Monday, November 3rd
6:30 PM Meet and Greet
7:00 PM Meeting
@ Keystone Bar and Grill, 313 Greenup St. Covington, KY
Join us at Keystone Bar and Grill in Covington KY for our monthly member meeting. We will be hearing an update from Cheryl Sussel the upcoming Cincinnati Holiday Bike Drive, 2014!
Queen City Bike has partnered with the Ohio League of Conservation Voters to offer a ride highlighting projects funded by the Clean Ohio Fund to preserve and improve our region’s ecology and natural resources. Clean Ohio funds have been instrumental in many of our local bike/walking trails including the Ohio River Trail and the Mill Creek Greenway Trail.
The ride departs from Otto Armleder Park at 9AM on Saturday September 6th.
A short and a long route are available for you to choose from. The long route includes a section of on-street bike lanes.
You can find out more information about the Clean Ohio Fund and the projects it supports at http://development.ohio.gov/cleanohio/.
Come join us! We hope to see you there.
BRING YOUR BIKE AND RIDE AT CINCY SUMMER STREETS ON SATURDAY!
For the first time, free “summer streets” events will take place in Cincinnati this summer and the first one is this Saturday in Walnut Hills/East Walnut Hills. Cincy Summer Streets is opening up a mile of city streets – on McMillan and Woodburn from Peebles Corner to DeSales Corner – for people to play! NO CARS — only people, on bikes, or running, or walking. We all get to play in the streets.
Numerous free, fun activities will take place alongside the open street route, including hula hooping, double-dutch jump roping, salsa dancing, a circus, yoga, bicycle obstacle course, flash mob dance and belly dancing classes, art-making, street painting, bike rental, magic show and more! And the route includes local business districts with unique, locally-owned shops and restaurants.
Saturday, July 19 – 9:00 am to 2:00 pm – East Walnut Hills and Walnut Hills neighborhoods route: Woodburn Ave will be closed to cars between Madison Road and E. McMillan Street and E. McMillan Street will be closed thru Gilbert Ave. (see map below)
If you can’t make it this weekend, Cincy Summer Streets travels to Northside on August 24. Stay tuned for those details!
Queen City Bike, Mobo Bike Coop, and Rails to Trails have partnered to receive a grant bringing an Earn a Bike program to Cincinnati young adults this summer!
- Be in need of a properly sized and functioning bicycle.
- Complete the entire four classes to receive a bike.
- Be able to get to class on time.
- Be prepared for class by wearing clothes ready for getting dirty, sweaty, etc.
You can leaning more about the program and sign up a youth by contacting Nern at firstname.lastname@example.org or (513) 205-3059.
The Cinci Holiday Bike Drive, a program of QCB, received a Summertime Kids grant from the Greater Cincinnati Foundation for Earn-A-Bike!What is Earn-a-bike?
The Earn-a-Bike project experience is somewhere between a job skills training and summer camp. Participants in the Earn-A-Bike project work with experienced bicycle mechanics learning to completely refurbish and repair a used bicycle. The ten participants “earn” their bicycle through learning and labor (8 days x 3 hours/day = a 24 hour commitment.) The Cinci Holiday Bike Drive (CHBD) project is able to provide each participant with a bicycle, at about 1/6 the cost of a new bicycle. The bicycles are donated/recycled through our organization and we buy all repair parts, shop supplies and helmets at wholesale through a bicycle shop. Our volunteer bicycle mechanics love bicycles, and bicycling, and will pass on to the participants the joy of working with your hands, the pride of seeing the results of project to completion, and the healthy fun of bicycle riding.
The Cinci Holiday Bike Drive volunteer bike mechanics have experience teaching bike repair and are currently employed in bicycle shops. On the program’s first day, participants learn about rules and tools, safety, parts of the bike, and choose a bicycle to refurbish. Each day after that has a lesson plan (e.g. lesson 1- tires and tubes, lesson 2- wheels and hubs, lessons 3-brake cables/adjusting brakes and brake pads) which is discussed and demonstrated, but the majority of the time will be hands on activity. The teens will work together, and those that master the skills are encouraged to help others with learning. The last day of the program will be for final touches on the bicycles, safety checks by the mechanics, receiving bicycle helmets and bicycle locks, and learning the League of American Bicyclists’ safe riding skills through games ( e.g. a balance race where the slowest rider to the finish line wins!) An added bonus of Earn-A-Bike has the participants learning applied math and science without realizing it (e.g. What is 70 psi of air? How to calculate the circumference of a seat post. All bicycle parts use the metric system.)
What kind of growth do you want for our community?
The OKI Regional Council of Governments is updating a policy plan to improve quality of life and service to the public in southwest Ohio, northern Kentucky, and southeast Indiana, and they want to hear from you. Issues in the plan affect everyday life in the region, such as congestion on roadways, the attractiveness of communities for business and job creation, housing for all ages, income levels and family types and adequate water and sewer facilities. The draft plan and questions to invite feedback are available on-line. To find out more and share your opinions, visit www.howdowegrow.org
Bike Month is here! To make sure you can participate in all of the bicycle action, here’s a sneak peak to some of our upcoming events:
Mobo’s Super Slow Ride Workshops begin on May 1st!
With a simple manifesto of building bicycling stamina and confidence, the Super Slow Ride aims to get you ready for all of the great social bike rides coming our way. If you want to join some of the bike rides during Bike Month, but you’re not sure yet if you’re up to the task, this workshop is designed for you. The ride leaves from Mobo (1415 Knowlton Ave.) at 6:30 p.m. sharp every Thursday in May. https://www.facebook.com/groups/126176227459035/
Attention Queen City Bike members and fellow bicycle advocates:
Queen City Bike has been taking a central part in the discussion about the Central Parkway Bikeway Project and it’s implementation. We are taking our role as the public voice of Cincinnati’s bicycling interests in this process very earnestly and we are doing everything we can to ensure that this very widely supported community project will be carried out as planned.
A protected bike lane will improve and serve the communities it connects with safe and comfortable bicycle routes, a calmer and less dangerous roadway, improve local business, and relieve parking and traffic downtown. It has been designed to minimally impact traffic flow, to retain a majority of on street parking, and to open up the street as a bikeway for users of all ages and abilities. Queen City Bike fully supports this project, and to help us advocate we encourage you to contact City Council (CityCouncil@cincinnati-oh.gov
If you have any questions, concerns, or ideas about how you can help advocate for the project, please connect with us via email at email@example.com.
Queen City Bike
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