Jun
21
12:00 PM12:00

How We Roll For Yay Bikes! Members

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How We Roll

For Yay Bikes! Members

Yay Bikes! is pleased to provide our premier on-road bicycling education! During a How We Roll course, groups of up to 5 cyclists enjoy a casual ride through downtown Columbus that prepares them to safely and confidently navigate urban streets. Topics include bicycle traffic law, proper lane positioning and Q&A on any additional topic of interest. This month we will be leaving the Grange Audubon Center next to the CoGo Station in the parking lot.

Please read the FAQs below for our policies regarding registration, cancellation, inclement weather, etc. Then contact Heidi with additional questions!

FAQs

Q: Where do we meet?

A: The Grange Audubon Center 505 W Whittier Columbus Ohio 43215 next to CoGo Station.

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 the start, 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 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. And good quality gloves are highly recommended.

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! Please do make sure your kids are registered separately.

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Jun
22
10:00 AM10:00

Yay Valet! @ Linden Community Festival & Expo

Ride your bike over to the The Linden Community Festival & Expo and park it for free with us! We will be located near the tennis courts off of Joyce Ave at Maloney Park. The Tour de Linden Neighborhood Roll will start at New Salem Baptist Church and end at our Yay Valet. Ride on over to Maloney Park for a unique celebration of faith, fitness, and community fellowship. Enjoy fun-filled activities for families, friends, and neighbors of all ages

If your so inclined volunteer with us! Sign-up below.

What's a bicycle valet? Imagine a coat check for bicycles, wherein you are one of the friendly coat-room attendants (only sweatier). You'll be doing one of three things: 

  1. Checking bikes—people will arrive with a bike, you will give them a clipboard with a ticket on it asking for a few pieces of information, you will tear off the bottom of the ticket and give it to them (that is their claim check), attach the top part to the handlebars, and park their bike in the spot the ticket indicates.

  2. Returning bikes—people will arrive with a claim check, you will take that and match it to a bike, then return the bike to them.

  3. Setting up / Tearing down—a heavy-lifting gig in which you load and unload the van and set up and tear down the corral

Want more information about our bicycle valet? Here ya go!

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Jul
11
5:30 PM17:30

How We Roll For Yay Bikes! Members

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How We Roll

For Yay Bikes! Members

Yay Bikes! is pleased to provide our premier on-road bicycling education! During a How We Roll course, groups of up to 5 cyclists enjoy a casual ride through downtown Columbus that prepares them to safely and confidently navigate urban streets. Topics include bicycle traffic law, proper lane positioning and Q&A on any additional topic of interest. This month we will be leaving the Grange Audubon Center next to the CoGo Station in the parking lot.

Please read the FAQs below for our policies regarding registration, cancellation, inclement weather, etc. Then contact Heidi with additional questions!

FAQs

Q: Where do we meet?

A: The Grange Audubon Center 505 W Whittier Columbus Ohio 43215 next to CoGo Station.

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 the start, 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 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. And good quality gloves are highly recommended.

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! Please do make sure your kids are registered separately.

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Jul
13
10:00 AM10:00

Year of Yay! July

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Details coming soon.

Year of Yay! is a series of 12 monthly bicycle tours showcasing various businesses, organizations, sites and parts of town around a different theme each month. Kicking off at Lucky's Market at 10am every second Saturday, this casual no-drop ride is approximately 20 miles but rolls at a conversational pace and accommodates most riders. Rides are free for Yay Bikes! members and our first-time guests. Join today and check out some additional ride FAQs!

Register for this ride!

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Aug
10
9:00 AM09:00

Yay Valet! @ Grove City EcoFest

We're returning for one of our favorite annual events—Grove City EcoFest, now in downtown Grove City! Visit their site for where we'll be located, and all the many vendors and exhibits you can explore. Be sure to arrive early for the Bike the Mayor Ike! 

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Aug
10
10:00 AM10:00

Year of Yay! August

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Details coming soon.

Year of Yay! is a series of 12 monthly bicycle tours showcasing various businesses, organizations, sites and parts of town around a different theme each month. Kicking off at Lucky's Market at 10am every second Saturday, this casual no-drop ride is approximately 20 miles but rolls at a conversational pace and accommodates most riders. Rides are free for Yay Bikes! members and our first-time guests. Join today and check out some additional ride FAQs!

Register for this ride!

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Aug
31
7:00 AM07:00

Bike the Cbus and Bike the CbusPLUS

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Bike the Cbus is a bicycle tour, for all ages and abilities, highlighting our city’s many attractions and unique neighborhoods. Experience the energy and excitement of Columbus while supporting Yay Bikes! mission to influence the conditions that help people safely and comfortably ride bicycles for transportation.   Learn more and get your tickets!

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Sep
14
10:00 AM10:00

Year of Yay! September

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Details coming soon.

Year of Yay! is a series of 12 monthly bicycle tours showcasing various businesses, organizations, sites and parts of town around a different theme each month. Kicking off at Lucky's Market at 10am every second Saturday, this casual no-drop ride is approximately 20 miles but rolls at a conversational pace and accommodates most riders. Rides are free for Yay Bikes! members and our first-time guests. Join today and check out some additional ride FAQs!

Register for this ride!

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Oct
12
10:00 AM10:00

Year of Yay! October

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Details coming soon.

Year of Yay! is a series of 12 monthly bicycle tours showcasing various businesses, organizations, sites and parts of town around a different theme each month. Kicking off at Lucky's Market at 10am every second Saturday, this casual no-drop ride is approximately 20 miles but rolls at a conversational pace and accommodates most riders. Rides are free for Yay Bikes! members and our first-time guests. Join today and check out some additional ride FAQs!

Register for this ride!

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Nov
9
10:00 AM10:00

Year of Yay! November

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Details coming soon.

Year of Yay! is a series of 12 monthly bicycle tours showcasing various businesses, organizations, sites and parts of town around a different theme each month. Kicking off at Lucky's Market at 10am every second Saturday, this casual no-drop ride is approximately 20 miles but rolls at a conversational pace and accommodates most riders. Rides are free for Yay Bikes! members and our first-time guests. Join today and check out some additional ride FAQs!

Register for this ride!

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Dec
14
10:00 AM10:00

Year of Yay! December

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Details coming soon.

Year of Yay! is a series of 12 monthly bicycle tours showcasing various businesses, organizations, sites and parts of town around a different theme each month. Kicking off at Lucky's Market at 10am every second Saturday, this casual no-drop ride is approximately 20 miles but rolls at a conversational pace and accommodates most riders. Rides are free for Yay Bikes! members and our first-time guests. Join today and check out some additional ride FAQs!

Register for this ride!

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Jun
14
to Jun 15

Yay Valet! @ Pride Fest

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Enjoy free secure bicycle parking while at the Pride Fest! Check your bike. Leave your bike. Its just that simple! There is NO better way to secure your bike worry free! We will be in front of the Smart Columbus Experience Center 170 S Civic Center Dr, Columbus, OH 43215 on Friday from 4-8pm and Saturday from 2-8pm.

 Here's how to park with us.

And, if you're so inclined... Volunteer with us!

Volunteer Friday

Volunteer Saturday

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Jun
8
11:00 AM11:00

Yay Valet! @ Buckeye Country Fest (OSU Stadium)

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Enjoy free secure bicycle parking while you enjoy the Buckeye Country Superfest! Check your bike. Leave your bike. Its just that simple! There is NO better way to get to the show. We're just steps from the Shoe, at Woody Hayes Dr and the bike path! Here's how to park with us. And, if you're so inclined...

Volunteer for a shift coming soon.

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Jun
8
10:00 AM10:00

Year of Yay! June

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Join us for the last ride before the Dog Days of Summer! We’ll get on the roads and explore animal rescue efforts in Columbus. A popular ride in the past, back with new stops.

Year of Yay! is a series of 12 monthly bicycle tours showcasing various businesses, organizations, sites and parts of town around a different theme each month. Kicking off at Lucky's Market at 10am every second Saturday, this casual no-drop ride is approximately 20 miles but rolls at a conversational pace and accommodates most riders. Rides are free for Yay Bikes! members and our first-time guests. Join today and check out some additional ride FAQs!

Register for this ride!

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May
23
5:30 PM17:30

Yay Members! Appreciation Night

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Yay Bikes Members!  Find out what we have been up to and what we have planned for the coming year at our annual Member Appreciation Event. RSVP so we can prepare to visit, learn, and eat, drink and be merry! Thank you for your support of peaceful streets that all can enjoy!


Not yet a member or need to renew?  

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Bike to Work Day 2019
May
17
7:15 AM07:15

Bike to Work Day 2019

It is once again time to join hundreds of riders throughout Columbus to celebrate Bike Month by biking to work! Yay Bikes! will be leading a ride from Goodale Park to Columbus City Hall. Meet at the corner of Goodale and Park Streets. The ride will depart at 7:30AM; this ride will be on-street. The ride will end at Columbus City Hall at 8:00AM, where brekfast will be available and brief announcements will be made.

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May
15
6:30 PM18:30

Central Ohio Ride of Silence

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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 at the steps of Columbus City Hall 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, please join us at North High Brewing 1288 N High St, Columbus, OH 43201. Proceeds will benefit Yay Bikes and help bring awareness to motorists and bike safety.

Learn more about the Ride of Silence.

 

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CoGo Bike Share Kick-Off: Upper Arlington
May
14
10:00 AM10:00

CoGo Bike Share Kick-Off: Upper Arlington

Come celebrate the recent CoGo Bike Share Upper Arlington expansion at a Kick-Off event.

You're invited! CoGo riders, biking advocates, supporters, the general public, anyone looking to help us celebrate. Come one, come all.

Mix and mingle while enjoying some brunch at La Chatelaine. A ribbon cutting ceremony with remarks from CoGo and Upper Arlington representatives will then take place, followed by a CoGo group bike ride led by Yay Bikes!. Grab some CoGo swag, free day passes, and try out a bike on the group ride.

So save the date, we can't wait to see you there! #BikeToUpperArlington #CoGoBikeShare

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CoGo Bike Share Kick-Off: Bexley
May
13
5:00 PM17:00

CoGo Bike Share Kick-Off: Bexley

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Come celebrate the recent CoGo Bike Share Bexley expansion at a Kick-Off event.

You're invited! CoGo riders, biking advocates, supporters, the general public, anyone looking to help us celebrate. Come one, come all.

Mix and mingle while enjoying some food and drinks at the Market District Kitchen & Bar, YOUR FIRST DRINK IS ON US! A ribbon cutting ceremony with remarks from CoGo and Bexley representatives will then take place, followed by a CoGo group bike ride led by Yay Bikes!. Grab some CoGo swag, free day passes, and try out a bike on the group ride.

So save the date, we can't wait to see you there!
#BikeToBexley #CoGoBikeShare

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May
11
10:00 AM10:00

Year of Yay! May

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This is a highly informative ride about food rescue and composting! The ride will include a visit to the Crest on Indianola, where they will give us an overview of everything they have going on regarding food waste including a drop off household food waste/compost subscription service provided by GoZERO. In coordination with Food Rescue US, we will pick up food to be rescued at the Clintonville Farmers Marketand take it to Saint Sophia’s as a donation. In between stops we will ride by a community garden and find out about their garden compost drop off program.  Kyle O’Keefe from SWACO and other Central Ohio Food Waste Initiative  (COFWI) partners will be on the ride to share what’s happening with the COFWI Food Waste Action Plan.


Year of Yay! is a series of 12 monthly bicycle tours showcasing various businesses, organizations, sites and parts of town around a different theme each month. Kicking off at Lucky's Market at 10am every second Saturday, this casual no-drop ride is approximately 20 miles but rolls at a conversational pace and accommodates most riders. Rides are free for Yay Bikes! members and our first-time guests. Join today and check out some additional ride FAQs!

Register for this ride!

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Yay Bikes! Fundraiser
May
9
5:30 PM17:30

Yay Bikes! Fundraiser

We are so excited to bring together a panel of professionals working to create more bike friendly communities! Join:


- Letty Schamp, Deputy City Engineer, City of Hilliard
- Rachel Dorothy, City Council Member, City of Worthington
- Cait Harley, Ohio Bicycle Coordinator of ODOT's Active Transportation Plan
- Tobi Otulana, soon to be graduate in City and Regional Planning from The Ohio State University 

This panel represents leaders at different points in their careers, with different expertise, and each with a different perspective about why investing in transportation biking is important to our communities and how to do it well.

The panel will be moderated by Catherine Girves Executive Director of Yay Bikes! who will ask questions like:


What does your current personal bike life look like?
What is happening in your work life with transportation biking?
If you were Queen of the world and had all the time and financial resource you needed, what would you make happen for biking in the jurisdictions you have control over?
What solution do you wish someone would come up with to improve transportation biking?

Space is limited to 40 people, so you'll want to register early by making a minimum donation of $100 register here; or becoming a sustaining member of Yay Bikes! here, at at least $10/month mention “fundraiser 2019” in comments to register.

All donations to this event will be doubled by a Yay Bikes! donor who will match all donations made by attendees.

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May
8
11:00 AM11:00

Bike Parade and Great American Rail-Trail Event

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Yay Bikes! is leading a bike parade! to the Great American Rail-Trail! event!

We’ll leave from East Bank Park on the Scioto Mile in Downtown Columbus at 11am to take a 7 mile bike ride and arrive at Wilson Road Park at noon in time for the afternoon’s festivities! More informaiton on the afternoon here.

There are several other points you can join the parade along the way:

11:10 am at North Bank Park

11:20 am at the Boat House

11:45 am Holton Park

11:50 am Westmoor Park

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Ride the Spaceship
May
6
6:30 PM18:30

Ride the Spaceship

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Is the Spaceship#6 in here?

Let's kickoff Bike Month, celebrate space travel and drink some Spaceship#6 at Ride the Spaceship 2019.

Join us at “Ground Control” at the Park of Roses Shelter House at 1815 hours with a planned green light from Mission Control to begin countdown at 1830 hours. We will travel through the center of the Clintonville Cosmos and re-enter the atmosphere as we descend Walhalla and proceed to splash land at Lineage Brewing. For a longer trajectory join up at our second launch pad at Goodale Park where Astronauts working downtown will meet at 1730 hours and blast off at 1800 hours. Costumes and bikes decorated as spaceships or rockets will be entered in contest to win fun prizes provided by Major Tom himself. Miss both launches? Join us at 7pm at Lineage Brewing ( 2791 N high St). The ride is FREE and $10 entry will get you a beer and donation to Yay Bikes!, plus one raffle ticket. Additional raffle tickets will be available for $5.

Learn more about this space event at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercury-Redstone_3

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Cycle De Mayo
May
5
1:00 PM13:00

Cycle De Mayo

May is National Bike Month and the City of Dublin is kicking it off with Cycle de Mayo; a celebration at the Dublin Community Recreation Center. Yay Bikes! will be there to discuss safe, equitable, and comfortable bike use. Come ride through Dublin, grab a juice, stop for ice cream, and enjoy the local businesses. Learn more here.

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30 Days of Biking Wrap-up Party
May
2
5:00 PM17:00

30 Days of Biking Wrap-up Party

Join fellow #30daysofbiking participants in celebration of your month long commitment to ride your bike every day in April! Meet new people and share how your 30 Days of Biking journey went.

Sip on some sponsored beer and coffee from Great Lakes Brewing and Brioso, chow down of some good food, take home some free swag, and WIN A RAFFLE PRIZE.

Increase your chances of winning a raffle prize by posting your journey on social media with #cbus30daysofbiking and #30daysofbiking. The more you post, the more times your name will be entered into the drawing! -- Be sure to add your social media handles to your pledge on 30daysofbiking.com so we can see your posts.

Raffle prizes will include: CoGo Annual Membership, Yay Bikes! Bike the Cbus Tickets, Paradise Garage tune-up, and more.

Thank you for taking the #cbus30daysofbiking pledge. YOU ARE AMAZING!

Thank you to our partners: CoGo Bike Share Yay Bikes! Revolution Cycles Paradise Garage Roll: Bicycle Co City of Grandview Heights, Ohio City of Bexley, Ohio Smart Columbus Great Lakes Brewing Company The City of Upper Arlington Pelotonia City of Columbus - City Hall Brioso Coffee COTA Lyft 30 Days of Biking

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How We Roll: 30 Days of Biking Evening Ride
Apr
22
5:30 PM17:30

How We Roll: 30 Days of Biking Evening Ride

Let’s ride bikes! We’ll begin gathering at 5:15, have a brief conversation at 5:30 and roll by 5:40p on a fun social ride exploring the south side of town and stopping for dinner/snack/beverage at a local establishment. Concerned you might be too slow? No worries, this ride will travel the pace of the slowest rider. Don’t have a bike? No worries, CoGo bikes are available for you to rent at this location. Whether you have made the 30 Days of Biking pledge or not, we want to ride with you!

Advanced registration is not required, but helpful. Helmets are required on all Yay Bikes! rides, but we are happy to bring one for you to borrow if you let us know you need one at registration. If you are riding your own bike be sure to bring lights and a bike lock.

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Apr
20
12:00 PM12:00

Yay Valet! @ Earth Day Columbus

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We will be at Genoa Park from 12 to 8pm rain or shine on the North end of the festival near Broad St and Washington. Our bike corral is like a coat check, but for bicycles. Enjoy free secure bicycle parking while you have a good time at the festival! Check your bike. Leave your bike. Its just that simple!

Earth Day Columbus is a week of citizen action taking place across Central Ohio during which thousands of everyday people will pitch in to make our city a little greener! From planting trees to cleaning up litter to beautifying parks, there are dozens of opportunities to organize or join in an Earth Day Service Site. Choose how to take part!

Register for a shift:

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Apr
19
12:00 PM12:00

How We Roll For Yay Bikes! Members

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How We Roll

For Yay Bikes! Members

Yay Bikes! is pleased to provide our premier on-road bicycling education! During a How We Roll course, groups of up to 5 cyclists enjoy a casual ride through downtown Columbus that prepares them to safely and confidently navigate urban streets. Topics include bicycle traffic law, proper lane positioning and Q&A on any additional topic of interest. This month we will be leaving the Grange Audubon Center next to the CoGo Station in the parking lot.

Please read the FAQs below for our policies regarding registration, cancellation, inclement weather, etc. Then contact Heidi with additional questions!


FAQs

Q: Where do we meet?

A: The Grange Audubon Center 505 W Whittier Columbus Ohio 43215 next to CoGo Station.

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 the start, 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 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. And good quality gloves are highly recommended.

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! Please do make sure your kids are registered separately.


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Apr
13
10:00 AM10:00

Year of Yay! April with 30 Days of Biking

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Just in time for Earth Day! Come ride with us and go green! On this ride we will learn about community gardening, biking’s impact on the environment, and what Smart Columbus is all about.

Year of Yay! is a series of 12 monthly bicycle tours showcasing various businesses, organizations, sites and parts of town around a different theme each month. Kicking off at Lucky's Market at 10am every second Saturday, this casual no-drop ride is approximately 20 miles but rolls at a conversational pace and accommodates most riders. Rides are free for Yay Bikes! members and our first-time guests. Join today and check out some additional ride FAQs!

Register for this ride!



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Apr
13
8:00 AM08:00

Yay Valet! @ OSU Spring Football Game

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Game time 1:45pm (lacrosse game 11am), valet will open @ 10am. As always, we close 30 minutes post-game.

There is NO better way to get to the OSU Spring Game. We're just steps from Shoe, at Woody Hayes Dr and the bike path! Here's how to park with us. And, if you're so inclined...

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How We Roll 30 Days of Biking Morning Ride
Apr
5
7:45 AM07:45

How We Roll 30 Days of Biking Morning Ride

Celebrate 30 Days of Biking with a morning Bike Ride Downtown

Location - Cleo Dumaree Athletic Complex, 276 S Nelson Rd, Columbus, OH 43205

Description - Ever thought about biking to work downtown but it seems too far from your home, or too scarey to try alone, or you just haven’t figured out how to do it yet? Join us on this fun educational ride! Gather at the Park and Pedal location at Cleo Dumaree Recreation Center right next to Bexley at 7:45a. Feel free to drive (parking is FREE) and bring a bike, or we can provide a CoGo bike if you request one at registration.

We will ride into downtown together, and enjoy a coffee or snack at Cafe Brioso! Concerned you might be too slow? No worries, this ride will travel the pace of the slowest rider. Whether you have made the 30 Days of Biking pledge or not, we want to ride with you!

Advanced REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Helmets are required on all Yay Bikes! rides, but we are happy to bring one for you to borrow if you let us know you need one at registration.

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Filmed by Bike Movie Event!
Mar
31
12:30 PM12:30

Filmed by Bike Movie Event!

Join us on March 31st as Yay Bikes! celebrates ten years of service to our community with a one of a kind film festival sponsored by Johnny Velo Bikes.

This is one of the most diverse collections of short bike movies we’ve ever seen. Act one is all about Bike Love from the perspective of mountain bikers, road riders, charity riders, transportation riders, racers, slow riders, trick riders, and more! Here’s a short preview:

Act two is all about Bike Adventure. The places these folks ride, wow, just, wow.

Seriously, these two sets of short films has something for every type of rider and the people who love them.

Join us to celebrate biking and the 10th birthday of Yay Bikes! Beyond these great films, come to connect with old friends and make new ones, and hear about what we are planning in the coming years and how you can get involved!

Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Doors open at 12:30 and a chance to check out silent auction items. The first set of films begin at 1p and run about an hour. Intermission will include updates on biking in Central Ohio, raffle prizes. The second set of films run under an hour and are followed by BIRTHDAY CAKE! Join in on the fun and support local bike advocacy while you’re at it!

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Volunteer@ Filmed By Bike movie event
Mar
31
12:00 PM12:00

Volunteer@ Filmed By Bike movie event

Help Yay Bikes! celebrate 10 years of service to the bike community, by helping movie participants find safe and convenient bike parking! Also, help with set up/decorating and tear down at the event! Register for a shift to help everyone take part in the celebration.

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Mar
22
12:00 PM12:00

How We Roll For Yay Bikes! Members

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How We Roll

For Yay Bikes! Members

Yay Bikes! is pleased to provide our premier on-road bicycling education! During a How We Roll course, groups of up to 5 cyclists enjoy a casual ride through downtown Columbus that prepares them to safely and confidently navigate urban streets. Topics include bicycle traffic law, proper lane positioning and Q&A on any additional topic of interest. This month we will be leaving the Grange Audubon Center next to the CoGo Station in the parking lot.

Please read the FAQs below for our policies regarding registration, cancellation, inclement weather, etc. Then contact Heidi with additional questions!

FAQs

Q: Where do we meet?

A: The Grange Audubon Center 505 W Whittier Columbus Ohio 43215 next to CoGo Station.

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 the start, 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 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. And good quality gloves are highly recommended.

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! Please do make sure your kids are registered separately.

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Mar
9
10:00 AM10:00

Year of Yay! March

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Spring is right around the corner! Let's get out and see some animals in the wild of Columbus. We will visit locations in the city with artistic expressions of animals; an Art Animal Safari, if you will.

Year of Yay! is a series of 12 monthly bicycle tours showcasing various businesses, organizations, sites and parts of town around a different theme each month. Kicking off at Lucky's Market at 10am every second Saturday, this casual no-drop ride is approximately 20 miles but rolls at a conversational pace and accommodates most riders. Rides are free for Yay Bikes! members and our first-time guests. Join today and check out some additional ride FAQs!

Register for this ride!

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Feb
28
12:00 PM12:00

Bicycle Parking Lunch and Learn

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Please join us on February 28 at noon for a Lunch and Learn presented by Lou Fineberg of DERO. Anyone interested in learning more about bicycle parking is welcome to attend! American Institute of Architects (AIA) offering 1.0 LU/HSW credit hours to registered architect. 

Course Description:

The growth of bicycle use for transportation and tourism has increased significantly in the past decade and as a result, deliberate attention to bicycle parking is needed now more than ever. Bicycle storage facilities have become an integral part of new developments and are touted as a premium asset in commercial and residential properties. This session provides a fundamental approach to comprehensive bicycle parking standards, from selecting the right equipment to adequately preparing the space. The Bicycle Parking Standards and Installation session provides the expertise to improve bike storage to meet the needs of both the developer and the end user.

Box lunch provided. This workshop is co-hosted by the Yay Bikes! and Dero.

Objectives

1. Describe the fundamental design features that create desirable bike parking facilities.

2. Use appropriate spacing standards for installation to allow for easy access for cyclists and their bicycles.

3. Identify the key considerations to meet ADA, LEED, and Parksmart standards.

4. Explain how to apply common guidelines of bike parking requirements

Contact Heidi Coulter at heidi@yaybikes.com with additional questions!

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Feb
13
12:00 PM12:00

How We Roll For Yay Bikes! Members

Yay Bikes! is pleased to provide our premier on-road bicycling education! During a How We Roll course, groups of up to 5 cyclists enjoy a casual ride through downtown Columbus that prepares them to safely and confidently navigate urban streets. Topics include bicycle traffic law, proper lane positioning and Q&A on any additional topic of interest. This month we will be leaving the Grange Audubon Center next to the CoGo Station in the parking lot.

Please read the FAQs below for our policies regarding registration, cancellation, inclement weather, etc. Then contact Heidi with additional questions!

FAQs

Q: Where do we meet?

A: The Grange Audubon Center 505 W Whittier Columbus Ohio 43215 next to CoGo Station.

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 the start, 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 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. And good quality gloves are highly recommended.

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! Please do make sure your kids are registered separately.

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