Weekly rides:

Sunday Night Ladies Ride:
15th and high
Come ride bikes with other women and discover Columbus from a new perspective. This is a no drop ride...we only ride as fast as the slowest person. All ages and walks of womanly life encouraged to come.

Sunday Slow Ride: (Every 3rd Sunday)
Goodale Park 1pm
Ride at the speed of slowest person, great for teaching friends how to navigate on the road, stop lights, etc.

Monday Night Ride:
15th x high 10pm
MNR is a social ride that meets 52 weeks a year with no regard for inclement weather. Distance and pace are dictated by those who show up, maintaining a NO DROP policy. The group often takes breaks to chat and get to know fellow riders while exploring the city. Summer rides are typically bigger and slower, and break at public parks. Winter rides are typically smaller, and faster and tend to take breaks to conduct "urban exploration" of interesting properties. Drinking and smoking is common on this social ride. The ride typically ends at High Beck Tavern for beer and free pizza.

Tuesday Night Crit Practice:
OSU Schottenstien parking lot 6:00pm
Several short races. Opportunity to practice starts, setup, finish, then recover and try it all again.Racing may include points race, miss & out, win & out, scratch race, etc. If you don't know what that means, we'll explain it when you get there. A, B, Junior, Women categories. Entry Fees $3 with a USAC road license, $8 if you need a 1 day license.These are laid back races -- good intense workout, good cornering practice. No prize money -- no arguing about who placed where.

Tuesday Night Ride:
Goodale park 7pm
This ride usually goes out to food trucks and back. The ride is always contingent on inclement weather, and is posted 2-3 days ahead of time. Pace is moderate, and goes for 25 miles.

CycloCross Practice: (fall)
OSU schottenstien feilds 6pm
Practice racing a road bike through the mud! Start with some basic skills, build up to actual races, be ready to get dirty!

Columbus Bike Polo: (Tuesday nights)
Lane x high polo courts 9pm
Come play, watch, or just hang out! They ALWAYS have extra mallets for you to use, and will personally lend you a bike to try! Games are played every Tuesday night at 9pm on the courts Southwest of Lane and high. Pick up games are also plentiful in the warm weather.

Wednesday Night Worlds:
Avery park 6pm
This is the fastest road ride in Columbus. It goes through beautiful rolling hills in the countryside NW of Columbus. Leaves From Avery park in Dublin at 6 pm sharp. Average speed 25+, If your not fast enough, you WILL get dropped.

Paradise Garage road rides:
PG 6:30pm
This road ride leaves from PG and goes throughout Columbus for about 25 miles. It splits up into a fast group (25mph) and a slower group (17mph) during the ride. It is a no drop ride.

More rides:
Ohio Bike Tours
Ohio Bike Races

Columbus Bike Advocacy:
Columbus BIKE BIKE national conference
Consider Biking
Columbus Outdoor pursuits
Bike OSU

Pedicab Rides Tours and Weddings
Columbus Pedicab

More Groups:

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

1% of bikers don't matter: Bike lanes vs sharrows?!

The crux to this question is, how do we make biking accessible to as many people in Columbus as we can?

Experienced cyclist want sharrows because they can hang (or aren't intimidated by) 25+mph traffic. GUESS WHAT HOMIE?! You're the 1% and you don't matter. I include myself in that 1% of bikers, who are going to bike whether its snowing, SUV's are going 40mph, or even if it were illegal, and truth be told, people like us will bike no matter what and catering specifically to us, means we aren't doing whats needed to make biking a transportation option for EVERYONE.

Sharrows have done two awesome things on High street. 1) Raise awareness that cars must share the road and 2) Get more people on bikes. But if you take the time to observe how people use the sharrows, a lot of new bikers are too intimidated to take the whole lane, and are still being "pushed" towards the ever present danger of car doors from parked cars.

Now, how do we build infrastructure that makes biking accessible to EVERYONE?

1) Build it somewhere that connects existing homes, businesses and entertainment so that people actually use it. The Olentangy bike path is awesome, but where does it really connect me to?!

2) Tackle safety, the majority of the populations biggest concern. If we build bike lanes that safely separate higher speed traffic (and car doors) from bikes, we will make biking accessible to everyone in the city not just those who are already brave enough to tackle the current conditions.

2) Make it Cost effective. Meaning please don't throw our money away on 30,000$ bike racks, Bike share programs that cost $4,500 a bike (plus $1000 a year to maintain), or even bike education programs that average $500 a person.

And how can Columbus do this?!?!

If we build dedicated bike lanes down High street where bikers are already traveling, people would actually use the system because we're connecting where they live, to where they work, by connecting 5 dense urban neighborhoods and business districts (Clintonville, Campus, Short North, Downtown, German Village).

Bikes would get their own lane, meaning the 99% of people of Columbus who don't currently travel by bike will now feel safe enough to commute, shop, and travel without cars constantly barreling down on them. PS this would ameliorate the usage problem with the Short North's low cost FREE bike share program.

Finally, where will we put these bike lanes?! If you take into account the amount of parking and roadway space we'll save when people start using bikes instead of cars to get to these neighborhoods in a safe, and time effective way, we'll see how easily we can replace the lanes of parked cars on high street with a bike lane. We'll do this without increasing congestion on High Street or demand for parking because by giving people the option to bike around the city safely, we'll actually be decreasing the amount of cars looking for parking.

So to answer the question of bike lanes vs sharrows. Both are useful tools in increasing the use and safety of bicycle commuting, but right now, if we want transformative change in Columbus, we need a bike lane down high street with sharrows on adjacent streets!

And hopefully, one day, we'll convince the people driving from one side of Goodale park to the other, to take a bike!

British dept of transportation:


  1. You should really edit your writing (or have someone who knows grammar do so)

    "this would amelioration the reason"
    "Your the 1% "

  2. HA, I cant believe I messed that up, as an English teacher I would always drill the use of suffixes into my students! Thanks for catching that for me :)

  3. uh, yeah. That is a contraction not a suffix. A contraction is the combining of two words and using an apostrophe to represent the omitted letters,for example, you + are= you're as in "you're the 1%" what you said is the possessive of you. Suffixes modify words; making them more specific, indicating a quantity, a verb tense, or changing the meaning of a word.

    An English teacher you say?

    As for your sentence :
    "this would ameliorate the reason why the Short North's low cost FREE bike share program was never truly successful." I cannot even understand your intended meaning....

    Do you mean: "This would ACCENTUATE the reason ...." OR do you mean " this would ameliorate the bike share program" which would also make sense. but what you wrote makes none.

    While I commend your cause, I wonder about your abilities as a messenger. If you are going to publish drivel that no one can understand and fetal, not fully formed thoughts as material for a blog I say keep your ass on the bike saddle instead of in the office chair. Back to the drawing board.

    I'm glad you're no longer an English teacher. I shutter to think of all of the ill-fated children confusing there, their and they're under your watch!

    1. "Bikes would get their own lane, meaning the 99% of people of Columbus who don't currently travel by bike will now feel safe enough to commute, shop, and travel without cars constantly barreling down on them. PS this would ameliorate the reason why the Short North's low cost FREE bike share program was never truly successful."

      Ameliorate, as to improve the reason why the bike share program was not successful.

      I originally posted amelioration instead of ameliorate... that's a suffix error.

      Yes, I blew some contractions here and there, but I guess that's what happens when your bustin' something out without spell check. Gotta practice for that GMAT ya' know!

      For the record, my students averaged 2.5 years of growth in a inner city school where English wasn't always their first language! So i'd say they were as lucky to have me as I was to have them my first year out of college!

      But hey, I thank you for pointing out my careless errors, maybe in the next comment you can talk about how you would like to improve biking in Columbus!

  4. I ride up and down High Street nearly every day.

    Dedicated bike lanes is the LAST thing I want to see on High St in the Short North. It would cause countless pedestrian and car-turning accidents, is totally unrealistic to even discuss, and would drastically clog car traffic. People would also block the bike lane by doing all kinds of different things. I'd probably start riding on Summit and Fourth instead. The road wasn't built for cyclists, so it is -- the best option we've got is sharrows, and I think it's plenty good.

    I admit, I'm also a pedicab driver, so I'm definitely in the 1% of people most comfortable on the road. But that also means I'm in the top 1% of time spent on that road and watching how traffic behaves. Sharrows are the best, let them be!

    1. I agree with Mattie. Kill this Connect the Core crap. The plan is not placing bike lanes on every road. So, if you are afraid to ride on the street to get to the street with bike lanes, then you are still sitting at home, scared. WASTE OF MONEY.

      Columbus doesn't have density or enough tourism to justify spending the $2-3 million dollars that some organizations are asking for to start Bike Share. WASTE OF MONEY.

    2. Agree. Just better education as to cyclist road rights and understanding among multiple modes of transit should allow a greater mass of cyclists. One major concern that i have with bike lanes is that you'd also need to build dedicated signals for bikes in multiple-lane one-way or 4-or-more lane roads to allow for bikes to turn left, cutting across same direction traffic at intersections with stop signs/stoplights. Keep in mind that bike lanes establish the mentality of separate but equal and enforce this with the lane demarcations themselves. The roadways were traversed by horse-and-buggy and bicycles before automobiles. All motorists obtaining drivers' licenses already need know of other transit modes' rights to the roadways when taking drivers' license examinations. In other words, it is already to be understood that bicycles may use all roadways except highways/speedways, etc., and that that includes 6-lane one-way roadways or whatever, really. It's really not that difficult to merge when a cyclist properly signals.

    3. For the record, I believe that there was minimal potential for misunderstanding in the article. It was actually written quite well, IMO. I think that with regard to the Olentangy bike path, that perhaps bike lanes could be well merited on city consensus most dangerous roads for bicyclists. High Street isn't the problem, nor 3rd, 4th, or anywhere downtown, really. The problem is in linking the Olentangy bike path to places such as Grandview, Upper Arlington, and Dublin. Especially troublesome might be Bethel, Henderson, and Dublin-Granville Road. There are still ways to get there, and I know many people (myself included) who can ride on 3rd Ave., for instance, into Grandview from Harrison West crossing Olentangy River Rd. with relative ease. However, places such as these are hairier, and to use 3rd Ave. into Grandview again as an example, this road is two lanes, and is fairly heavily trafficked by motorists, with many bicyclists using this road consequently feeling the pressure to get out of the way. More so than 3rd, many might find difficulty traveling along 5th or King Ave. in Grandview, though it is technically feasible as well. The real difficulty is giving newer bicyclists the ability to feel safe when going uphill westbound into Grandview, so, in the least, maybe there should be bike lanes on these roads in the westbound lane. I would the same for Upper Arlington on Henderson & Bethel, etc., but perhaps all such lane bike lane creation could be accomplished incrementally.

  5. Though he/she was a bit rude, I have to agree with the first poster that the grammar mistakes are extremely prominent. I am a huge advocate for cycling and would love to be talking about the actual content of the article, but like the other poster, I can't get past the writing quality.

    It is important to understand that unpolished work not only makes us look uneducated, but also makes it look like you don't really care enough to do what's necessary as a messenger representing cycling in Columbus.

  6. Yeah, I'm not going to lie, I'm kind of rusty since I was triple majoring at OSU and writing all kinds of academic papers. This was done under a time constraint, with no spell check or peer editing so as to start preparing myself for the GMAT writing section. I expected friends to highlight my most common errors, which are over looked apostrophes. But hey, if I can get negative "anonymous" people over the internet trying to edit my essay prompts for me, why not?!

    My guess is, the negative comments are coming from people who were offended that I called certain projects a waste of money.
    If Anonymous has any solutions to how we can make biking safe, comfortable, and accessible to 99% of our cities citizens, then I’d love to hear it :D

  7. Was this ghost wrote by Jody or Jessica? Sounds alike like their rhetoric.

  8. Not Jody, I don't hide behind anonymous. Not Jessie's style either.

  9. I love how this blog is a bunch of men saying what it would take to get the average person (women) on bikes.

    This is what I am in favor of, as a 46 year old female, one speed slow rider, 99%er.


  10. Jody, thanks for remaining civil, and actually contributing to the conversation in a constructive manner. Personally I’ve found it really sad how cyclists and "advocates" in Columbus attack each other’s character because they have different ideas. I want to see more people biking in my city, not people bickering over perceived popularity contests.

    Although I do admit that cycling culture can be dominated by men, my post has nothing to do with one gender deciding what’s best for the other. I do however love the video you posted!

    Mattie, you should watch the vid Jody posted! I am also a pedicabber, and used to think exactly like you, there are two things though that you need to take into account. The first is that going 20+mph down high street is safer than going 14mph since cars are more willing to respect the faster pace, and the fact that even if a Pedicab is going 10 mph down high street cars still respect its right to a lane. Try taking a lane (while staying out of the car door zone) going 13,14,15 mph in a cruiser and see how cars intimidate your safety.

    1. Interesting point about the cruiser bikes and hybrid bikes, etc. Definitely agree, there. Ditto for many of the individuals owning mountain bikes. They should also have the ability to ride more easily on High Street & elsewhere. Seeing as these bikes do generally travel more leisurely, I can see the need there. Ditto again for climbing those hills into Grandview that I was mentioning going westbound on 3rd, 5th, King, etc.

  11. 2) Make it Cost effective. Meaning please don't throw our money away on 30,000$ bike racks, Bike share programs that cost $4,500 a bike (plus $1000 a year to maintain), or even bike education programs that average $500 a person.

    The bike lanes are FREE?

    Personally I’ve found it really sad how cyclists and "advocates" in Columbus attack each other’s character because they have different ideas. I want to see more people biking in my city, not people bickering over perceived popularity contests.

    This is kind of sad how Consider Biking people attack people all the time because they oppose their ideas. Agree 100%. I consider them the Sarah Palin of Bicycle Advocacy groups. Rude bullies.

  12. I love how this poster hides behind "Anonymous" and calls me a "Rude Bully". If you can't put your name to your comments than you have a bigger problem than getting bullied.

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