Great things are happening!

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It’s been a while since our last post but we’re still peddling away!

Emma Jarman of Dayton City Paper contacted us to learn more about what we do for our community. You can read the entire article here: http://www.daytoncitypaper.com/youre-a-mass-hole/

Second exciting thing to happen was that we were asked to be part of the Dayton Originals project! You can read our full write up right here!

We’re so thankful to get all this positive attention! It’s our awesome bike community that keeps us doing what we’re doing.

Join us December 5th for the next First Friday ride. We’re unsure of the route but once it’s established we will post it on our Facebook account.

 

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

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!

Weekly Wrap Up

Did you see the weather forecast? We might get our first few snowflakes on Wednesday, or maybe we will not, this is the Midwest, after all.
We thought about shooting a video to show how to dress for winter rides, but then we found this video from Let’s Go Ride A Bike, and Dottie explained it all.

To sum it up:
– Stick with wool (cotton stays wet and you will get cold)
– Layer up
– Dress up right before you go outside, and take off extra layers as you warm up or go back inside
– take off wet clothes and let them dry before you put them back on
– If you decide to ride this winter, you should probably join our Winter Ride Challenge.
– You do not need to buy special cycling clothes for winter, but there is some really good equipment available. As always, your local bike shop is your friend.

It is suppose to lighten back up at the end of the week, though. Perfect, because Saturday you have a chance to do something for body and mind at the Bike The Arts, a ten mile guided bike tour through Kettering, starting at 10am at the Rosewood Art Center. The organizer asks that you wear a helmet.

And then it is almost time for the Dia de los Muertos Parade.
If you need a mask to wear, let us know. We have 5 unpainted masks to hand out. They are free, just contact us as courteousmassdayton@yahoo.com, first come first serve.
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That is all for today. Let us know if you have questions, ideas, or events that we should post here.

Bike Parking at the Oktoberfest

Wow, long day at The Dayton Art Institute’s Oktoberfest, yesterday.
A big thank you goes to all our volunteers.
Here are some numbers:

  • We were ten volunteers
  • We spent seven hours at the fest
  • We parked 41 bicycles
  • We had one person ride 22 miles to the Oktoberfest (yes, one way)
  • We ate at least ten soft pretzels
  • We told approximately 5 gazillion people that they should ride their bikes to the Oktoberfest Sunday or next year.

Say hello to the first round of volunteers (photo by David Hurwitz):
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If you had no time to go to the Oktoberfest, yesterday, stop by today. The UD River Stewards will park your bike for you, from noon till 7pm.
Bicycle parking is located at the River Gate on the corner of Belmonte Park North and Riverview Avenue.

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.