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.
Please – bring your bike and come ride in the OPEN STREET! There’s something magical about riding on a street with no cars! Try it!
Plus, special, fun and free activities will take place at “play-stops” next to the open streets.
Check out our website and see all the activities, details, and a map here.
Cincy Summer Streets is joining the more than 100 Summer Street-type events taking place across the country each summer in cities like Indianapolis, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and Seattle.
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)
Activities provided by Art on the Streets, Pones, Inc., Cincinnati Bike Center, Circus Mojo, Magician Richard, Collaborative Painting, Play Cincy, Exhale, REI, Cincinnati Parks, Hoopinnati, Double Dutch Cincinnati Rope Twisters, Queen City Bike, The Shakti Factory (belly dancing), The Yoga Bar, Montessori Center Room Art and more!
Cincy Summer Streets 2014 is supported by the Walnut Hills Area Council, Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation, East Walnut Hills Assembly, Art on the Streets, and the City of Cincinnati. The events are sponsored by The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation and Interact for Health.
We can still use a few volunteers if you’d like to help out before or after you play in the street. CIncy Summer Streets is looking for volunteers for 2 or 3 hour shifts starting at 8:00 am, 10:30 am and 12:30 pm. Volunteers can greet participants, assist activity organizers or serve as a “runner.” Event info:www.cincysummerstreets.org Volunteer signup: http://vols.pt/pq1LJ8 Minimum age requirement is 14, younger with an adult. Students can also receive Community Service hours for volunteering.
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!
Earn a Bike summer program flyer
Each student will receive a (used) bicycle, bike helmet, lock, and set of lights for completing the program.
The Earn a Bike has two sessions this summer, all on Monday afternoons from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. meeting at Mobo Bicycle Collective [1415 Knowlton Ave.]
The first session runs June 23rd through July 14th.
The second session runs July 21st through August 11th.
Please ask the young people you know if they would be interested in taking the course and earning themselves a bike. Enrollment is open and is first come first serve.
Youth interested in earning a bike must:
- 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 email@example.com 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?
Share your thoughts with OKI.
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 not already and to join us at a public Neighborhoods Committee Meeting about the project:
Monday, April 21 at 2PM
City Hall, 801 Plum St.
If you have any questions, concerns, or ideas about how you can help advocate for the project, please connect with us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Queen City Bike
**A note on social media. It is very important to keep your comments civil, respectful, and factual. Local leaders can access and have been informed about comments that have been posted on the new media sites.
…A receptionist holds open the door for you as you roll your bike into the building.
Levi with a full rack of bike parking at Epipheo
This is the wonderful treatment I received at a meeting at Longworth Hall today (and the receptionist watched over my bike too!). The beautiful historic rail warehouse is certainly not stuck in the past. We were treated to a tour of the building which houses numerous local businesses. Two of the tenants, Dot Loop and Epipheo, have done some incredible things to support bicycling and their biking employees.
Using Cincinnati Metro to Bike & Ride just got easier!
Metro passes and stored-value cards will be available 24/7
CINCINNATI – Metro’s quest to make riding more convenient continues with the addition of its first ticket vending machine, installed downtown at the Government Square information booth near the corner of 5th and Walnut Streets. Now open to the public, the machine provides 24/7 access to Metro passes and stored-value cards.
The SPX Corporation’s GFI Genfare machine provides easy-to-use convenience for Metro riders. It offers all Metro 30-day rolling passes including Metro/TANK passes, and $10, $20 and $30 stored-value cards.
The machine accepts cash (exact amounts only) or credit cards. It does not accept coins, but will be able to accept dollar coins starting this summer. Up to four passes can be purchased per transaction. The machine is under 24-hour video surveillance for enhanced security. It is also specially designed to offer Spanish language translation, and braille and audio-translations for our visually and hearing impaired customers.
More ticket vending machines will soon be available in the Clifton area near the University of Cincinnati in the new Uptown Transit District and at other high-traffic transit transit hubs.
Metro is working on additional fare options for customers that will be available in Metro pass sales outlets and ticket vending machines. Metro passes will continue to be sold at a dozen Cincinnati locations and online at www.go-metro.com.
For a diagram showing how to use the ticket vending machine, click here.
Metro is a non-profit, tax-funded public service of the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority, providing about 17 million rides per year in Greater Cincinnati.
We asked for the our friend Cheryl Sussel, creator and driving force of the Cinci Holiday Bike Drive to write up what the project has been up to over the last year and what we can look forward to in 2014. Check out her story:
Bicycle mechanics hear many stories — stories of broken spokes, miles ridden and races won. But the most commonly heard story is about a person’s first bicycle. Often it is the story of how the person’s first bicycle introduced them to their love of bicycling.
It is these stories that compelled a small group of bicycle mechanics to start the Cinci Holiday Bike Drive — we hope to bring the joy of bicycling to low-income children in Cincinnati. The volunteer-run project simultaneously aims to improve family and child health by promoting cycling in the community.
Last December we held our first Bike Giveaway Day. We gave 46 children a refurbished bicycle and their own “first bicycle story.”
The Ohio Women’s Bike Summit is returning to Columbus this year. The Summit was started last year, and is considered the first in the nation of it’s kind.
So mark your calendars! The 2014 Ohio Women’s Bike Summit will be Saturday, May 3rd in Columbus, OH. Check out the Facebook event page for more details, tickets, etc..
Get in touch with us if you need help finding a place stay (if you would like to go early/leave late), arrange carpool rides, or bikes in Columbus.
Here are a couple articles from last year’s summit: