Wednesday, May 26, 2010

The Green Music Group Challenge

Got a little something new for you today.  I was contacted by the Green Music Group yesterday and told about their Green Music Challenge.  From the email I received:
[Green Music Group] was launched in January 2010 by a high-profile coalition of artists, music industry leaders, and respected environmental non-profit organizations with the aim of bringing about widespread environmental change, both within the music industry, and beyond it.

To that end, The Green Music Group Challenge is the first major fan outreach and educational promotion of GMG. This web-based photo challenge encourages members to take positive environmental action via a series of nine bi-weekly challenges, each put forth by one of GMG's Founding Artists. Launched on April 10th, the GMG Challenge runs for 18 weeks and features video "calls to action" from artists such as Dave Matthews Band, Sheryl Crow, Maroon 5, Willie Nelson, Linkin Park, and other influential musicians. Willie Nelson is the promoter of our current challenge and he encourages all individuals to travel more eco-friendly i.e. (travel by bike, light rail, carpool etc....)

I hope that our challenge is something that your readers would be interested in! I would love your help promoting this challenge anytime between today and June 4, 2010. For more info, please visit the following:
So obviously, they're right - this is just the place to promote this idea.  I hope that everyone here will share how they're using their bikes and other forms of transportation to reduce fuel use... and also take on some of the forthcoming challenges as the Green Music Group announces them!

And here's Willie Nelson's video asking you to think about your transportation choices!

People, not speed.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

League of American Bicyclists Newsletter - May 24, 2010

Here's the latest from the League of American Bicyclists:
May 24, 2010
Dear James,

Bike to Work Day/Week was fantastic last week; hope you got a chance to ride. If you want to know what it feels like when EVERY day is Bike to Work Day, it's not too late to sign up for the Velo City Global conference in Copenhagen, June 22-25. Inspirational plenary speakers combined with top-notch workshops, set against the backdrop of a city that practically lives on two really need to be there! Check out the latest announcements, program details etc

Andy Clarke Signature

League President
National News

How Does Your State Rank in Bicycle Friendliness?
The League announced our third annual Bicycle Friendly State (BFS) rankings last week to coincide with Bike to Work Week. At the top of the list are: 1. Washington 2. Wisconsin 3. Maine 4. Minnesota 5. Oregon. This marks the third year in a row that Washington has finished first in the ranking, and the second year Alabama has come in last. The lowest scoring states ranked 46 through 50 are: 46. New Mexico 47. West Virginia 48. Montana 49. North Dakota 50. Alabama.Learn more about the BFS rankings.

Kerry & Lieberman Intro the American Power Act 
The League, along with its partners in the America Bikes Coalition, would like to thank Senators Kerry (D-MA) and Lieberman (I-CT) on the introduction of the American Power Act. We are excited that they have included policy necessary to lay the foundation to make significant advances in addressing the impact of transportation on our climate, energy dependence and mobility. Read more.

Peleton to Thank Sec. Ray LaHood 
America Bikes, Safe Routes to School, and Transportation for America will bike over to thank Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood for his public support for bicyclists on Friday, May 28th at 1:30 p.m. We will be handing over a thank you sign, complete with signatures of local cyclists. If you are in the area and would like to ride over with us, please contact Caron Whitaker at America Bikes.

SRTS & The First Lady's Taskforce
The First Lady's childhood obesity task force released their report today and it includes a recommendation for including complete streets in the transportation reauthorization! Read the report here. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood also covered the story on the FastLane, and reiterated the USDOT's support for complete streets.

Bike to Work Week Round-Up!
Check out the nationwide success of Bike to Work Week and Dayevents. All over the country, regular automobile commuters parked their cars and rode their bikes to work, proving that biking to work is easy and fun. Read our blog to get a peek at Bike to Work Day from east to west coast.
League News

League National Rally
The League's National Rally is this June 3-6! We are teaming up with the Bicycle Coalition of New Mexico and will ride to honor Gail Ryba, founder of the Bicycle Coalition of New Mexico. Join cyclists from across the country for three days of riding through the colorful and historic New Mexican terrain. This is a great chance to ride with League members and bicycle enthusiasts. Find out more.
Advocacy News 

Pro Walk/Pro Bike® Conference
Pro Walk/Pro Bike® 2010, held September 13-16 in Chattanooga, Tenn., will provide a learning experience for advocates and professionals working on policy and programs in every kind of community, at every level of government and with non-government organizations. Registration is available at Act now, discounted early bird registration ends on May 31, 2010.

New Partners for Smart Growth Conference
The 10th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference: Building Safe, Healthy and Livable Communities Conference, will be February 3-5, 2011 in Charlotte, N.C. Join leaders from across the U.S. and learn from hundreds of speakers who cross disciplines to share insights, and valuable tools and strategies for making smart growth a success in your community. Visit to get more details.
Other News

Walmart Bike Month Deal
In celebration of National Bike Month during May, Walmart is offering free shipping and free assembly on ALL bikes purchased online In addition, customers who purchase Cruiser bikes on during the month of May will receive a free $20.00 e-Gift card.*
Job Opportunities

Utah Bicycle Coalition Employment Opportunity 
The Utah Bicycle Coalition (UBC) is looking for an Executive Director to join their team. The UBC advocates for increased bicycle use by promoting the bicycle as an everyday means of transportation and recreation. Email to find out more and apply.

The League of American Bicyclists promotes bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation, and works through advocacy and education for a bicycle-friendly America. The League represents the interests of America's 57 million bicyclists, including its 300,000 members and affiliates. For more information or to support the League,

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Jeffrey Stevenson, Sawmill Road Hit and Run Victim, Dies of Injuries

10TV reported over the weekend that Jeffrey Stevenson, the cyclist who was struck by a motorist in the early morning hours of last Friday on Sawmill Road, has died from his injuries.

Stevenson was a sophomore at Columbus College of Art and Design, and had recently had some of his work featured at the Society of Illustrators in New York City.  He was remembered by his friends as being an achiever who loved to take on challenges.

Police have few leads on the case at this point.  The initial call came in around 5:00 AM when motorists saw Stevenson lying near the corner of Sawmill and Bright Roads, and his bicycle literally in pieces all over the road and grass at that point.

Friends of the deceased asked the driver to come forth and accept responsibility for his actions.

NBC4 had a very touching piece on Stevenson and his friends' memories of him.

Here's the video that his friends put together about him mentioned on the NBC video.

We'll keep you updated on this case as we hear more.

People, not speed.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Another Already! Cyclist Critically Injured on Sawmill by Hit-Skip Motorist

This has not been the best Bike to Work Week ever, has it?  NBC4 (and several of my friends) are reporting that Sawmill Road has been shut down for investigation of a hit-and-run collision with a cyclist this morning.

The cyclist, an as-yet unidentified male, has been taken to Riverside Methodist Hospital where he is currently in critical condition.  The accident happened at Sawmill Road and Sawbury Boulevard, just north of I-270, at around 5:00 AM.

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Further details are unknown, and there are no suspects at this time.  The cyclist was apparently (according to NBC4) riding "close to the curb," whatever that may mean.

If you have any detail on this crash, please call the Columbus Police at 614-645-4545 or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-TIPS.

Also: From the comments, by Andy Hirsch of 10TV.
If anyone happened to see what happened, please let us know. We're looking to get a vehicle description out. Thanks,

Andy Hirsch
10TV News

People, not speed.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Wanted: White Work Van in Hit and Run Collision

And now it's personal.

No, not me, but a friend of mine and fellow League of American Bicyclists Instructor was hit and run by a white work van at the corner of Lane and High on the north end of OSU's campus today at around 8:50 AM.  Please contact Meredith Joy of Yay Bikes! with any information you may have about the accident, especially if you have a license plate number!

In addition, if you happen to know of a white van with a big dent in the side coming in for repair at a body shop, please let Meredith and the police know!

People, not speed.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

BoMA Offering Sunday Patio for Two-Wheelers

Looking for a great destination for your Sunday afternoon/evening rides?  Look no further than BoMA in the Discovery District!

BoMA is inviting cyclists, motorcyclists, and scooter enthusiasts (along with everyone else) to join them for their Sunday patio cookouts from 4:00-8:00 pm from this Sunday through July 4th. (Event will be moved indoors in case of rain!).

And, as a special bonus, this weekend BoMA is offering free food!  That's right, you heard me.  FREE FOOD! And CD101 will be there broadcasting live, and giving away a free scooter to anyone entering their contest.

More information is available by clicking on the flier (the picture above).  So get the word out and enjoy a great night of food, art, and great music at BoMA!

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Columbus Ride of Silence is TONIGHT!

As I've said in the past - if you only make it to one organized bike ride this year, make it to this one.  

The International Ride of Silence is tonight. And Jeff Stephens from Consider Biking sends out the following media alert which I'll quote in its entirety, just so that we don't miss anything:

Seventh Annual “Ride of Silence” 

Hundreds of Cyclists Mourn Those Harassed and Killed by Automobiles

Event: Seventh Annual Ride of Silence
The Ride of Silence is a slow group ride, akin to a funeral procession, in total silence. The ride is a safe, responsible, professional, and mature response to the aggressiveness, intimidation, and carnage that cyclists often face on the roads.

Date: Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Speakers to begin at 6:50 p.m.
Ride departs under police escort at 7:00 p.m.
The event is open to the public.

Location: State Street, south of the Statehouse, Downtown Columbus

Why: The ride is a safe, responsible, professional, and mature response to the aggressiveness, intimidation, and carnage that cyclists often face on the roads we ride.

Speakers: Columbus Mayor, Bikin’ Mike Coleman
Ohio Senator, Teresa Fedor
Jeff Stephens, Executive Director Consider Biking

Details: The Columbus Ride of Silence is one of over 300 Rides of Silence occurring simultaneously on Wednesday evening across the country and world. The Columbus event is the second largest in the world, and provides a stunning visual experience. The Columbus event is responsible for seeding the growing grassroots bicycle advocacy movement in central Ohio. The participants represent all the diverse segments of bicyclists and demonstrate the unity of  bicyclists in making a productive statement about their right to ride safely on our roads.

History and details -
This will be my third Ride of Silence since starting bike commuting in 2006.  And it's really inspiring to see all the people who line up to join this ride each year - cyclists from all walks of life come together to share a moment to remember those who've gone before us. 

And let's remember who we're riding for this year (PLEASE let me know if I've missed any or if there's someone you'd like to commemorate):
 People, not speed.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Columbus Sharrow Questions Arise

We have our sharrow in Columbus. Well, we have one marking, but you have to start somewhere.

Yesterday, at the Bike To Work Week Launch event at the South Campus Gateway, Mayor Coleman unveiled the first sharrow marking for the city.  The sharrow will run from Morse Road to Nationwide Ave. in the Arena District.

Which raises the question.... that's great.  But what are they going to do with the cars that are parked on High Street in the Old North Columbus and Short North areas, where recessed parking does not exist?  If you're going to create a marked bike route in an attempt to create a safer way for people to travel by two wheels and no motor, it seems logical that you'd want it to be... well, safe.

But having a sharrow with people parked in it? Assuming that the sharrow is going to be in the right lane all the way down High Street, and I can't imagine that they'd put it in the left lane, you're going to have to deal with lots of parked cars - especially during afternoon rush hour, when the roads are trickiest.

So what's the plan?  Anyone know?  Are they going to remove street parking along the sharrow?  Or is this sharrow just for looks and political cred?

People, not speed.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Yay Bikes Newsletter - Bike To Work Challenge Update

The latest from Yay Bikes! and the Bike To Work Challenge!

There are just a few days left of the 2010 Challenge, so make sure you're logging your trips, proselytizing  about cycling to your coworkers, and, of course, riding your bike to work (yep, even in the rain!). There are just a few need-to-know tidbits to wrap up this year, so read on...


Your team's standings are up today on The Challengewebsite. Check out how your team is doing and make a last-ditch effort to take your bracket by ensuring all trips are logged and registering more cyclists to participate! 
If you experience any problems with the website this week, contact us for assistance. The Challenge officially ends - and trips can no longer be entered - as of Thursday at 11:59pm.

Yay Bikes!, along with generous sponsors Cafe BriosoPanera Bread, will offer free coffee & bagels* to cyclists at four locations from 7-9am this Friday morning (Bike to Work Day)! Find us at or near the following locations:
  • North : OSU Student Union @ 12th & High
  • South : Schiller Park @ Jaeger & East Deshler
  • East : Wolfe Park @ East Broad & Nelson
  • West : Genoa Park @ West Broad & Scioto River
*While supplies last!

Join us on Friday after work (5-7pm) for our Grand Finale / Happy Hour at O'Shaughnessy's Public Housein the Arena District! There we'll announce the winning teams and distribute prizes from B1, Westerville Bike Shop, Octopus Caps, Igloo Press, Yay Bikes!, and more! Be there or be flat. ;)

See you Friday, and HAPPY CHALLENGE-ING!
~The Bike to Work Challenge Planning Team
People, not speed.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Consider Biking Newsletter - May 14, 2010

The latest from Consider Biking, just in time for next week's big bike events and most importantly including Wednesday's Ride of Silence!
Mayor speaking

Consider Biking Activity Update

May 14, 2010 


Join Mayor "Bikin' Mike" Coleman, ODOT Director Jolene Molitoris, members of Columbus City Council, the Columbus Foundation and Consider Biking for our 3rd Annual Bike to Work Launch and Cycling CEO Challenge on May 17th!  Ride with dozens of area CEOs as they champion the pedaling revolution! Let's draw a huge crowd and demonstrate why it's important for our business leaders to make accommodations for cycle commuters!

Monday May 17th
7:30 a.m. - OSU Gateway South - High Street Share the Road Campaign Join Mayor "Bikin' Mike" Coleman and ODOT Director Molitoris, as they unveil more bicycling improvements for central Ohio.  Free Coffee provided at the Gateway.
8:00 a.m. - "CEO Challenge" Cycling Convoy w/ Mayor Coleman from OSU to Ohio Statehouse for Kick-off Event - Ride with over 70 of your business leaders as they champion the pedaling revolution! Let's draw a huge crowd and demonstrate why it's important for our business leaders to make accommodations for cycle commuters!
7:30 - 8:30 Bike to Work Kickoff Event on Statehouse West Lawn - Free coffee, food, music, and cycling displays will be available from 7:30 am until we await the arrival of Mayor Coleman to begin the program at 8:30.
We'll unveil our bold "2 by 2012" Mode Shift program which will work within Columbus' major workplaces to encourage and incentivize active transportation. With the support of our corporate and civic leadership, we will demonstrate that there is a direct relationship between increased levels of active transportation and/or bicycling (in any form) and the economic competitiveness of our businesses and community.! 

7th Annual Ride of Silence


ride of silenceThis event jump started our advocacy work 7 years ago! Consider Biking hosts one of the original (and 2nd largest!) Ride of Silence events in the country. Help us send a message that bicyclists should be respected on our roadways.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 7:00 pm  (assemble at 6:30-6:45)
Ohio Statehouse - South side
Downtown Columbus, OH
The Ride of Silence is a slow group ride of 12 miles, akin to a funeral procession, in total silence. The ride is a safe, responsible, professional and mature response to the aggressiveness, intimidation, and carnage that cyclists face on the roads we ride.

BikeColumbus Festival - July 16/17 & August 1

bikecolumbusConsider Biking is excited to partner with the Mayor "Bikin' MIke" Coleman, the City of Columbus, the Institute for Active Living and numerous other organizations to present a weekend festival on Friday, July 16 - Saturday, July 17, and Sunday August 1, 2010. We are excited to build a festival that brings together multiple bicycling endeavors, will focuses attention on the bicycling, and raise funds and resources for bicycling-related projects and efforts.
We look forward to showcasing bicycling and our pedaling revolution in a new and exciting way in 2010. Stay tuned.....
We'll have a dedicated website for all the detailed information and registration
Contact Information

Facebook - Facebook Page
Twitter - Considerbikeoh
Executive Director, Jeff Stephens - 614-579-1127

People, not speed.

Why I Like Bike Paths, But Not Bike Lanes

After posting the news about the predicted fight over the proposed Multi-User Path (or MUP) along Kinnear and Waltham today, it occurred to me that my messages about bike infrastructure aren't entirely coherent at times.  So this is an attempt to iron some of those issues out.

Obviously, anyone who's read this blog for a while can tell you that I'm against bike lanes and sharrows (bike lanes more than sharrows, but I'm not in favor of either).  In my opinion, they make drivers think that "roads are for cars" by seemingly designating where cyclists are "supposed to be" (whereas the intention is quite the opposite).  And bike lanes coax riders onto the road with an illusion of safety that simply isn't there.

But bike paths... that's a different and interesting monster altogether.

So let's define a bike path - or in this case a multi-use path.  They're paved paths that are free of motorized vehicles by design. Simply put, that's about all there is to it.

And many folks use the paths for transportation, though they most certainly weren't created for that purpose (otherwise, we'd have more east-west routes to go along with the multitude of north-south routes in Columbus).  They're designed for recreation right now.

Creating a connector for MUPs, especially between OSU and Upper Arlington, is a great idea. It'll allow people to get around more easily, and those who don't want to ride in the streets for whatever reason can do so.  It's another great transportation option.

If they're used properly, and that means cyclists not flying out of control, walkers staying to the right, and everyone using them following the rules (no dogs on the paths, etc.), then they're a great way for people to get around safely and quietly.  Quite frankly, I like taking the paths on occasion - it gets me away from the traffic noise and the bubbly seething cauldron of road rage that is rush hour.

And they don't lessen the position of cyclists on the streets because they're not part of the streets - they're independent of the streets.

So that's my manifesto of bike paths.  What's your opinion of them - do they serve us well as commuter cyclists, or should we always stick to the streets?

People, not speed.

Bike Advocates: Support a MUP Connector Between UA and OSU!

A Bike Path in Central Ohio

The City of Upper Arlington and Ohio State University are examining the possibility of constructing a new Multi-Use Path (MUP) for pedestrians and bicyclists along Kinnear and Waltham roads.

There is concern among cycling and pedestrian advocates in Columbus, Upper Arlington, and the university that a number of residents along Waltham plan on voicing their objections to this plan at the Upper Arlington Council meeting on Monday, May 17th.  In other words, we're going to have NIMBY involvement.

The advocates encourage other cycling and pedestrian advocates to join them at the meeting, which is to be held at 7:00 pm at the Upper Arlington Municipal Building (3600 Tremont Road, downstairs), and to voice their support for the plan.

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Criticism of the Columbus system of bike paths and MUPs often consist of the lack of East-West running routes to allow people to use the paths for transportation.  Such a path would go a long way to alleviating this issue and creating more sustainable infrastructure for the city.

Remember - Monday, May 17, at 7:00 PM - Upper Arlington Municipal Building, 3600 Tremont Road.  

For more info: This Week Newspapers - May 17 Upper Arlington Council meeting agenda

People, not speed.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

League of American Bicyclists Newsletter - May 10, 2010

Here's the latest from the League of American Bicyclists for Bike Month.

National News

Spring 2010 Bicycle Friendly Communities
The League's 2010 Bicycle Friendly Communities were announced on May 1, to coincide with the start of Bike Month. We named 16 new BFCs, with 3/4 of the awarded communities east of the Mississippi River! Read about the winners here.

May is National Bike Month
May is National Bike Month, and their are tons of events nationwide. The weather is welcoming, so now is thenational bike monthtime to encourage your friends, family and co-workers to bike to work, school and for errands. Bike to Work Week is May 17-21 and Bike to Work day is Friday, the 21st. Check out events in your areahere. If you have a website, newsletter, etc. feel free to use the League'spromotional materials, like our Bike Month banners, logos and buttons. Help make every month Bike Month!
League News

League National Rally
The League's National Rally is this June 3-6 -- our 130th rally! We are teaming up with the Bicycle Coalition of New Mexico and will ride to honor Gail Ryba, founder of the Bicycle Coalition of New Mexico. Join cyclists from across the country for three days of riding through the colorful and historic New Mexican terrain. This is a great chance to ride with League members and bicycle enthusiasts. Find out more.
State and Local News 

Pennsylvania Ave. Bike Lanes Near Completion
The road to the nation's Capitol is converting two traffic lanes on Pennsylvania Ave. to bike-only lanes. Most are overjoyed with the visual message these lanes share with the rest of the country. AAA Mid-Atlantic's Managing Director Lon Anderson, however, is not happy. In his attempt to point to the annoyance of bike lanes on Pennsylvania Ave. he managed to highlight that "20 percent of surveyed AAA members in the District said the changes would compel them to become regular bicycle commuters." Read more at the Washington Examiner and on the League Blog

Maine Bicycling PSAs
The Bicycle Coalition of Maine has created two new public service announcements about bicycle safety. One raises awareness about the Maine law requiring motorists to give at least three feet of clearance when passing cyclists. The other stresses the importance of wearing bicycle helmets. Watch the PSAs here.

Cycling in New York
As we reported two weeks ago, a new case study "Cycling in New York" will be published in World Transport Policy and Practice this summer. Since then, the report was updated with an abstract. Read the complete study here. Learn more.
International News 

Velo City Global 
Six weeks from now the cycling world will descend on Copenhagen for the Velo City Global conference - June 22-25. Check out the third announcement, including the full program. Watch the cool promotional video to get a taste of the culture you'll enjoy first hand. There is a strong U.S. delegation headed to the event; make sure you are part of it. Register here.
Advocacy News 

Bikes Belong Awards $50,000 in Grants
Bikes Belong awarded funding to six projects in their Spring 2010 grant cycle. These grants will help create better places to ride, while leveraging federal funding and building momentum for bicycling nationwide. The Bikes Belong Grants Program is funded by ourEmployee Pro Purchase ProgramRead more.

Alliance for Biking & Walking Aid
The Alliance for Biking & Walking is increasing aid to bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations across North America thanks to recent support from New Belgium Brewing Company, a League Bicycle Friendly Business. New Belgium's pledge of $40,000 over the next two years will allow the Alliance to offer strategic planning facilitation and guidance to at least six organizations in addition to providing direct organization support and coaching in key states. Read more.

Adventure Cycling Receives U.S. Bike Route Grant
Adventure Cycling Association announced on May 6 that the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials' (AASHTO) Center for Environmental Excellence is providing Adventure Cycling $5,000 to assist states with route selection, mapping, and the technical aspects associated with the development of a U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS).
Job Opportunities

PA Walks and Bikes Job Opportunity.  
Pennsylvania Walks and Bikes seeks an Executive Director to continue its rapid growth. Click here for more info.

Transit for Livable Communities Job Opportunity  
Transit for Livable Communities (TLC) is a nonprofit organization working to reform Minnesota's transportation system and is searching for an Executive Director. Click here for more info.

The League of American Bicyclists promotes bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation, and works through advocacy and education for a bicycle-friendly America. The League represents the interests of America's 57 million bicyclists, including its 300,000 members and affiliates. For more information or to support the League,
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