This Week in “Bicycle”

If you haven’t made any plans this week, there are a few things on the Dayton cycling¬† to do list:

On Monday, the City of Dayton is holding a public involvement meeting at the
Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission Center for Regional Cooperation, 1000 West Third Street, Dayton, OH 45402
The meeting starts at 4pm and will be your chance to hear more and provide comments about the proposed East Fifth Street/ Hamilton Avenue Bikeway, the Broadway Street Bikeway, the East Fifth Street Bike Ramps, the Keowee Street/ Helena Street Bikeway, and the Eastern Hills Bikeway.
If you can’t attend the meeting but want to get involved, please e-mail Joe Weinel, joe.weinel@daytonohio.gov, with your comments and questions.

On Tuesday, Courteous Mass Dayton and Bike Miami Valley will join the Artemis Center, a local domestic violence shelter, on Living Dayton. We will talk a little about cycling in Dayton and, more importantly, about Dayton Girls Gone Riding, a women only ride on September 14thr, hosted by the Artemis Center.
While we are at it, if you want to join our group on the ride, Courteous Mass Dayton and Bike Miami Valley are more than happy to have you in the Women of BMV Group.

On Wednesday, Peace on Fifth, on 508 Fifth Street, is hosting the Peace Ride. The ride starts at 6pm, all are welcome, a shorter route for kids is available. For more info check out the Facebook event and the Dayton Local announcement.

That is it, so far. Stay tuned for the September route announcement and other events. Until then we see you in the streets.

The Kettering Connector Is Open!

More news from the trails, and this time it’s interesting for street riders as well. The new trail between the University of Dayton and Kettering helps avoid climbing Irving or Schantz Ave and makes for a more comfortable ascent.

Kettering Connector

The connector is partially available at Google Maps, not yet shown is the extension north, past Irving Ave, across UD campus towards Trinity Ave, and south all the way to Wiltshire Blvd. At the south end of the trail, the route continues on the street. The City of Kettering has recently put up “Share the Road” signs along several streets. The bike route passes Fraze Pavilion. The Fraze offers limited free admission on $2 Tuesdays for people who register online in advance and ride their bikes. Click here for more info.

If you are in need of a treat by the time you reach Shroyer Rd, you can stop at Dairy Queen or Carmel’s Southwest Grill. Both are right at the street crossing.

Many already used the trail before the official opening, so expect a lot of traffic and always remember trail etiquette.

Tour de Dayton 2013

TdD Logo

Next Saturday, August 17th, 2013, it’s time for the third annual Tour de Dayton, a free cycling event with the goal to make Dayton a more active, bicycle friendly city while promoting diverse neighborhoods.

This years route starts at the Welcome Stadium, participants can pre-register here, or sign up the day of the event, starting 9am. The Tour will lead through south-west Dayton, including Carillon, Miami Chapel, Egdemont, Madden Hills, Lakeview, Pineview, and Highview Hills. The map can be found here.
If you don’t have anyone to tag along, feel free to join us, we leave from the Welcome Stadium at 10 am, to give everybody time to sign up, though we do recommend that everybody pre-registers.

Ever Wonder What Happens on Our Rides?

If you have never been to a Courteous Mass ride and are not sure if it is something for you, the only way you can find out is by coming to a ride, ha! We promise we will not leave you behind, we never leave people behind, unless they insist, and even then we are reluctant.

If you are still not sure we recommend this video from DATV. Dan Suffoletto mounted a GoPro to his handlebars and came along for the ride. Thank you, Dan!

By the way, we had six new riders on the first ride, one on the second ride, so chances are you won’t be the only newbie, but if you are we take good care of you. One of the new riders said, “It was amazing, I was worried that I wouldn’t know anybody, but it didn’t matter. I asked a question to the ride leader and everybody chimed in with tips and advice.” See, that’s what we are all about, getting people more comfortable riding in the streets.

The next ride is September 6th, the first one starts at 5:30pm, the second at 7:00pm, from the Dragons’ Stadium. Stay tuned for the route and other announcements here, on Facebook, and in Telephone Weekly.