utilities Tracie Davies (left) and Director of Public Service Jennifer Gallagher (right).

Our Executive Director Catherine Girves (center), with Columbus' Director of Public Utilities Tracie Davies (left) and Director of Public Service Jennifer Gallagher (right).

Welcome to the monthly feature in which we round up all our events, earned media, program delivery, meetings and speaking engagements for the month. Representation and outreach like this is what you fund with your membership dollars and major gifts, folks! Behold, December:

December 2

Met with leadership of Bike Wheeling to discuss advocacy strategies relating to bike infrastructure

December 4

Chaired the regular meeting of the Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission's Community Advisory Committee

Strategic Planning Committee meeting of the Yay Bikes! board

December 5

Finance Committee meeting of the Yay Bikes! board

December 6

Meeting with Columbus' Director of Public Service Jennifer Gallagher regarding bicycle infrastructure

Meeting with Columbus City Engineer James Young for a new sewer grate thanks

December 7

Coffee With Catherine

December 9

Year of Yay!, "Art of Giving" theme

December 12

Attended the retirement party for Randy Bowman, outgoing Assistant Director of Public Service for the City of Columbus

December 16

Attended a meeting of the Comfest Grant Committee, on which our Executive Director serves

December 18

Yay Bikes! board meeting

December 28

Bike the Cbus planning meeting

December 30

Strategic Planning Committee meeting of the Yay Bikes! board

November 2017 activity report

Tabling at the annual meeting of the Capital Crossroads and Discovery District Special Improvement Districts. Photo credit: Jeff Gove

Tabling at the annual meeting of the Capital Crossroads and Discovery District Special Improvement Districts. Photo credit: Jeff Gove

Welcome to the monthly feature in which we round up all our events, earned media, program delivery, meetings and speaking engagements for the month. Representation and outreach like this is what you fund with your membership dollars and major gifts, folks! Behold, November:

November 7

Met with staff of Bike Miami Valley to discuss a statewide advocacy agenda

November 8

Led a Ride Buddy ride with 5 Ohio Department of Aging employees

November 9

Coffee With Catherine

November 11

Year of Yay!, "Birding" theme

Yay Valet! @ OSU v Michigan State

November 13

Delivered 2 Professional Development Rides for the ODOT District 7 office

November 14

Attended the Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission's Summit on Sustainability

November 16

Attended the Ohio Active Transportation Plan leadership team meeting

Attended and tabled at the annual meeting of the Capital Crossroads and Discovery District Special Improvement Districts

Led a Ride Buddy ride with 3 Ohio Department of Health employees

November 18

Yay Valet! @ OSU v Illinois

November 20

Yay Bikes! board meeting

The Columbus Dispatch: Berliner Park will sport first mountain bike trail inside I-270

November 21

The Marietta Times: Professional development rides sponsored by ODOT

 

October 2017 activity report

Ohio Department of Health employees participating in a Ride Buddy ride. Photo credit: Deo Martinez

Ohio Department of Health employees participating in a Ride Buddy ride. Photo credit: Deo Martinez

Welcome to the monthly feature in which we round up all our events, earned media, program delivery, meetings and speaking engagements for the month. Representation and outreach like this is what you fund with your membership dollars and major gifts, folks! Behold, October:

October 2

Attended an introductory meeting with a Lime Bike representative

Chaired the regular meeting of the Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission's Community Advisory Committee

October 4

Athens NEWS: Advocates: Make Athens bike again

October 5

Sentinel-Tribune: BG adds graphics to remind drivers to share the road with bikes

October 6

Joined an Engineer's Ride with City of Columbus engineers, to look at portions of the proposed Clintonville Bikeway Network

Led a Ride Buddy ride with 3 Ohio Department of Health employees

Participated in the CoGo Bike Share quarterly stakeholders meeting

October 7

Yay Valet! @ OSU v Maryland

Spoke about effective advocacy on a "Fireside Chat" panel at the 2017 G.I.R.L. Conference

October 10

Coffee with Catherine

Attended the annual Ohio Transportation Engineering Conference

October 11

Led a Ride Buddy ride with 2 Ohio Department of Health employees

Drop In with Deo

October 12

Showcased bicycling at a "Career on Wheels" event at Liberty Elementary School

October 13

Delivered 2 Professional Development Rides for Elyria professionals

October 14

Year of Yay!, "First Dates" theme

October 15

Yay Valet! @ Columbus Marathon

October 16

Delivered 2 Professional Development Rides for Kettering professionals

Yay Bikes! board meeting

October 18

Candidates Forum, in partnership with DRAC (the Downtown Residents' Association of Columbus) and the Franklin County Consortium for Good Government

October 22

Led a How We Roll ride

October 23

Delivered a Professional Development Ride for Marietta professionals 

October 24

Delivered 2 Professional Development Rides for Marietta professionals 

October 26

Delivered a Professional Development Ride for McConnellsville professionals 

October 27

Led a Ride Buddy ride with 5 United Way of Central Ohio employees

Delivered a Professional Development Ride for Marietta professionals 

October 28

Yay Valet! @ OSU v Penn State

October 30

Participated in the Community Shares of Mid Ohio Audit Committee meeting

Chaired the regular meeting of the Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission's Community Advisory Committee

October 31

abc6onyourside.com: New bill could stiffen distracted driving penalties, some safety advocates want more

 

September 2017 activity report

Our Executive Director at a transportation professionals networking event this month.

Our Executive Director at a transportation professionals networking event this month.

Welcome to the monthly feature in which we round up all our events, earned media, program delivery, meetings and speaking engagements for the month. Representation and outreach like this is what you fund with your membership dollars and major gifts, folks! Behold, September:

September 1

Bike the Cbus and Bike the CbusPLUS registration & packet pick-up

September 2

Bike the Cbus and Bike the CbusPLUS (Click to view photos of the event!)

September 3

Year of Yay! vetting ride

September 4

Yay Valet! @ Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival

September 5

Chaired the Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission's regular Community Advisory Committee meeting

September 6

Coffee With Catherine

Ride Buddy ride with 5 Ohio Department of Transportation employees

September 7

Led a Ride Buddy ride with 5 Ohio Department of Education and Ohio Department of Higher Education employees

Led 2 Ride Buddy rides with 9 Ohio Development Services Administration and Ohio Department of Commerce employees

Bike Safety chat at the Grange Audubon Center

September 9

Year of Yay!, New Americans theme

Yay Valet! @ OSU v Oklahoma

September 10

Offered a Blessing of the Bicycles, in partnership with Summit on 16th United Methodist Church (See the message—"Godly Transportation Design"—here!)

September 14

Presented at a teleconference to professionals nationwide with CDC's Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity, on the topic Engaging Employees in Active Commuting (Listen to the webinar here!)

Drop In with Deo @ Upper Cup Coffee House

September 15

Attended an Inclusive Communities Affordable Housing Committee meeting

Attended a transportation professionals networking event

September 16

Yay Valet! @ OSU v Army West Point

September 18

Led a Ride Buddy ride with 4 Ohio Department of Health employees

Delivered 2 Professional Development Rides for Knox County professionals

Yay Bikes! board meeting

September 19

Mount Vernon News: Ride shines light on bike safety in city

September 20

Site visit to the Ohio Department of Transportation to assess bicycle infrastructure needs

September 21

Led a Ride Buddy ride with 4 Ohio Department of Transportation and Ohio Department of Higher Education employees

September 23

Yay Valet! @ OSU v UNLV

September 25

Participated in Ohio Active Transportation Plan team meeting

September 26

Led a Ride Buddy ride with 3 Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections employees

August 2017 activity report

Deo and Meredith lead an educational ride with 5 employees of the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Higher Education. 

Deo and Meredith lead an educational ride with 5 employees of the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Higher Education. 

Welcome to the monthly feature in which we round up all our events, earned media, program delivery, meetings and speaking engagements for the month. Representation and outreach like this is what you fund with your membership dollars and major gifts, folks! Behold, August:

August 1

Health fair tabling event at the Ohio Department of Health

Delivered a Professional Development Ride in Cincinnati, Newport & Covington with 26 transportation professionals from around the U.S. at AASHTO's Conference on Performance-Based Transportation Planning, Financing, and Management

Participated in the Short North's National Night Out celebration

August 2

Ride Buddy ride with an Ohio Department of Higher Education employee

August 3

Site visit to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to evaluate bike parking needs

"Pushin' Pedals" beer release party at Platform Beer Co, to benefit bicycle advocacy in Ohio

Bike the Cbus planning meeting

August 4

Professional Development Ride with Columbus City Schools staff

August 5

smartregions.org: Walkable, bikeable, and regional

August 8

Columbus Underground: Focus on Philanthropy: Yay Bikes! Removes Barriers to Biking

Coffee with Catherine @ Upper Cup Coffee Co in Gahanna

Led the Tuesday Night Ride to Whole Foods Easton to try the "Pushin' Pedals" beer

August 9

Evaluated applications to the insight2050 Technical Assistance Program on its Selection Committee

August 10

Bike the Cbus planning meeting

August 11

Site visit to the Ohio Department of Health to evaluate bike parking needs

August 12

Year of Yay!, Water theme

August 15

Ride Buddy ride with 4 Ohio Department of Health employees

Lucky's Market Impact Day tabling event

Professional Development Ride for Perry County officials in New Lexington 

August 16

Drop In with Deo @ Short North Coffee House in the Short North

Presentation to transportation professionals from the Atlanta Regional Commission about the collaborative process to develop bike lanes over the 3rd and 4th Street bridges 

August 17

Site visit to Rhodes Tower to evaluate bike parking needs

Bike the Cbus planning meeting

August 18

Ride Buddy ride with 1 Ohio Department of Higher Education employee and 1 Ohio Development Services Agency employee 

August 19

Rode the Bike with Mayor Ike bike ride

Yay Valet! @ Grove City EcoFest

August 20

Spoke on Central Ohio bicycle advocacy at the Black Girls Do Bike Columbus semiannual meet-up

August 21

Yay Bikes! board meeting

August 22

Perry County Tribune: County approves active transportation committee

Blessing of the Bicycles planning meeting with Summit on 16th United Methodist Church

August 23

How We Roll ride with Yay Bikes! members

August 24

Attended the 2017 COTA Annual Luncheon

August 25

Ride Buddy ride with 1 Ohio Department of Medicaid employee

Bike the Cbus planning meeting

Ride Buddy ride with 5 employees of the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Higher Education

August 26

Bike the Cbus volunteer appreciation and route vetting ride

August 27

How We Roll ride with Yay Bikes! members

August 29

Candidates Forum planning meeting with Franklin County Consortium for Good Government

July 2017 activity report

Catherine, our Executive Director, has an impromptu meeting with Tony Collins, Director of Columbus Recreation and Parks, and his staff at Columbus Jazz & Ribs Fest. 

Catherine, our Executive Director, has an impromptu meeting with Tony Collins, Director of Columbus Recreation and Parks, and his staff at Columbus Jazz & Ribs Fest. 

Welcome to the monthly feature in which we round up all our events, earned media, program delivery, meetings and speaking engagements for the month. Representation and outreach like this is what you fund with your membership dollars and major gifts, folks! Behold, July:

July 5

Met with Brent Warren of Columbus Underground to discuss bike news

Attended the Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission's Commuter Challenge celebration

Attended the Parsons Avenue Merchants Association meeting to share about Bike the Cbus

Met with Whole Foods about promoting Platform Beer Co.'s "Pushin' Pedals" brew, to be sold exclusively at Whole Foods to benefit bicycle advocacy in Ohio

Met with Jeff May of The Fitness Loft regarding Bike the Cbus and a Year of Yay!

July 6

Bike the Cbus planning meeting

Met with Usjid Hameed of the Council on American Islamic Relations to explore areas of joint interest

July 7

Met with Ryan Edwards of United Way of Central Ohio regarding a Year of Yay!

Met with Bertie Adams Ford to explore Black Girls Do Bike partnerships 

July 8

Year of Yay!, JAM theme

July 10

Coffee with Catherine @ Bottoms Up Coffee Co-op

July 11

Met with the Mayor of Somerset, Ohio

July 12

Chaired the Columbus Green Team meeting

Columbus Young Professionals Club gathering @ City Tavern

July 13–14

Participated in the OSU Roads Scholars Tour

July 14

Rode with City of Columbus engineers on their Hilltop ride to share thoughts about proposed infrastructure

July 15

Delivered a Ride Buddy work commute with a Mount Carmel Hospice employee

July 17–28

Delivered Earn a Bike programming with Kaleidoscope Youth Center youth, in partnership with Franklinton Cycle Works

July 17

Delivered a Professional Development Ride in Somerset

Yay Bikes! Board of Directors meeting

July 19

Attended an Advisory Committee meeting for the ongoing SR-161 Study

WBNS 10TV: A "spicy" t-shirt sale means new bikes for kids in need

Represented people who ride the Hilltop Advisory Committee meeting

July 20

Met with Brooke White, new Air Quality Program Manager for the Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission, regarding potential partnerships

Met with Nick Sanna, City of Columbus Recreation and Parks, about way finding on Central Ohio Greenways

Attended meeting of the COTA NextGen Project Advisory Group

July 21

Met with Claus Eckert, Executive Director of Green Columbus, to explore potential partnerships

Met with Tony Collins, Director of Columbus Recreation & Parks, about potential partnerships

July 25 

Met with Demetries Neely, CEO of King Arts Complex, regarding Bike the Cbus

The Columbus Dispatch: Upper Arlington bike path small, but integral link for central Ohio cyclists

Attended City of Columbus Public Service and Transportation Roundtable at Whetstone Recreation Center

July 26

Attended a Columbus Metropolitan Club luncheon

Attended a Central Ohio Greenways Board meeting

July 27

Site visit to the Ohio Department of Education building to evaluate bike parking needs

Met with David Staley, Director of The Goldberg Center, to explore potential partnerships

Visited the Ohio Department of Education building to assess bicycle infrastructure needs

July 28

Ride Buddy ride with MORPC employees

How We Roll ride for members

July 29

Vetting ride Bike the CbusPLUS

July 30

Year of Yay! ride leader training

June 2017 activity report

Our Executive Director Catherine Girves chats with City Council Member Shannon Hardin about West Side bike lanes. 

Our Executive Director Catherine Girves chats with City Council Member Shannon Hardin about West Side bike lanes. 

Welcome to the monthly feature in which we round up all our events, earned media, program delivery, meetings and speaking engagements for the month. Representation and outreach like this is what you fund with your membership dollars and major gifts, folks! Behold, June:

June 1

Bike the Cbus planning meeting

June 3

Meeting with Columbus City Council Member Shannon Hardin regarding bike lanes on West Broad Street

Year of Yay! vetting ride

Community engagement: Pride Bicycle Ride

June 5

Delivered 2 Professional Development Rides in Sandusky

June 6–8

Attended ODOT's Active Transportation Conference as subject matter experts assisting 5 communities throughout state; moderated a panel on education strategies in Ohio's Active Transportation Plan; and led and ride for 20 conference attendees  

June 9

Rode with City of Columbus engineers to provide input on South Side–area infrastructure under consideration through the Urban Infrastructure Recovery Fund

June 10

Year of Yay!, 'Candy' theme

June 10–11

Yay Valet! at Buckeye Country Superfest

June 12

Delivered 2 Professional Development Rides in Shaker Heights

June 13

Led a ride with Wellness Ambassadors from several State of Ohio agencies

June 14

Community engagement: Grove City Bike Night

June 15

Bike the Cbus vetting ride

June 16

Community engagement: Tour de Grandview

June 19

Delivered a Professional Development Ride in Lima

June 20

Led a ride with Wellness Ambassadors from several State of Ohio agencies

Meeting with Julie Walcoff of the Ohio Department of Transportation about upcoming training and partnership opportunities

June 21

Presentation to the State Highway Safety Plan Steering Committee regarding Professional Development Rides

June 24

Bike the CbusPLUS vetting ride

Community engagement: Black Girls Do Bike / Major Taylor ride

June 25

Community engagement: Tuesday Night Ride

Community engagement: Metro Parks Bicycle Tour 2017 @ Glacier Ridge

June 26

Chaired the MORPC Community Advisory Committee meeting

June 27

Smart City partner appreciation event

Community engagement: Steady Pedaling ride

June 28

Learn, Connect & Collaborate with Smart Columbus

Tour de Brew planning meeting

Presented "How to Grocery Shop by Bike" @ Lucky's Market 

June 29

Press conference with Defend our Future, City Council Member Elizabeth Brown, the Environmental Defense Fund and Green Columbus

June 30

How We Roll for Yay Bikes! members

The Daily Sentinel: Creating Healthy Communities Program

May 2017 activity report

ODOT transit employees learning to use the COTA bus racks during a Professional Development Ride with us this month.

ODOT transit employees learning to use the COTA bus racks during a Professional Development Ride with us this month.

Welcome to the monthly feature in which we round up all our events, earned media, program delivery, meetings and speaking engagements for the month. Representation and outreach like this is what you fund with your membership dollars and major gifts, folks! Behold, May:

All month

Delivered Columbus Bike Maps to bike shops throughout Central Ohio

May 1

Chaired the MORPC Community Advisory Committee meeting

May 2–3

Trained Bike Cleveland to deliver Professional Development rides

May 4

Columbus Alive: Things We Love: Picks from Emily Monnig

Vet the Bike the Cbus route

May 5 

Vet the June Year of Yay! route

May 6

Tabled at Pinchflat Bike Poster Blowout

May 9

Delivered a Professional Development Ride in Cleveland and another in Euclid

May 10

Meeting at the Ohio Department of Health regarding our upcoming Ride Buddy / How We Roll program for state employees

May 12

Met with a national representative from Dero

May 11

Tabled at the Worthington Community Bike Rodeo

Columbus Green Team meeting

May 13

Year of Yay!, 'April Showers Bring May Flowers' theme

May 15

Delivered a Professional Development Ride with ODOT transit professionals in Columbus

Yay Bikes! board meeting

May 16

nbc4i.com: "Groups aim to make biking to work safer and more convenient"

ODOT Messenger: "Bike to Work Week"

Led a bike ride with members of the press

Ride the Elevator

May 17

Columbus Ride of Silence

Participated in 2 Columbus Foundation Big Table conversations

May 19

The Loop: "5.19.17"

Led a ride to Columbus' Bike to Work Day celebration

May 21

Delivered a How We Roll ride for Yay Bikes! members

May 22

Delivered 2 Professional Development Rides in Defiance

May 23

Attended a planning meeting for the Statewide Active Transportation Institute

May 24

Attended a Central Ohio Greenways board meeting

May 30

Delivered a Professional Development Ride in Dublin

May 31

Delivered 2 Professional Development Rides in Meigs County (Pomeroy and Middleport

April 2017 activity report

Catherine leads a Professional Development Ride in Dover, OH for representatives from the city and ODOT District 11. Photo credit: Deo Martinez

Catherine leads a Professional Development Ride in Dover, OH for representatives from the city and ODOT District 11. Photo credit: Deo Martinez

Welcome to the monthly feature in which we round up all our events, earned media, program delivery, meetings and speaking engagements for the month. Representation and outreach like this is what you fund with your membership dollars and major gifts, folks! Behold, April:

All month

Delivered Columbus Bike Maps to bike shops throughout Central Ohio

April 3

Chaired the MORPC Community Advisory Committee meeting

April 5

Presented to 8th graders @ Columbus Gifted Academy

CDC.gov: Step It Up! Status Report for The Surgeon Generals Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities (pdf, page 21, regarding the Ohio Active Transportation Plan, which Yay Bikes! helped develop)

April 6

Bike the Cbus planning meeting

April 7

cleveland.com: Summit Cycling's 'How We Roll' tours teach Akronites to ride bikes safely in the city

April 8

Year of Yay!, 'Healthy Earth' theme

April 10

Delivered a Professional Development Ride in New Philadelphia and in Dover

Pinchflat: Bike Poster Blowout planning meeting

April 11

Met with Connex, Portsmouth's bicycle advocacy group

Presented to the Westerville Bicycle Club

Presented to the Italian Village Society

April 13

Delivered a Professional Development Ride in New Albany

Part of the Ohio Active Transportation Team that received the Ohio TZD (Toward Zero Death) Award for Regional Collaboration at their Spring 2017 meeting

April 14

Ohio Action Institute planning meeting

April 15

Yay Valet! @ OSU Spring Game

April 16

Delivered 2 Professional Development Rides in Portsmouth

April 17

Attended the State Route 161 study Advisory Committee Meeting

April 20

Bike the Cbus planning meeting

Columbus Underground: Pinchflat: Bike Poster Blowout

April 22

Yay Valet! @ Earth Day

April 24

Delivered a Professional Development Ride in Racine

Met with the Director of the Athens County Library System about a bike rack purchase

April 25

Attended a Comfest Grant Committee meeting

April 27

Attended the Ohio Active Transportation quarterly team meeting

WOSU, All Sides with Ann Fisher: Ohio Bike Laws (rebroadcast)

April 30

Hosted a Yay Bikes! member appreciation event

March 2017 activity report

Deo & Meredith accepting an award from the Greater Ohio Policy Center, who nominated us for a Greater Ohio Sustainable Development Award in the Non-profit Luminary category. 

Deo & Meredith accepting an award from the Greater Ohio Policy Center, who nominated us for a Greater Ohio Sustainable Development Award in the Non-profit Luminary category. 

Welcome to the monthly feature in which we round up all our events, earned media, program delivery, meetings and speaking engagements for the month. Representation and outreach like this is what you fund with your membership dollars and major gifts, folks! Behold, March:

All month

Delivered Columbus Bike Maps to bike shops throughout Central Ohio

March 7

Ride of Silence planning meeting

March 8

Attended the Greater Ohio Policy Center's annual Award Ceremony, to accept a Greater Ohio Sustainable Development Award in the Non-profit Luminary category

March 9

Tabled @ the annual Battelle Bike Expo

March 11

Year of Yay! ride, Prohibition theme

March 14

Attended the State Route 161 study Advisory Committee Meeting

March 16

Bike the Cbus planning meeting

March 18

Tabled @ Cyclist Connection's 10th Annual Garage Sale/Swap Meet

March 19

Tabled @ the Ohio Bicycle Swap Meet

March 20

Yay Bikes! Board of Directors meeting

March 20–22

Delivered Commuter Ride Leader training to 8 people from cities throughout Ohio,
in Columbus

March 21

WBNS 10TV: Columbus city engineers using bikes to better survey roads

March 23

Spoke to Maria Conroy's City & Regional Planning class on Sustainable Development

March 24

MC'd the Columbus Green Spot Awards

March 27

 WOSU, All Sides with Ann Fisher: Ohio Bike Laws

March 28

Happiness on Two Wheels: How to Roll

March 29–31

Delivered Commuter Ride Leader training to 8 people from cities throughout Ohio,
in Fremont

February 2017 activity report

Yay Bikes! member Rob Hendricks (by the door) represents on behalf of people who ride bicycles for transportation at the Linden-area Smart Columbus Community Planning Meeting. Photo credit: MurphyEpson

Yay Bikes! member Rob Hendricks (by the door) represents on behalf of people who ride bicycles for transportation at the Linden-area Smart Columbus Community Planning Meeting. Photo credit: MurphyEpson

Welcome to the monthly feature in which we round up all our events, earned media, program delivery, meetings and speaking engagements for the month. Representation and outreach like this is what you fund with your membership dollars and major gifts, folks! Behold, February:

Feb 2

Bike the Cbus planning meeting

Feb 4

Year of Yay! vetting ride

Feb 8

BG Independent News: BG completes first ‘Complete Streets’ efforts

Columbus Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting

Meeting with the General Property Manager of the Huntington Center about indoor bicycle parking for employees

Feb 9

Columbus Green Team meeting

Feb 10

COTA NextGen project advisory stakeholder meeting

Smart Columbus Community Planning Meeting in Linden

Feb 11

Smart Columbus Community Planning Meeting in Linden

Feb 14

Meeting at Ohio Department of Health about the upcoming train the trainer program

Feb 15

Meeting with Mark Wagenbrenner about Wagenbrenner Development's sponsorship of Bike the Cbus

CoGo Bike Share quarterly stakeholder meeting

Feb 16

Bike the Cbus planning meeting

Ohio Active Transportation Plan team leader meeting

Meeting with Sideswipe Brewing about hosting a membership event

Feb 20

Yay Bikes! Board of Directors meeting

Feb 22

City of Dublin Mobility Study stakeholder workshop

Feb 24

How We Roll ride for members

Ride of Silence fundraiser @ Cafe Brioso

Feb 27

Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission Community Advisory Council meeting, which is chaired by our Executive Director

January 2017 activity report

Executive Director Catherine Girves joins staff and lay leaders at Summit on 16th United Methodst Church in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr's birthday at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

Executive Director Catherine Girves joins staff and lay leaders at Summit on 16th United Methodst Church in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr's birthday at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

Welcome to the monthly feature in which we round up all our events, earned media, program delivery, meetings and speaking engagements for the month. Representation and outreach like this is what you fund with your membership dollars and major gifts, folks! Behold, January:

Jan 3

Meeting with Elevator Brewery about Ride the Elevator and Bike the Cbus

Jan 4

Meeting with Whole Foods Easton about 2017's Year of Yay! 

Regular meeting of MidOhio Regional Planning Commission's Citizen Advisory Council, which our Executive Director chairs

Jan 5

Meeting with Columbus City Schools regarding installation of new bike racks

Bike the Cbus planning meeting

Jan 9

Signage meeting of the Central Ohio Greenways Board

Jan 11

Team meeting at MurphyEpson regarding statewide Ohio Active Transportation Plan spring trainings

Jan 12

Conference call for Creating Healthy Communities about statewide trainings

Advisory Committee meeting for SR 161 Corridor Study

Ride of Silence planning meeting

Jan 13

Meeting at Ohio Department of Health to plan for the Ohio Active Transportation Action Institute Conference in June

Jan 14

Year of Yay! ride (cancelled)

Jan 16

Columbus' Martin Luther King Jr breakfast celebration, with leadership from Summit on 16th UMC, University Area Enrichment Association and University Area Freedom School

Yay Bikes! Board of Directors meeting

Jan 19

Meeting with leadership team of the Ohio Active Transportation Plan 

Bike the Cbus planning meeting

Jan 24

Meeting with Ohio Department of Health and Center for Disease Control officials about Ohio's Active Transportation Plan

Jan 25

Regular meeting of the Central Ohio Greenways Board; presented on Miamisburg's Bike Friendly Business program

Jan 26

Ride of Silence planning meeting

Jan 27

Ohio Active Transportation Plan quarterly webinar; presented on our Ride Buddy program and Ohio's new 3' safe passing law

Jan 28

Attended Transit Columbus' board retreat as an invited guest

Jan 30

Canal Winchester City Council meeting; presenting with Kerstin Carr of the MidOhio Regional Planning Commission on the work of the Central Ohio Greenways Board

Jan 31

Attended the Active Transportation Engineering Conference in Columbus

December 2016 activity report

Our Executive Director, Catherine (right), with Kimber Perfect of Mayor Ginther's office at the hearing for HB 154, Ohio's 3' safe passing law.

Our Executive Director, Catherine (right), with Kimber Perfect of Mayor Ginther's office at the hearing for HB 154, Ohio's 3' safe passing law.

Welcome to the monthly feature in which we round up all our events, earned media, program delivery, meetings and speaking engagements for the month. Representation and outreach like this is what you fund with your membership dollars and major gifts, folks! Behold, December:

Dec 1

Columbus CEO: SIDs' Annual Meeting (pdf)

Dec 2

Statewide Mode Shift Project ("Your Move, Ohio") Meeting

Dec 3

Year of Yay! vetting ride

Dec 6

Attended hearing for HB154, Ohio's 3' passing law

Dec 7

(Bowling Green) Sentinel-Tribune: Complete Streets process to remain in place with closer eye on deadlines

Dec 10

Year of Yay! with 'Heartwarming' theme

Dec 14

Meeting with owner of Orbit City bike shop

Dec 16

(Bowling Green) Sentinel-Tribune: BG makes plans to align city budget

Dec 18

Received 7 bike racks for Columbus Public Health

Dec 19

COTA Project Advisory Group

Yay Bikes! board meeting

Govenor Kasich signs HB154, defining safe passing of cyclists in Ohio's as 3', into law; takes effect March 19

Dec 24

Meeting with founders of Steady Pedaling

November 2016 activity report

Executive Director Catherine Girves represents on a panel at the Center for Urban & Regional Analysis' Healthy Places: Designing Cities for Biking and Walking forum. 

Executive Director Catherine Girves represents on a panel at the Center for Urban & Regional Analysis' Healthy Places: Designing Cities for Biking and Walking forum. 

Welcome to the monthly feature in which we round up all our events, earned media, program delivery, meetings and speaking engagements for the month. Representation and outreach like this is what you fund with your membership dollars and major gifts, folks! Behold, November:

November 2

2 Professional Development Rides in Akron

November 5

Yay Valet! @ OSU v Nebraska

November 7

2 Professional Development Rides in Bowling Green 

Sentinel-Tribune: "Cycling advocacy group shows 'tourists' how to experience bike friendly BG"

Sentinel-Tribune: "Advocacy group's tour points out safe ways to bike BG"

BG Independent News: "Bike tour of BG opens eyes to some solutions"

November 10

Columbus Green Team meeting

Tabling at Columbus' Downtown SID Annual Meeting

November 12

Year of Yay! featuring "Folklore" theme

Meeting with Bowling Green City Council Member Robert McOmber

November 13

Meeting with Bowling Green City Engineer Jason Sisco

November 16

Community Shares of Mid Ohio meeting

November 17

Meeting with Megan Melby of Columbia Gas and NiSource employees

November 18

Meeting with Columbus City Schools about bike parking

Presenting on the CURA panel Healthy Places: Designing Cities for Biking and Walking (with Gulsah Akar, Kerstin Carr, Scott Ulrich, Harvey Miller)

November 20

Year of Yay! ride leader training

November 21

Yay Bikes! board meeting

November 22

Ohio Active Transportation Planning Group lead meeting

November 26

Yay Valet! @ OSU v Michigan

November 28

MORPC Community Advisory Council meeting

November 29

Central Ohio Greenways board Signage and Wayfinding Committee meeting

November 30

Volunteer appreciation event

October 2016 activity report

Franklin County Consortium for Good Government's candidate forum,  presented in partnership with DRAC and Yay Bikes!  Photo credit: Bob Bickis

Franklin County Consortium for Good Government's candidate forum,  presented in partnership with DRAC and Yay Bikes! Photo credit: Bob Bickis

Welcome to the monthly feature in which we round up all our events, earned media, program delivery, meetings and speaking engagements for the month. Representation and outreach like this is what you fund with your membership dollars and major gifts, folks! Behold, October:

October 1

Yay Valet! @ OSU v Rutgers

October 3

Vetting the Massillon Professional Development Ride with help from local cyclists 

Ride of Silence happy hour fundraiser at Hills Market Downtown

October 4

Attended the MORPC Community Advisory Committee meeting

October 5

Bike the Cbus planning meeting

Vetting the Troy Professional Development Ride with help from local cyclists

October 6

Troy Professional Development Rides (2)

October 7

Massillon Professional Development Ride

October 8

Year of Yay!, "The 70s" theme

Yay Valet! @ OSU v Indiana

October 10

Vetting the Bowling Green Professional Development Ride with help from local cyclists

October 11

Vetting the Athens Professional Development Ride with help from Yay Bikes! members 

October 12

Bowling Green Professional Development Ride

Conversation with Columbus City Schools to help plan for bike racks outside schools

October 13

Meeting with Lucky's Market to explore potential partnership opportunities

October 14

Vetting the Athens Professional Development Ride with help from local cyclists 

October 16

Yay Valet! @ Columbus Marathon

October 17

Westerville Professional Development Ride

Yay Bikes! board meeting

October 18

Athens Professional Development Rides (2)

Attended the Annual Race Event Meeting with Columbus Police Department, Columbus Recreation and Parks and the Division of Fire

October 19

Met with a Capital University student about creating a video highlighting our Professional Development Rides

Presented the 2016 Candidates Forum with the Franklin County Consortium for Good Government, in partnership with DRAC

October 20

Vetting the Nelsonville Professional Development Ride with help from Yay Bikes! members

October 21–22

Volunteering @ Highball Halloween to raise funds for Ride of Silence

October 22

Presented on transportation bicycling at the NeighborWorks Community Learning Institute National Conference

October 25

Nelsonville Professional Development Ride

October 26

Meeting of the Central Ohio Greenways board, on which our ED serves

October 28

Vetting the ODOT District 8 Professional Development Ride with local cyclists

Bike the Cbus planning meeting

CURA (The Center for Urban and Regional Analysis at OSU) Community Bike Roundtable

October 29

Yay Valet! @ OSU v Northwestern

October 30

Year of Yay! Ride Leader Training

October 31

ODOT District 8 Professional Development Ride

September 2016 activity report

Officials in Sandusky, Ohio on a Professional Development Ride. Photo credit: MJ Reed

Officials in Sandusky, Ohio on a Professional Development Ride. Photo credit: MJ Reed

Welcome to the monthly feature in which we round up all our events, earned media, program delivery, meetings and speaking engagements for the month. Representation and outreach like this is what you fund with your membership dollars and major gifts, folks! Behold, September:

September 1

Bike the Cbus planning meeting

Columbus Underground: City Phasing Out “Share the Road” Signs

September 2

Bike the Cbus on-site registration & raffle

ABC 6 On Your Side: City changing bicycle awareness signs

September 3

Bike the Cbus

Yay Valet! @ OSU v Bowling Green and Bike the Cbus

road.cc: US city to replace 'share the road' signs with 'bikes may use full lane' ones

September 5

Yay Valet @ Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival

September 7

Vetting the Powell Professional Development Ride with help from Yay Bikes! members

Next City: City to Replace "Share the Road" Signs With a Clearer Message

September 8

Troy Professional Development Ride, in Columbus, with their City Engineer and others

September 10

Year of Yay! with "Resilience" theme

September 12

Powell Professional Development Ride

September 13

Vetting the Richland County Professional Development Ride with help from Yay Bikes! members and local advocates 

September 15

Vetting the Miamisburg Professional Development Ride with help from local cyclists 

September 16

Miamisburg Professional Development Ride

September 19

Richland County Professional Development Rides (2)

Bicycling Magazine: The 50 Best Bike Cities of 2016 (We're 39! We're 39!)

September 21

Vetting the Fremont Professional Development Ride with help from local cyclists 

Vetting Tour de Brew with the team of leads and sweeps

September 22

Fremont Professional Development Ride

Tour de Brew planning meeting

September 23

Meeting with Zach Traxler to discuss the possibility of launching an online store

September 24

Tour de Brew fundraising ride in partnership with Water for Good to provide clean water for communities of Central Africa

September 26

Vetting the Sandusky Professional Development Ride with help from local cyclists 

September 27

Fremont and Sandusky Professional Development Rides

September 28

Vetting Columbus ride for private transportation consultants

September 29

Professional Development Ride, in Columbus, for transportation professionals designing roads nationally

Meeting with Sidney Hargrow, Executive Director at Community Foundation of South Jersey, to discuss philanthropy

August 2016 activity report

Leading a professional development ride for City of Worthington engineers, parks and utilities staff. 

Leading a professional development ride for City of Worthington engineers, parks and utilities staff. 

Welcome to the monthly feature in which we round up all our events, earned media, program delivery, meetings and speaking engagements for the month. Representation and outreach like this is what you fund with your membership dollars and major gifts, folks! Behold, August:

August 1

Meeting with Tyler Steele of the Major Taylors regarding Bike the Cbus

Meeting with James Young, Columbus City Engineer, regarding our joint American Public Works conference presentation

August 2

Board meeting of Franklin County Consortium for Good Government, on which our Executive Directo serves

August 4

Travel to Zanesville to vet their Professional Development Ride

Bike the Cbus planning meeting

August 6

Year of Yay! vetting ride

August 10

Columbus Alive: "Wheels of Fortunate"

August 11

Regular meeting of the City of Columbus Green Team Working Group Chairs, which our Executive Director chairs

Regular meeting of the City of Columbus Green Team, which our Executive Director chairs

Meeting of the statewide Ride Buddy training team 

August 12

City of Zanesville Professional Development Ride

August 13

Year of Yay!, Local Food theme

August 14

Bike the Cbus and Bike the Cbus+ vetting rides

Bike the Cbus+ ride lead/sweep training

August 17

Regular meeting of the DRAC board, on which our Executive Director serves

August 19

Travel to Worthington to vet their Professional Development Ride

August 20

Yay Valet! @ Grove City EcoFest

August 23

City of Worthington Professional Development Ride

Regular meeting of the CoGo Bike Share Advisory Board, on which our Executive Director serves

August 23–25

Delivered Ride Buddy training for professionals from around the state

August 26

Attended the Regional Trails Summit in Cincinnati, at which Board Member Brian Laliberte presented on the keynote panel "Balancing the Active Transportation Network"

August 27–30

Attended the PWX 2016: The American Public Works Association Conference in Minneapolis, at which our Executive Director Catherine Girves presented on "Municipal Engineers and Bicycle Advocates Make Really Great Friends!"

Minneapolis Bike Hub meeting

Dero facility tour

July 2016 activity report

Yay Bikes! ride leaders Shyra Allen and Jeff Gove pose post-ride with their group of public health officials from around the state.

Yay Bikes! ride leaders Shyra Allen and Jeff Gove pose post-ride with their group of public health officials from around the state.

Welcome to the monthly feature in which we round up all our events, earned media, program delivery, meetings and speaking engagements for the month. Representation and outreach like this is what you fund with your membership dollars and major gifts, folks! Behold, July:

July 2

Year of Yay! vetting ride

July 6

Columbus Underground: "Promotion of Cyclist Murder Causes Outrage During Doo Dah Parade"

WND: "'I'll Share the Road When You Follow the Rules'"

July 7

Bike the Cbus planning meeting

The Columbus Dispatch: "Parade should make anarchy great again"

July 8

The Columbus Dispatch: "Lessons from the Doo Dah parade"

July 9

Year of Yay!, American Heroes theme

Yay Valet! @ Deschutes Brewery's Street Pub

July 10

Bike the Cbus+ Team of Awesomeness vet the metric century route 

July 12

How We Roll ride with 26 Wellness Ambassadors from public health agencies around the state

July 14

Attended press conference announcing Dr. Ned Pettus as the new director of Columbus' Department of Public Safety

July 15

Bike the Cbus planning meeting

Tour de Brew planning meeting

July 18

Yay Bikes! Board of Directors meeting

July 21

10TV.com: "Seven months in, several incidents reported on newly designed Summit St."

July 26–27

Attended the Ohio Department of Transportation Ohio Planning Conference: Transport Ohio's Future and led a bike ride for participants

July 27

Yay Valet! @ ICC at the Shoe

July 28

Columbus Green Team Built Environment and Transportation Infrastructure committee meeting

July 29

Professional development ride with representatives from Worthington, Westerville, Gahanna, Grove City and Reynoldsburg, as well as MORPC 

Takin' our show on the road thru Ohio

We're excited to announce that we are partnering with Ohio Department of Transportation to take our show on the road! This summer and fall we'll be offering professional development rides—similar to the "engineer rides" we piloted in Columbus last year—to transportation professionals and others who influence the experience of people biking for transportation throughout Ohio. 

Our professional development rides are designed to provide opportunities to experience a community's current street infrastructure by bike to better understand how to: 1) engineer and evaluate bicycle-related infrastructure; 2) inform and educate all road users; 3) enforce laws governing behaviors that lead to conflicts between people on bikes and other road users; and 4) encourage active transportation. Previous participants have reported increased understanding of why cyclists make the choices they do and understanding what makes for an effective bicycle accommodation. In their own words:

“I learned there is a huge difference between a well designed bike lane or facility and one that is just thrown in last minute to a project to make it a complete street.”
“I got a feel for the perspective of a bicycle rider. I also learned some things about general bicycling practices that are contrary to what I’d previously thought (lane positioning, platooning at traffic signals, etc.). These are things that will aid me as I’m working on different issues pertaining to bicycling.”
“I learned quite a bit about what looks good on paper may not be the right solution in real life.”
“If I want to expand my engineering judgment, I need to experience it. And it was a lot different than I thought. Yay Bikes! gave our team a whole new perspective. As engineers, we’re focused on making it work, but Yay Bikes! gave us feedback from a customer perspective.”

Professional development rides are 3 hour experiences customized for each community to feature as many types of infrastructure as possible within approximately
8–10 miles. They roll at a casual pace accessible to most, and include several stops to discuss the experience of riding different streets, as well as traffic law and how it pertains to best bicycling practices. Ride leaders are extensively trained transportation cyclists and educators with deep respect for participants' professional expertise. 

 If you are interested in scheduling a ride for your team, contact Catherine

June 2016 activity report

Catherine shows off our new outreach bike to Sandra López, Legislative Analyst, City Council Division of Community Engagement, at the Smart City award press release event. 

Catherine shows off our new outreach bike to Sandra López, Legislative Analyst, City Council Division of Community Engagement, at the Smart City award press release event. 

Welcome to the monthly feature in which we round up all our events, earned media, program delivery, meetings and speaking engagements for the month. Representation and outreach like this is what you fund with your membership dollars and major gifts, folks! Behold, June:

June 1

Statewide meeting of the Active Transportation Plan group

June 2

NeighborWorks conference planning meeting for speakers, of which our Executive Director is one

Yay Bikes! membership drive

June 3

Ride of Silence wine tasting fundraiser

June 5

Bike the Cbus route vetting ride

June 6

Bike the Cbus planning meeting

June 7

Year of Yay! route vetting ride

June 8

Meeting with the Columbus Department of Development's Mike Schadek to discuss the role of biking in Columbus' economic development

June 11

Year of Yay! 'Obsessions' theme

June 12

Meeting with Mark Waggenbrenner of Waggenbrenner Development Co regarding their Bike the Cbus route sponsorship

June 15

Meeting with AAA's Sarah Frederick to discuss a forthcoming article in their regional magazine about how cars can share roads with bicycles

June 17

COTA wayfinding meeting

City of Columbus Engineer Ride in Franklinton

June 17–18

Yay Valet! @ Pride

June 18–19

Yay Valet! @ Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival

Yay Valet! @ Buckeye Country Superfest

June 21

Meeting with leadership team at the Ohio Department of Health to discuss potential mode shift programming for employees of state agencies

Conversation with Mayor of Grove City about outreach to local engineers

June 22

Meeting with Orange Barrel Media's Megan Knott about Bike the Cbus sponsorship

June 23

Regular meeting of the Built Environment & Transportation Infrastructure committee of Columbus' Green Team

Smart City press release and celebration event

June 24

Our Executive Director speaking at Comfest Jazz Stage

June 24–26

Yay Valet! @ Comfest

June 29

City of Columbus Bicycle Working Group meeting

Meeting with Origo Branding to discuss a possible public service safety campaign

June 30

Bike the Cbus planning meeting

Tour de Brew planning meeting