New Paths, New Plans, New… News?

Well, that title did not turn out as smooth as one would hope, but we have a couple exciting things to talk about on today’s post, so let’s not get stuck on the title.

First off, what are your plans for Thursday, 10am? If your answer did not include pesky responsibilities like work or school, how about you join the Medlar Bikeway Opening? There will be a first ride, immediately after the ribbon cutting, so bring your bikes.

The next thing is a call for public comments from the Ohio Department of Transportation on several planned projects.
Project #1:
MOT-CR 88-02.70, PID 95847 – The City of Kettering proposes to resurface/reconstruct Stroop Road from Shroyer Road to Dorothy Lane, including replacement of deteriorated sidewalk, curb & gutter, and drive aprons. The project will also include a new multi-use trail on Stroop Road, from Wilmington Pike to Glengarry Drive. The project is necessary to address the deteriorated pavement condition and improve bicycle access.
Project #2 is one we mentioned before:
MOT-Warren Street, PID 93236 – The City of Dayton proposes to improve Brown & Warren Streets through a road diet, provision of bicycle lanes, and other improvements. The project is necessary to make the area more amenable to bicycle and pedestrian traffic.
You can submit your comments to Tricia Bishop at 937-497-6721 or via email at Tricia.Bishop@dot.state.oh.us.

Please remember that we are joining the Dia de los Muertos Parade, this First Friday. Details to the ride can be found here, the Facebook event for the parade is linked here. We also want to thank everybody who donated, the event made it’s Indiegogo goal.

Oh right, we totally forgot to talk about how the first annual Bike the Arts went.
Well, for starters, the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission gave some really nice goody bags to the participants. Thank you for that. The folks from the Kettering Arts Council did a really great job. They brought enough volunteers to have 2 ride leaders, 2 in the middle, and 2 sweeps. They even had a SAG wagon follow us, and got two Kettering Bike Cops to ride with us the entire route.
Here are the links to the photos from Natasha Habib and Shayna McConville, and of course our pictures.

It was a cold ride, but absolutely worth it. Stay tuned for next year’s ride, possibly a little earlier in October, but then again, that’s what wool coats are for.

That is all for today, let us know if you know of anything worth mentioning. Until then…
See you in the streets!

State of the Mass

As the saying goes: “Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans”, that is our way of apologizing for the lack of posts, recently. We are still alive and riding, just too busy to frequent the internet.

So, what is going to happen over the next couple of weeks and months? Here is a quick rundown:

September 28th:
We host bike parking, from noon until 7pm, at the Dayton Art Institute’s October Fest with the great support of volunteers and the awesome people behind Tour de Dayton.
Come by, say hi, we sill have some volunteers spots open. What do you get in return? Well, you get to hang out with us, ha! and you also get free admission to the October Fest for Saturday… but mostly you wanna hang out with us, right?
If you are interested, e-mail us at courteousmassdayton@yahoo.com

October 4th:
It’s First Friday, time to ride.
Please note that we are cutting down to one ride for Fall and Winter. We will miss our 7pm folks, we hope to see them again in May.
We will ride out to the Midwest Outdoor Experience, where you can test mountain bikes, thanks to IMBA, have your kids, ages 2 to 5, try a Strider, have your dog play, camp, and too many other things to list. For all activities click here.
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Our route will be longer, this time, about 10 miles, but we will take the trail home, so don’t worry about it, you won’t have to put up with traffic when you are already tired. We will ride to the main entrance, drop off whoever wants to stay and take the trail home.
RSVP to the Facebook event here.

November 1st:
Dia de los Muertos, The Day of The Dead, is having a parade. You know what a parade needs? Bicycles, d’uh! So we will join the folks of Missing Peace Art Space. We will meet at our regular spot, in front of the Dragons’ Stadium, then we head to the Neon to join the parade. Feel free to dress up accordingly. We hope to see a bunch of decorated bikes and riders.
The event is asking for donations at Indiegogo, here is the link.

Winter in Ohio:
Today is the first day of Fall, so let’s not talk about Winter too much, but here is a quick announcement:
We are in the process of creating a Winter-Ride Challenge. It is not about the miles logged, but the trips taken. We might add another for miles logged, we will see. There might even be a goody bag waiting for the winner.
We are currently figuring out the details on how we will have people join, mostly we are figuring out the legal part. You all know that we think your safety is your responsibility, if you are not comfortable riding in Winter, don’t. But if you are a used to freezing temperatures and snow, feel free to join us. Stay tuned for more info.

One more thing:
Recently, we have received several requests to organize other rides, beside the one on First Friday. Unfortunately, we are not able to do more rides, at this point of time. Maybe if we become a group with more volunteers, we can do that in the future, but right now it is out of our reach.
If you want to see a ride, organize it. Dayton is as awesome as the people who make things happen. If you don’t know where to start, contact us. We will gladly tell you how we plan our rides, where and how we promote them, share what we have learned, hand your fliers out, and announce your rides before a Courteous Mass and on our Facebook page and blog.
We are, as always, reachable at courteousmassdayton@yahoo.com

That is all for today. Let us know if you are aware of other rides and events that we should share.

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.