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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April 4th Ride – Inner East Dayton

We’ll be taking a tour through the Inner East Dayton on April 4th. This ride will be very casual. No person left behind. Meet us at Fifth Third Field, we ride at 5:30. Feel free to comment or email us for any further information. Parking: Free after 6pm. There is metered parking across from the stadium along Patterson facing South. For free parking we suggest going over to 2nd Street Market then riding over to the Stadium.

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December Ride – Let It Glow

Visibility is everything, especially in winter months. Let’s deck out our bikes with lights, but not just your regular bike lights. Bring what you can find to light up your bike:
– glow bracelets
– bike glow
– portable holiday lights
– spoke, valve, and rim lights
Let your creativity flow.
Ryan Cappo, who is shooting a video about cycling in the Miami Valley (you might have seen the call for cyclists on our Facebook page before), will be there to capture the whole thing. Make it count 😀 Of course you are welcome either way, even if you don’t have a chance to go crazy.
One ride only, during winter, we leave at 5:30pm. If you are running late and want us to wait for you, feel free to call or text 937-212 9150
Freezing temperatures won’t stop us, but black ice will.
And here is the route.
RSVP to the Facebook event to stay posted.

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.

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.