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!

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.
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.

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.