Return of the 7pm Ride!

August 1st marks the return of the 7pm ride! If you can’t make the 5:30 ride NO PROBLEM! Just show up to Fifth Third Field at 7pm and catch the second ride. If you have any questions or suggestions feel free to contact us!

August Ride – East Dayton/Huffman District

August 1st will be our next Courteous Mass Ride. This 5.25 mile ride will take us through industrial east Dayton as well as the Historic Huffman District.

From Fifth Third Field we will head east down Monument and go by the city facility yard as well as the Rumpke recycling center. We will turn right on Findlay Street and head south to make a stop at the Life Enrichment Center.

The Life Enrichment Center is a nonprofit organization that provides services to the less fortunate in Dayton and the surrounding areas. Providing life-building and life-sustaining services, it has become a pillar in the Dayton community. The Life Enrichment Center also has a Bike Shoppe & Safety Village allowing kids to learn about riding a bike in a safe environment.

Continuing south on Findlay Street, we will turn right on Springfield Street and head west to Torrence Street. We will take a left on Torrence Street and head south entering the Historic Huffman District. When we hit Huffman Avenue, we will take a right going northwest on Huffman. Then turning right onto Columbus Street, we will make another short stop at the only remaining Carnegie Library in the city of Dayton.

This Carnegie Library was built in 1911 with grant money provided by the industrialist Andrew Carnegie.  Carnegie was a Scottish immigrant who made a large fortune in the steel industry.  He spent his later years on philanthropic work, spending his fortune establishing libraries and other community projects throughout the United States. Carnegie was a huge supporter of giving people the tools to help themselves.

We will continue north on Columbus Street and make a left on East 4th Street. We will follow 4th Street west until we hit Dutoit Street, then make another left. We will wrap up this ride heading west down 5th Street through the Oregon District, continuing onto Patterson Boulevard and back to Fifth Third Field.

 

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Volunteers needed for Tour de Dayton

The fourth annual Tour de Dayton will be Saturday, August 16, 2014.  It is a free, family-friendly cycling event that takes participants on 10-20 mile cycling rides with planned stops at local “gems” of Dayton.  This year, we plan to ride through Northeast and Southeast Dayton, and the start / finish of the event will be at Washington Park (at the interesection of Woodley Rd and Wright Ave, near the residence of 1112 Woodley Rd, Dayton Ohio 45403 if you would like to google it .  We plan to provide refreshments, snacks, and t-shirts for our volunteers, and encourage you to bring your own sunscreen, chair, or cooling device (umbrella or fan) depending on the weather that day.  Also, please let us know if you have a canopy or card table you could bring for set up at stop locations.

Volunteers are expected to arrive at Washington Park around 8:00 am so that we can have some light breakfast items, discuss assignments and expectations for the day. Volunteers will head to their assigned location and are expected to fill their role until the ride ends around 3pm.

Please contact Rachel Barnett at tourdedayton@gmail.com if you are interested in volunteering.  I would like your name(s), email and phone contacts, t-shirt sizes, food allergies you have, and anything else you think may be relevant for us to know.  We usually provide lunch so please let me know if you have a preference for turkey, ham, roast beef, or a veggie sandwich.  You should expect this event to take about 7 hours of your time on Saturday August 16, 2013.

We need about 30 volunteers at this year’s ride, and we hope that you will consider this event as a fun, exciting way to spend your Saturday morning.  We would like to know by Friday, July 25 2014 if you are able to volunteer.

This year we will have stops at Wright Patt Air Force Museum, the Dayton Fire Training Center, Life Enrichment Center, Charlie’s Deli, Miami Valley CDC, SWORD, DATV, Riverscape Bike Hub, and the current EC Doren Library / Old NE Priority Board location (1916 Firehouse).  If you are familiar with any of our stop locations and have knowledge / experience that you think would make you a better fit for a particular location, let us know and we will try our best to work to place you accordingly.  Please do recognize, however, that we cannot accommodate every preference and that there may be high demand to be at the same location.  Also, we plan to have a buddy system in place as locations will have at least two volunteers at each, so if you know someone and want to be paired with them that day, let us know and we will try our best to accommodate.

We may not be able to fulfill all of your preferences, but Ken and I do try to make assignments and pairings a positive experience for our volunteers, as we recognize that your volunteerism is what makes this event a success.  I do hope you choose to volunteer, and look forward to hearing from you!

BMV & CMD Ride for the Artemis Center

We’ve signed up for the Artemis Gone Riding Event. We are looking for people who are interested in join our team or just donating. If you’re interested in participating please click on this link. This year the ride is open to both genders, no longer just girls, YAY!

Event Details:

SEPTEMBER 13th 2014
8:00 AM Check- In
9:00 AM Ride Begins

$35.00 Registration event t-shirt included

Route Options:
10 Mile
16 Mile
22 Mile
28 Mile

July Route – Ride to the Food Truck Rally

Everyone seemed to like the little historical tour we did last month so we thought we’d try it again! This month we will be taking a bicycle tour of McCook Field and Old North Dayton. This area of Dayton has the second highest concentration of jobs in the city, most of them industrial.

On this tour of Dayton we will stop at two points of interest, McCook Field and the Duncarrick Mansion. Along the way we will pass by the Downtown Dayton Dog Park at Deeds Point and the home of DATV, the local public access TV station. It will be a short 4.5 mile ride ending at the Yellow Cab Food Truck Rally.

McCook Field was one of the first Army Air Force bases, first opening on December 5, 1917. In 1919 it became the location of the Aviation Service’s Engineering Division. Much early aircraft research and development was done at this location. Because of the field’s unusually small size, they had to build one of the world’s first paved runways to land the planes. A sign was painted on the hangar to warn arriving pilots, “This field is small use it all!”

The Duncarrick Mansion can be seen from I-75, just north of Route 4. This farmhouse was built in 1850 and bought in 1887 by a prominent Dayton lawyer by the name of Grafton Kennedy. The home was developed by the firm Peters, Burns and Pretzinger. Pretzinger is Dayton’s foremost native architect. Several of his buildings are included on the National Registry of Historic Places. This home is in the American Provincial architecture style with Tudor detail.  After Grafton Kennedy’s death his daughter Katherine, who was born and raised there, remained in the homestead. Katherine had her own political career fighting for women’s rights shortly after the women’s suffrage movement. The Kennedy family was influential enough that, when I-75 was being built, they requested it be moved west to avoid their property. If you ever wondered why there is that sharp curve in I-75 at the Route 4 interchange, now you know it’s because of the Kennedy’s.

We will end our ride at the Yellow Cab Food Truck Rally on 4th Street.

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July 11th Ride – to the Yellow Cab Food Truck Rally

Due to the First Friday falling on the 4th of July the Downtown Dayton Partnership will not be hosting a First Friday event. Instead Downtown Dayton will be celebrating the Lights in Flight Firework Festival on July 3rd.

We’re not going to let that stop us from our monthly bike ride! Courteous Mass will be held on the second Friday, July 11th, for this month only. We’ll meet up at Dragon’s Stadium, 220 N. Patterson Blvd., at 5:30 to take a little tour of the city. After our tour we will end the ride over by the Yellow Cab building so everyone can enjoy the Food Truck Rally.

We hope you will join us! The route will be posted at a later date.

June 6th Ride – West Third/ Dayton View

On this ride we will be exploring the West Third Street Historic District, Dayton View and McPherson Town. There are two points of interest where we will stop briefly. First stop will be the Wright Cycle Company Complex. Second stop will be at the corner of Arnold Place and Superior Avenue to see the original farm house of Dayton View. Come join this urban exploration!

 

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Show Us Your Bikes

We need your help. I (Uli) need pictures for a presentation that will, among other things, highlight the different bikes we have in Dayton.
Many people think that cyclists are either out on $1000 plus road bikes or terrible quality mountain bikes. Of course those bikes are part of Dayton, but so are many others.
Send us your pictures, either on Facebook (post them on our wall or send us a message) or via e-mail at courteousmassdayton@yahoo.com.
Pictures of road- and mountain bikes in all conditions are just as welcome as any other pics. It’s about being inclusive and diverse.

Thank you all in advance!