Aug
25
5:30pm 5:30pm

How We Roll for members

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All Yay Bikes! members have the opportunity to join us on an educational 'How We Roll' ride. During your ride, you'll enjoy a casual ride through downtown Columbus (with several stops for conversation!) that prepares you to safely and confidently navigate traffic by bicycle. Topics include bicycle traffic law, proper lane positioning and more. See our FAQs, below, and contact Meredith with questions.

Ride FAQ

Q: Where in Goodale Park do we meet?

A: We meet at the pink dot:

Q: What happens during the rides?

A: After introductions and a brief safety chat, we head out on the road and ride for a couple of miles at a time, stopping periodically for ride leaders to check in, discuss features of the route, process incidents that occur, answer questions and critique unsafe riding habits. We ride approximately 8 miles, then return to Goodale Park, where participants can ask final questions.

Q: What if I can't make it for the whole ride?

A: If you can't stick around until the ride concludes, please refrain from signing up for this month's ride. Ride leaders will not be available to escort participants back to start, with the exception of emergency situations. There will be another ride you can join soon! 

Q: What should I bring with me?

A: Bring a helmet, a WORKING bicycle and, if it will get dark by the end of our ride, front and rear lights. Otherwise, just bring whatever will make you comfortable on the ride (e.g., phone, bottle of water, snacks, sunscreen, medication, etc.). 

Q: Will there be someone available to help me fix/adjust my bicycle? 

A: Unfortunately, no—our instructors cannot spend time making adjustments. If an instructor deems your bicycle unsafe or unrideable for ANY reason (e.g., low tire pressure, loose brakes or other parts, etc.) you will be asked to leave and re-register for a later class. 

Q: How should I dress?

A: Wear whatever weather-appropriate clothing makes you comfortable! There is no need to wear cycling-specific clothing unless you want to. Helmets, however, are REQUIRED on this ride.

Q: What happens if the weather is bad?

A: We don't roll in thunderstorms or icy conditions, but we do roll in rain and light snow. Decisions regarding cancellations will be made and communicated by email within 2 hours of your ride. If there is no notification, you may assume that the ride is still on.  

Q: What if I'm not a very strong cyclist?

A: How We Roll is paced according to the slowest rider in the group, and each ride features several stops for instruction. If you possess basic bike handling skills and can ride 8 miles within 2 hours, you should be fine. If you are concerned about your ability to complete the ride, you'll want to pay special attention to the bicycle you use. Bicycles that fit well and those that have thinner tires are easier to ride than those with a poor fit or thick, knobby tires. And inflating your tires with air can do wonders for your ease of ride! 

Q: Can I bring my kid(s)?

A: We welcome young people who are riding with parents or caregivers who are members, possess basic bike handling skills and can comfortably ride 8 miles within 2 hours. In general, we recommend age 12 and up, but use your discretion! Each child must be registered.

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Aug
27
2:00pm 2:00pm

How We Roll for members

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All Yay Bikes! members have the opportunity to join us on an educational 'How We Roll' ride. During your ride, you'll enjoy a casual ride through downtown Columbus (with several stops for conversation!) that prepares you to safely and confidently navigate traffic by bicycle. Topics include bicycle traffic law, proper lane positioning and more. See our FAQs, below, and contact Meredith with questions.

Ride FAQ

Q: Where in Goodale Park do we meet?

A: We meet at the pink dot:

Q: What happens during the rides?

A: After introductions and a brief safety chat, we head out on the road and ride for a couple of miles at a time, stopping periodically for ride leaders to check in, discuss features of the route, process incidents that occur, answer questions and critique unsafe riding habits. We ride approximately 8 miles, then return to Goodale Park, where participants can ask final questions.

Q: What if I can't make it for the whole ride?

A: If you can't stick around until the ride concludes, please refrain from signing up for this month's ride. Ride leaders will not be available to escort participants back to start, with the exception of emergency situations. There will be another ride you can join soon! 

Q: What should I bring with me?

A: Bring a helmet, a WORKING bicycle and, if it will get dark by the end of our ride, front and rear lights. Otherwise, just bring whatever will make you comfortable on the ride (e.g., phone, bottle of water, snacks, sunscreen, medication, etc.). 

Q: Will there be someone available to help me fix/adjust my bicycle? 

A: Unfortunately, no—our instructors cannot spend time making adjustments. If an instructor deems your bicycle unsafe or unrideable for ANY reason (e.g., low tire pressure, loose brakes or other parts, etc.) you will be asked to leave and re-register for a later class. 

Q: How should I dress?

A: Wear whatever weather-appropriate clothing makes you comfortable! There is no need to wear cycling-specific clothing unless you want to. Helmets, however, are REQUIRED on this ride.

Q: What happens if the weather is bad?

A: We don't roll in thunderstorms or icy conditions, but we do roll in rain and light snow. Decisions regarding cancellations will be made and communicated by email within 2 hours of your ride. If there is no notification, you may assume that the ride is still on.  

Q: What if I'm not a very strong cyclist?

A: How We Roll is paced according to the slowest rider in the group, and each ride features several stops for instruction. If you possess basic bike handling skills and can ride 8 miles within 2 hours, you should be fine. If you are concerned about your ability to complete the ride, you'll want to pay special attention to the bicycle you use. Bicycles that fit well and those that have thinner tires are easier to ride than those with a poor fit or thick, knobby tires. And inflating your tires with air can do wonders for your ease of ride! 

Q: Can I bring my kid(s)?

A: We welcome young people who are riding with parents or caregivers who are members, possess basic bike handling skills and can comfortably ride 8 miles within 2 hours. In general, we recommend age 12 and up, but use your discretion! Each child must be registered.

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Aug
30
6:00pm 6:00pm

VOLUNTEER for Bike the Cbus (Sign Posting) 2017

Columbus' original city-wide ride since 2008, Bike the Cbus (BtCB) is a self-guided group tour highlighting our city’s unique and evolving center-ring neighborhoods. The ride features four Neighborhood Routes of varying lengths that total approximately 30 miles, of which participants can ride as many or few as they choose. More seasoned cyclists can ride BtCB+, a unique SAG-supported urban Metric Century Route (62 miles) through Franklin County. Along each route, there are stops hosted by local organizations who provide snacks and entertainment.

Help is need on the Wednesday before the ride to post signs along the route alerting riders to turns and opportunities for rest, refreshments and bicycle maintenance. Bring a Phillips head screw driver if you have one. All volunteers receive a free Bike the Cbus t-shirt and all are invited to ride the traveling pre-ride route vetting party on Saturday, August 26th!


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Sep
1
5:00pm 5:00pm

VOLUNTEER for Bike the Cbus(Pre-registration) 2017 NIGHT BEFORE

Columbus' original city-wide ride since 2008, Bike the Cbus is a self-guided group tour highlighting our city’s unique and evolving center-ring neighborhoods. The ride features four Neighborhood Routes of varying lengths that total approximately 30 miles, of which participants can ride as many or few as they choose. More seasoned cyclists can ride Bike the CbusPLUS, a unique SAG-supported urban Metric Century Route (62 miles) through Franklin County. Along each route, there are stops hosted by local organizations who provide snacks and entertainment.

Help is needed on the Friday before the ride to sign up last-minute registrants and sign in those already registered. If you've got an iPad and/or smart phone, please bring that and your charger. Training will occur on-site. All volunteers receive a free Bike the Cbus t-shirt and all are invited to ride the traveling pre-ride route vetting party on Saturday, August 26th!


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Sep
2
5:30am 5:30am

VOLUNTEER for Bike the Cbus(Day of) 2017

Columbus' original city-wide ride since 2008, Bike the Cbus is a self-guided group tour highlighting our city’s unique and evolving center-ring neighborhoods. The ride features four Neighborhood Routes of varying lengths that total approximately 30 miles, of which participants can ride as many or few as they choose. More seasoned cyclists can ride Bike the CbusPLUS, a unique SAG-supported urban Metric Century Route (62 miles) through Franklin County. Along each route, there are stops hosted by local organizations who provide snacks and entertainment.

Help is need on the day of the ride for all kinds of tasks—and many of these positions allow you to register and ride the route as well! All volunteers receive a free Bike the Cbus t-shirt and all are invited to ride the traveling pre-ride route vetting party on Saturday, August 26th!


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Sep
9
10:00am10:00am

Year of Yay! NEW AMERICANS

Year of Yay! is a series of 12 monthly bicycle tours that are FREE for members and first-time guests. Year of Yay! is being offered in 2017 through the generous support of the Whole Foods Market at Easton, where each ride will begin and end throughout the year. First-time riders and anyone with questions: join us 15 minutes early (9:45am) to learn the rules of the road and this ride!


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Sep
10
1:30pm 1:30pm

Blessing of the Bicycles

Join us for a Blessing of the Bicycles at Summit on 16th United Methodist Church! Regardless your religious affiliation, you'll find something here to inspire you and rejuvenate your soul. Here's more about the event from our friends at the church:

Imagine you are riding a bicycle.

Where are you going?

Why are you going by bicycle?

Who is riding with you?

How does the world look to you?

We invite you to join us for an interfaith "Blessing of the Bicycles" ceremony, a celebration of our diverse cycling community and of our various experiences with bicycles.

This will be a time to reflect on the reasons folks in our community choose to bike and to talk about our view of the world from the seat of a bicycle. Remembering how biking has affected our lives and transformed our lifestyles, we will bless and encourage one another. Prayers and good thoughts will be offered for peace and safety in our streets and for respect among diverse modes of transportation.

And, through this time of blessing, we will declare that, regardless of motive, our decision to bike matters. It matters to the earth. It matters to our city. It matters to our bodies. It is a sacred decision.

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Oct
14
10:00am10:00am

Year of Yay! FIRST DATES

Year of Yay! is a series of 12 monthly bicycle tours that are FREE for members and first-time guests. Year of Yay! is being offered in 2017 through the generous support of the Whole Foods Market at Easton, where each ride will begin and end throughout the year. First-time riders and anyone with questions: join us 15 minutes early (9:45am) to learn the rules of the road and this ride!


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Oct
18
6:30pm 6:30pm

Candidates Forum

Last year's Meet the Candidates Forum with Yay Bikes!, DRAC and Franklin County Consortium for Good Government

Last year's Meet the Candidates Forum with Yay Bikes!, DRAC and Franklin County Consortium for Good Government

For the second year running we'll be joining DRAC (the Downtown Residents' Association of Columbus) and the Franklin County Consortium for Good Government for a Meet the Candidates Forum that introduces you to Columbus candidates for City Council, City Auditor and City Attorney—all people who will be determining what Columbus looks like over the next decade. Questions come from the audience, and we want lots of questions to be about how we can make Columbus bike friendlier! Venue is the Columbus Idea Foundry and snacks will be provided.

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Nov
11
10:00am10:00am

Year of Yay! BIRDING

Year of Yay! is a series of 12 monthly bicycle tours that are FREE for members and first-time guests. Year of Yay! is being offered in 2017 through the generous support of the Whole Foods Market at Easton, where each ride will begin and end throughout the year. First-time riders and anyone with questions: join us 15 minutes early (9:45am) to learn the rules of the road and this ride!


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Dec
9
10:00am10:00am

Year of Yay! THE ART OF GIVING

Year of Yay! is a series of 12 monthly bicycle tours that are FREE for members and first-time guests. Year of Yay! is being offered in 2017 through the generous support of the Whole Foods Market at Easton, where each ride will begin and end throughout the year. First-time riders and anyone with questions: join us 15 minutes early (9:45am) to learn the rules of the road and this ride!


Get in the spirit of giving by supporting local crafters and locally owned businesses. We will make a stop to Celebrate Local, which sells products from over 300 Ohio artisans, small businesses and farmers. We will have the opportunity to sample some coffee and enjoy a treat while exploring the store. Our second stop will be at The Global Mall supporting locally owned Somali businesses. The Global Mall has several shops that sell clothes, gifts, imported ceramics, electronics, groceries and more. Join us for your holiday shopping!

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Aug
23
6:00pm 6:00pm

How We Roll for members

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All Yay Bikes! members have the opportunity to join us on an educational 'How We Roll' ride. During your ride, you'll enjoy a casual ride through downtown Columbus (with several stops for conversation!) that prepares you to safely and confidently navigate traffic by bicycle. Topics include bicycle traffic law, proper lane positioning and more. See our FAQs, below, and contact Meredith with questions.

Ride FAQ

Q: Where in Goodale Park do we meet?

A: We meet at the pink dot:

Q: What happens during the rides?

A: After introductions and a brief safety chat, we head out on the road and ride for a couple of miles at a time, stopping periodically for ride leaders to check in, discuss features of the route, process incidents that occur, answer questions and critique unsafe riding habits. We ride approximately 8 miles, then return to Goodale Park, where participants can ask final questions.

Q: What if I can't make it for the whole ride?

A: If you can't stick around until the ride concludes, please refrain from signing up for this month's ride. Ride leaders will not be available to escort participants back to start, with the exception of emergency situations. There will be another ride you can join soon! 

Q: What should I bring with me?

A: Bring a helmet, a WORKING bicycle and, if it will get dark by the end of our ride, front and rear lights. Otherwise, just bring whatever will make you comfortable on the ride (e.g., phone, bottle of water, snacks, sunscreen, medication, etc.). 

Q: Will there be someone available to help me fix/adjust my bicycle? 

A: Unfortunately, no—our instructors cannot spend time making adjustments. If an instructor deems your bicycle unsafe or unrideable for ANY reason (e.g., low tire pressure, loose brakes or other parts, etc.) you will be asked to leave and re-register for a later class. 

Q: How should I dress?

A: Wear whatever weather-appropriate clothing makes you comfortable! There is no need to wear cycling-specific clothing unless you want to. Helmets, however, are REQUIRED on this ride.

Q: What happens if the weather is bad?

A: We don't roll in thunderstorms or icy conditions, but we do roll in rain and light snow. Decisions regarding cancellations will be made and communicated by email within 2 hours of your ride. If there is no notification, you may assume that the ride is still on.  

Q: What if I'm not a very strong cyclist?

A: How We Roll is paced according to the slowest rider in the group, and each ride features several stops for instruction. If you possess basic bike handling skills and can ride 8 miles within 2 hours, you should be fine. If you are concerned about your ability to complete the ride, you'll want to pay special attention to the bicycle you use. Bicycles that fit well and those that have thinner tires are easier to ride than those with a poor fit or thick, knobby tires. And inflating your tires with air can do wonders for your ease of ride! 

Q: Can I bring my kid(s)?

A: We welcome young people who are riding with parents or caregivers who are members, possess basic bike handling skills and can comfortably ride 8 miles within 2 hours. In general, we recommend age 12 and up, but use your discretion! Each child must be registered.

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Aug
20
1:00pm 1:00pm

How We Roll for members

All Yay Bikes! members have the opportunity to join us on an educational 'How We Roll' ride. During your ride, you'll enjoy a casual ride through downtown Columbus (with several stops for conversation!) that prepares you to safely and confidently navigate traffic by bicycle. Topics include bicycle traffic law, proper lane positioning and more. See our FAQs, below, and contact Meredith with questions.

Ride FAQ

Q: Where in Goodale Park do we meet?

A: We meet at the pink dot:

Q: What happens during the rides?

A: After introductions and a brief safety chat, we head out on the road and ride for a couple of miles at a time, stopping periodically for ride leaders to check in, discuss features of the route, process incidents that occur, answer questions and critique unsafe riding habits. We ride approximately 8 miles, then return to Goodale Park, where participants can ask final questions.

Q: What if I can't make it for the whole ride?

A: If you can't stick around until the ride concludes, please refrain from signing up for this month's ride. Ride leaders will not be available to escort participants back to start, with the exception of emergency situations. There will be another ride you can join soon! 

Q: What should I bring with me?

A: Bring a helmet, a WORKING bicycle and, if it will get dark by the end of our ride, front and rear lights. Otherwise, just bring whatever will make you comfortable on the ride (e.g., phone, bottle of water, snacks, sunscreen, medication, etc.). 

Q: Will there be someone available to help me fix/adjust my bicycle? 

A: Unfortunately, no—our instructors cannot spend time making adjustments. If an instructor deems your bicycle unsafe or unrideable for ANY reason (e.g., low tire pressure, loose brakes or other parts, etc.) you will be asked to leave and re-register for a later class. 

Q: How should I dress?

A: Wear whatever weather-appropriate clothing makes you comfortable! There is no need to wear cycling-specific clothing unless you want to. Helmets, however, are REQUIRED on this ride.

Q: What happens if the weather is bad?

A: We don't roll in thunderstorms or icy conditions, but we do roll in rain and light snow. Decisions regarding cancellations will be made and communicated by email within 2 hours of your ride. If there is no notification, you may assume that the ride is still on.  

Q: What if I'm not a very strong cyclist?

A: How We Roll is paced according to the slowest rider in the group, and each ride features several stops for instruction. If you possess basic bike handling skills and can ride 8 miles within 2 hours, you should be fine. If you are concerned about your ability to complete the ride, you'll want to pay special attention to the bicycle you use. Bicycles that fit well and those that have thinner tires are easier to ride than those with a poor fit or thick, knobby tires. And inflating your tires with air can do wonders for your ease of ride! 

Q: Can I bring my kid(s)?

A: We welcome young people who are riding with parents or caregivers who are members, possess basic bike handling skills and can comfortably ride 8 miles within 2 hours. In general, we recommend age 12 and up, but use your discretion! Each child must be registered.

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Aug
12
10:00am10:00am

Year of Yay! WATER

Year of Yay! is a series of 12 monthly bicycle tours that are FREE for members and first-time guests. Year of Yay! is being offered in 2017 through the generous support of the Whole Foods Market at Easton, where each ride will begin and end throughout the year. First-time riders and anyone with questions: join us 15 minutes early (9:45am) to learn the rules of the road and this ride!


This month our stop will be the Hoover Reservoir, which is managed by the City of Columbus Watershed department. The reservoir, which was created by the Hoover Dam, is used for multiple purposes: city water supply, fishing, and boating activities. We will get a short presentation from a Park Ranger about the history of this area and the many activities that it supports. We will also stop at Easton Water Fountain. August is famous for being a hot month, so bring plenty of water and prepare to have fun on this bike ride.

 

 

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Aug
3
5:00pm 5:00pm

"Pushin' Pedals" release party

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Platform Beer Co. will be launching its limited edition "Pushin' Pedals" brew, a lemon/lime shandy, sales of which benefit bicycle advocacy in Ohio. It goes on sale Aug 5 exclusively at Whole Foods, but you can snag an early taste, and party with us, at the brewery! The Meatball Mafia will be serving up pizza and subs during the event.

Catherine, our Executive Director, will be leading a ride to Whole Foods for more of this tasty brew during Tuesday Night Ride on August 8!

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Jul
28
5:30pm 5:30pm

How We Roll for members

All Yay Bikes! members have the opportunity to join us on an educational 'How We Roll' ride. During your ride, you'll enjoy a casual ride through downtown Columbus (with several stops for conversation!) that prepares you to safely and confidently navigate traffic by bicycle. Topics include bicycle traffic law, proper lane positioning and more. See our FAQs, below, and contact Meredith with questions.

Ride FAQ

Q: Where in Goodale Park do we meet?

A: We meet at the pink dot:

Q: What happens during the rides?

A: After introductions and a brief safety chat, we head out on the road and ride for a couple of miles at a time, stopping periodically for ride leaders to check in, discuss features of the route, process incidents that occur, answer questions and critique unsafe riding habits. We ride approximately 8 miles, then return to Goodale Park, where participants can ask final questions.

Q: What if I can't make it for the whole ride?

A: If you can't stick around until the ride concludes, please refrain from signing up for this month's ride. Ride leaders will not be available to escort participants back to start, with the exception of emergency situations. There will be another ride you can join soon! 

Q: What should I bring with me?

A: Bring a helmet, a WORKING bicycle and, if it will get dark by the end of our ride, front and rear lights. Otherwise, just bring whatever will make you comfortable on the ride (e.g., phone, bottle of water, snacks, sunscreen, medication, etc.). 

Q: Will there be someone available to help me fix/adjust my bicycle? 

A: Unfortunately, no—our instructors cannot spend time making adjustments. If an instructor deems your bicycle unsafe or unrideable for ANY reason (e.g., low tire pressure, loose brakes or other parts, etc.) you will be asked to leave and re-register for a later class. 

Q: How should I dress?

A: Wear whatever weather-appropriate clothing makes you comfortable! There is no need to wear cycling-specific clothing unless you want to. Helmets, however, are REQUIRED on this ride.

Q: What happens if the weather is bad?

A: We don't roll in thunderstorms or icy conditions, but we do roll in rain and light snow. Decisions regarding cancellations will be made and communicated by email within 2 hours of your ride. If there is no notification, you may assume that the ride is still on.  

Q: What if I'm not a very strong cyclist?

A: How We Roll is paced according to the slowest rider in the group, and each ride features several stops for instruction. If you possess basic bike handling skills and can ride 8 miles within 2 hours, you should be fine. If you are concerned about your ability to complete the ride, you'll want to pay special attention to the bicycle you use. Bicycles that fit well and those that have thinner tires are easier to ride than those with a poor fit or thick, knobby tires. And inflating your tires with air can do wonders for your ease of ride! 

Q: Can I bring my kid(s)?

A: We welcome young people who are riding with parents or caregivers who are members, possess basic bike handling skills and can comfortably ride 8 miles within 2 hours. In general, we recommend age 12 and up, but use your discretion! Each child must be registered.

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Jul
8
10:00am10:00am

Year of Yay! JAM & JAM

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Year of Yay! is a series of 12 monthly bicycle tours that are FREE for members and first-time guests. Year of Yay! is being offered in 2017 through the generous support of the Whole Foods Market at Easton, where each ride will begin and end throughout the year. First-time riders and anyone with questions: join us 15 minutes early (9:45am) to learn the rules of the road and this ride!


Join the Year of Yay as we explore a farmers market that feature Jam & Jam—that is, jars of preserved fruit and live music! 

We will be visiting the Worthington Farmers Market in Old Worthington, which is open Saturdays from 8am-12pm year-round and moves indoors to The Shops at Worthington Place from November through April (FYI, they open at 9am during the winter). Tweet your favorite market photo to @WorthingtonFM!

What to bring: Cash (though the market offers a debit/token system if you forget!), plenty of water (it's likely to be hot this time of year!), and your love of local food & music! 

Here's our route!

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Jun
30
5:30pm 5:30pm

How We Roll for members

All Yay Bikes! members have the opportunity to join us on an educational 'How We Roll' ride. During your ride, you'll enjoy a casual ride through downtown Columbus (with several stops for conversation!) that prepares you to safely and confidently navigate traffic by bicycle. Topics include bicycle traffic law, proper lane positioning and more. See our FAQs, below, and contact Meredith with questions.

Ride FAQ

Q: Where in Goodale Park do we meet?

A: We meet at the pink dot:

Q: What happens during the rides?

A: After introductions and a brief safety chat, we head out on the road and ride for a couple of miles at a time, stopping periodically for ride leaders to check in, discuss features of the route, process incidents that occur, answer questions and critique unsafe riding habits. We ride approximately 8 miles, then return to Goodale Park, where participants can ask final questions.

Q: What if I can't make it for the whole ride?

A: If you can't stick around until the ride concludes, please refrain from signing up for this month's ride. Ride leaders will not be available to escort participants back to start, with the exception of emergency situations. There will be another ride you can join soon! 

Q: What should I bring with me?

A: Bring a helmet, a WORKING bicycle and, if it will get dark by the end of our ride, front and rear lights. Otherwise, just bring whatever will make you comfortable on the ride (e.g., phone, bottle of water, snacks, sunscreen, medication, etc.). 

Q: Will there be someone available to help me fix/adjust my bicycle? 

A: Unfortunately, no—our instructors cannot spend time making adjustments. If an instructor deems your bicycle unsafe or unrideable for ANY reason (e.g., low tire pressure, loose brakes or other parts, etc.) you will be asked to leave and re-register for a later class. 

Q: How should I dress?

A: Wear whatever weather-appropriate clothing makes you comfortable! There is no need to wear cycling-specific clothing unless you want to. Helmets, however, are REQUIRED on this ride.

Q: What happens if the weather is bad?

A: We don't roll in thunderstorms or icy conditions, but we do roll in rain and light snow. Decisions regarding cancellations will be made and communicated by email within 2 hours of your ride. If there is no notification, you may assume that the ride is still on.  

Q: What if I'm not a very strong cyclist?

A: How We Roll is paced according to the slowest rider in the group, and each ride features several stops for instruction. If you possess basic bike handling skills and can ride 8 miles within 2 hours, you should be fine. If you are concerned about your ability to complete the ride, you'll want to pay special attention to the bicycle you use. Bicycles that fit well and those that have thinner tires are easier to ride than those with a poor fit or thick, knobby tires. And inflating your tires with air can do wonders for your ease of ride! 

Q: Can I bring my kid(s)?

A: We welcome young people who are riding with parents or caregivers who are members, possess basic bike handling skills and can comfortably ride 8 miles within 2 hours. In general, we recommend age 12 and up, but use your discretion! Each child must be registered.

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Jun
10
10:00am10:00am

Year of Yay! CANDY

Year of Yay! is a series of 12 monthly bicycle tours that are FREE for members and first-time guests. Year of Yay! is being offered in 2017 through the generous support of the Whole Foods Market at Easton, where each ride will begin and end throughout the year. First-time riders and anyone with questions: join us 15 minutes early (9:45am) to learn the rules of the road and this ride!


This month we'll be hitting up Rocket Fizz Soda Pop & Candy Shop, Schmidt's Fudge Haus and Clown Cone & Confections. Free samples at each! Mmmmmm.......!!!!!!

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May
26
5:30pm 5:30pm

How We Roll for members

All Yay Bikes! members now have the opportunity to join us on an educational 'How We Roll' ride. During your ride, you'll enjoy a casual ride through downtown Columbus (with several stops for conversation!) that prepares you to safely and confidently navigate traffic by bicycle. Topics include bicycle traffic law, proper lane positioning and more. See our FAQs, below, and contact Meredith with questions.

Ride FAQ

Q: Where in Goodale Park do we meet?

A: We meet at the pink dot:

Q: What happens during the rides?

A: After introductions and a brief safety chat, we head out on the road and ride for a couple of miles at a time, stopping periodically for ride leaders to check in, discuss features of the route, process incidents that occur, answer questions and critique unsafe riding habits. We ride approximately 8 miles, then return to Goodale Park, where participants can ask final questions.

Q: What if I can't make it for the whole ride?

A: If you can't stick around until the ride concludes, please refrain from signing up for this month's ride. Ride leaders will not be available to escort participants back to start, with the exception of emergency situations. There will be another ride you can join soon! 

Q: What should I bring with me?

A: Bring a helmet, a WORKING bicycle and, if it will get dark by the end of our ride, front and rear lights. Otherwise, just bring whatever will make you comfortable on the ride (e.g., phone, bottle of water, snacks, sunscreen, medication, etc.). 

Q: Will there be someone available to help me fix/adjust my bicycle? 

A: Unfortunately, no—our instructors cannot spend time making adjustments. If an instructor deems your bicycle unsafe or unrideable for ANY reason (e.g., low tire pressure, loose brakes or other parts, etc.) you will be asked to leave and re-register for a later class. 

Q: How should I dress?

A: Wear whatever weather-appropriate clothing makes you comfortable! There is no need to wear cycling-specific clothing unless you want to. Helmets, however, are REQUIRED on this ride.

Q: What happens if the weather is bad?

A: We don't roll in thunderstorms or icy conditions, but we do roll in rain and light snow. Decisions regarding cancellations will be made and communicated by email within 2 hours of your ride. If there is no notification, you may assume that the ride is still on.  

Q: What if I'm not a very strong cyclist?

A: How We Roll is paced according to the slowest rider in the group, and each ride features several stops for instruction. If you possess basic bike handling skills and can ride 8 miles within 2 hours, you should be fine. If you are concerned about your ability to complete the ride, you'll want to pay special attention to the bicycle you use. Bicycles that fit well and those that have thinner tires are easier to ride than those with a poor fit or thick, knobby tires. And inflating your tires with air can do wonders for your ease of ride! 

Q: Can I bring my kid(s)?

A: We welcome young people who are riding with parents or caregivers who are members, possess basic bike handling skills and can comfortably ride 8 miles within 2 hours. In general, we recommend age 12 and up, but use your discretion! Each child must be registered.

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May
21
1:30pm 1:30pm

How We Roll for members

All Yay Bikes! members now have the opportunity to join us on an educational 'How We Roll' ride. During your ride, you'll enjoy a casual ride through downtown Columbus (with several stops for conversation!) that prepares you to safely and confidently navigate traffic by bicycle. Topics include bicycle traffic law, proper lane positioning and more. See our FAQs, below, and contact Meredith with questions.

Ride FAQ

Q: Where in Goodale Park do we meet?

A: We meet at the pink dot:

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Q: What happens during the rides?

A: After introductions and a brief safety chat, we head out on the road and ride for a couple of miles at a time, stopping periodically for ride leaders to check in, discuss features of the route, process incidents that occur, answer questions and critique unsafe riding habits. We ride approximately 8 miles, then return to Goodale Park, where participants can ask final questions.

Q: What if I can't make it for the whole ride?

A: If you can't stick around until the ride concludes, please refrain from signing up for this month's ride. Ride leaders will not be available to escort participants back to start, with the exception of emergency situations. There will be another ride you can join soon! 

Q: What should I bring with me?

A: Bring a helmet, a WORKING bicycle and, if it will get dark by the end of our ride, front and rear lights. Otherwise, just bring whatever will make you comfortable on the ride (e.g., phone, bottle of water, snacks, sunscreen, medication, etc.). 

Q: Will there be someone available to help me fix/adjust my bicycle? 

A: Unfortunately, no—our instructors cannot spend time making adjustments. If an instructor deems your bicycle unsafe or unrideable for ANY reason (e.g., low tire pressure, loose brakes or other parts, etc.) you will be asked to leave and re-register for a later class. 

Q: How should I dress?

A: Wear whatever weather-appropriate clothing makes you comfortable! There is no need to wear cycling-specific clothing unless you want to. Helmets, however, are REQUIRED on this ride.

Q: What happens if the weather is bad?

A: We don't roll in thunderstorms or icy conditions, but we do roll in rain and light snow. Decisions regarding cancellations will be made and communicated by email within 2 hours of your ride. If there is no notification, you may assume that the ride is still on.  

Q: What if I'm not a very strong cyclist?

A: How We Roll is paced according to the slowest rider in the group, and each ride features several stops for instruction. If you possess basic bike handling skills and can ride 8 miles within 2 hours, you should be fine. If you are concerned about your ability to complete the ride, you'll want to pay special attention to the bicycle you use. Bicycles that fit well and those that have thinner tires are easier to ride than those with a poor fit or thick, knobby tires. And inflating your tires with air can do wonders for your ease of ride! 

Q: Can I bring my kid(s)?

A: We welcome young people who are riding with parents or caregivers who are members, possess basic bike handling skills and can comfortably ride 8 miles within 2 hours. In general, we recommend age 12 and up, but use your discretion! Each child must be registered.

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May
17
6:30pm 6:30pm

Central Ohio Ride of Silence

Join cyclists worldwide in a silent, slow-paced processional (8 mph) in honor of those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways.

We will gather from 5:30–6:30p to prepare for the ride. A brief presentation will begin at approximately 6:30p. At 7p, the Ride of Silence will begin. Following the ride, we welcome you to stay and visit with one another.

Learn more about the Ride of Silence.

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May
16
5:30pm 5:30pm

Ride the Elevator 2017

A rockin' good time was had last year! 

A rockin' good time was had last year! 

Join us for the 7th Annual Ride the Elevator fundraiser, sponsored by Elevator Brewery in support of Yay Bikes! and Franklinton Cycle Works.

The evening kicks off with a FREE ride from Goodale Park to Franklinton Cycle Works (FCW) and then the Elevator Brewery 13th Floor Taproom. We'll begin gathering at the park at 5:30pm, and leave at 6pm. Running late? Feel free to join us mid-ride at FCW (around 6:30). From there we'll converge on Elevator Brewery. Entrance here will be $10, which gets you a beer to pose with for our annual "mass cheers" photo at beer:30 (7:30pm). Then Dick will open the taproom and we can all hang out! 

Enjoy the video about the ride below, and email Ray with questions!

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May
13
10:00am10:00am

Year of Yay! APRIL SHOWERS, MAY FLOWERS

Year of Yay! is a series of 12 monthly bicycle tours that are FREE for members and first-time guests. Year of Yay! is being offered in 2017 through the generous support of the Whole Foods Market at Easton, where each ride will begin and end throughout the year. First-time riders and anyone with questions: join us 15 minutes early (9:45am) to learn the rules of the road and this ride!


On this ride we'll be stopping at Flowers and Bread and Oberer's Flowers at Easton. Check out our draft route and...

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Apr
28
5:30pm 5:30pm

How We Roll for members

All Yay Bikes! members now have the opportunity to join us on an educational 'How We Roll' ride. During your ride, you'll enjoy a casual ride through downtown Columbus (with several stops for conversation!) that prepares you to safely and confidently navigate traffic by bicycle. Topics include bicycle traffic law, proper lane positioning and more. See our FAQs, below, and contact Meredith with questions.

Ride FAQ

Q: Where in Goodale Park do we meet?

A: We meet at the pink dot:

Q: What happens during the rides?

A: After introductions and a brief safety chat, we head out on the road and ride for a couple of miles at a time, stopping periodically for ride leaders to check in, discuss features of the route, process incidents that occur, answer questions and critique unsafe riding habits. We ride approximately 8 miles, then return to Goodale Park, where participants can ask final questions.

Q: What if I can't make it for the whole ride?

A: If you can't stick around until the ride concludes, please refrain from signing up for this month's ride. Ride leaders will not be available to escort participants back to start, with the exception of emergency situations. There will be another ride you can join soon! 

Q: What should I bring with me?

A: Bring a helmet, a WORKING bicycle and, if it will get dark by the end of our ride, front and rear lights. Otherwise, just bring whatever will make you comfortable on the ride (e.g., phone, bottle of water, snacks, sunscreen, medication, etc.). 

Q: Will there be someone available to help me fix/adjust my bicycle? 

A: Unfortunately, no—our instructors cannot spend time making adjustments. If an instructor deems your bicycle unsafe or unrideable for ANY reason (e.g., low tire pressure, loose brakes or other parts, etc.) you will be asked to leave and re-register for a later class. 

Q: How should I dress?

A: Wear whatever weather-appropriate clothing makes you comfortable! There is no need to wear cycling-specific clothing unless you want to. Helmets, however, are REQUIRED on this ride.

Q: What happens if the weather is bad?

A: We don't roll in thunderstorms or icy conditions, but we do roll in rain and light snow. Decisions regarding cancellations will be made and communicated by email within 2 hours of your ride. If there is no notification, you may assume that the ride is still on.  

Q: What if I'm not a very strong cyclist?

A: How We Roll is paced according to the slowest rider in the group, and each ride features several stops for instruction. If you possess basic bike handling skills and can ride 8 miles within 2 hours, you should be fine. If you are concerned about your ability to complete the ride, you'll want to pay special attention to the bicycle you use. Bicycles that fit well and those that have thinner tires are easier to ride than those with a poor fit or thick, knobby tires. And inflating your tires with air can do wonders for your ease of ride! 

Q: Can I bring my kid(s)?

A: We welcome young people who are riding with parents or caregivers who are members, possess basic bike handling skills and can comfortably ride 8 miles within 2 hours. In general, we recommend age 12 and up, but use your discretion! Each child must be registered.

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Apr
22
1:00pm 1:00pm

Yay Valet! @ Columbus Earth Day Celebration

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Ride to enjoy Columbus' Earth Day festivities this year on the Columbus Commons! You can find us on the Southeast corner of the South Lawn (just east of the carousel). Here's some info on how to park with us. Then, while you're there you can give a big fat smooch to the Earth by helping us park bikes! Yay Bikes!/Yay Earth! 

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Apr
8
10:00am10:00am

Year of Yay! HEALTHY EARTH

Year of Yay! is a series of 12 monthly bicycle tours that are FREE for members and first-time guests. Year of Yay! is being offered in 2017 through the generous support of the Whole Foods Market at Easton, where each ride will begin and end throughout the year. First-time riders and anyone with questions: join us 15 minutes early (9:45am) to learn the rules of the road and this ride!


“He who plants a tree, plants a hope.”—From the poem "Plant a Tree", by Lucy Larcom

This month we'll be celebrating a Healthy Earth by helping our friends at FLOW (Friends of Lower Olentangy Watershed) plant 2,100 trees along the banks of the Olentangy River at the OSU Fawcett Center! At this one and only stop we will learn the important role trees play in river health and viability, and will have an opportunity to plant a few trees while we are there (don’t worry, the trees are small).  

FLOW is a non-profit organization that has been working to improve water quality in the lower Olentangy River watershed since August 1997. Their mission is “to keep the Olentangy River and its tributaries clean and safe for all to enjoy, through public education, volunteer activities, and coordination with local decision-makers.” Throughout the year, you can find FLOW volunteers busy planting trees, removing invasive species and cleaning up garbage that would otherwise end up in the river.

Our route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19897103

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