Monday, July 21, 2014

Cincy Summer Streets

Last weekend Cincinnati had it's first "Open Streets" event - Cincy Summer Streets. Open Streets is a national movement that temporarily closes streets to car traffic for a few hours on a weekend, and opens them up for people to run, bike, walk, and play. The concept is believed to have begun in Bogota (they call it ciclovia), where they close down 70+ miles of streets to cars every sunday. There are now over 100 open streets events taking place every summer in the US.

Planning for our first event began in April of 2013, and we had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. It was an incredible amount of work. And none of it would have happened without my co-conspirators Anne Sesler and Margy Waller, and the generous support of the Haile Foundation and Interact for Health.

Our first event took place in the Walnut Hills/East Walnut Hills neighborhoods, along McMillan Street from Gilbert Avenue to Woodburn Avenue, and along Woodburn Avenue from McMillan Street to Madison Road (1 mile total). We had 25 activities along the route: gigantic chalk for drawing in the street, salsa dancing, belly dancing, double dutch jump roping, hula hoops, yoga, mural painting, corn hole, giant jenga, a scavenger hunt, and much more.

It was incredible.  I drive those streets all the time, but I have never seen them so vibrant and full of life. Hundreds of people, young and old, black and white, walking, riding bicycles, pushing strollers, talking, dancing, it was a beautiful sight.

Our next event will take place in Northside on August 24th. Be there.

Monday, April 7, 2014

The Cincinnati Bike Show

This past thursday was the first ever Cincinnati Bike Show, hosted by the UC Bike Kitchen, part of the University of Cincinnati's Office of Sustainability. The public was invited to bring bikes of all types to be displayed, and then we all voted for prize winners in categories like: gnarliest bike, best vintage bike, best custom/specialty bike, fastest looking bike, most comfortable looking bike, best bike name etc.

It was great to see so many new faces in the crowd, as well as so many awesome bikes.

1966 Schwinn Lil Chick

The Boyfriend's tall bike

Mia Arter's "Veloce" - Used as the getaway vehicle at her wedding

Pristine condition 1982 BMX race bike, valued at $10,000

Charlie Brown's custom build, "Goose"

Custom Surleys from Bicycles & More

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Octopus ArtRack

I drive past the School for Creative and Performing Arts everyday on my way to work, and a few days ago I noticed this colorful new sculpture out front. Of course my first thought was, "I bet you could lock a bike to that!" I went over today to investigate, and after accosting some high school students I learned that it is indeed a bike rack! I'm assuming it's an ArtWorks ArtRack, but no plaque has been installed yet so I can't be sure. Each of the six tentacles has a unique colored icon at the top: a sun, a molecule, a heart, an apple, a moon, and a brain. It'll be interesting to learn the meaning behind the symbols.

I didn't have a bike with me to try it out, but it appears that the holes in the tentacles are varied enough in size and location that the rack should be easily usable with either a U-lock or a cable lock on any type of bicycle frame. I can't wait to see it filled up with bikes this spring!

Octopus ArtRack at the School for the Creative and Performing Arts

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Central Parkway Unicycler

Saw this guy riding on Central Parkway between Sam Adams and Brighton - totally made my day! Anyone know who he is or what the scoop is on the bike? It was the largest unicycle I've ever seen; it kind of looked like it was crafted out of a mountain bike tire.