Posted in bicycling, Columbus, Cycling, everyday wardrobe, Short North, slow bicycle movement, tagged Artistic, bicycling, bikes, cbus, chic, commute, cycling, Livable, slow bicycle movement on July 31, 2012 | 2 Comments »
Posted in Artistic, beauty, bicycling, Columbus, communities, Cycling, Downtown, Downtown Columbus, Paradise Garage, spoke cards, Street Shark Sprint Series, women, tagged Artistic, bicycling, bikes, cbus, chic, cycling, feminine, Livable, Street Shark Sprint Series, women on July 22, 2012 | 1 Comment »
Evenings like last night made me thankful I live in this city. Well over sixty bikers ranging of all backgrounds and riding levels, met up at Paradise Garage to partake in a summer series of sprint races, started up by friend and fellow bike lover – Andy Willis.
When we all got to the destination, I just took a moment and looked all around at all the beautiful people, dusk moving over the city like it was our personal background for this event and the happiness that summer puts on people’s faces.
Brackets of men and women are randomly selected and it dwindles down to the fastest man and woman and holy hell – there were some ridiculously fast riders. I happily lost immediately. It was exhilarating to say the least. You stay in one gear and pedal like holy hell. I took up residence at the finish line and began to photo the evening. I eventually stopped ‘trying’ to take motion shots w/ my camera b/c I kept missing the damn riders as they zoomed passed me at warp speed.
A bit blurry but that’s Julian – the music man!
Emily – our ‘Vanna White’ of the evening
The night couldn’t have been better if I ordered it.
The crowd swelled at the finish line awaiting the final round.
Andy and Lauren. Lauren’s so fast that even at standstill she’s blurry <3
Posted in bicycling, Columbus, Columbus Bike Fest, Cycling, Downtown, Downtown Columbus, slow bicycle movement, Trek Store, Waterfire, tagged Artistic, beauty, bicycling, bikes, cbus, columbus bike fest, commute, genoa park, Livable, slow bicycle movement, Trek Store, waterfire on July 16, 2012 | 2 Comments »
Hundreds and hundreds of bike riders gathered at Genoa Park on Friday to celebrate… bikes! Such a perfect evening. Wasn’t too hot. Bike riders of all ages, all sizes, and all colors came out to support Consider biking and how awesome bikes are. Talk about a vibrant and livable downtown on Friday. With Bike Fest, Food Cart Fest, and Firewater happening, thousands of folks peppered the downtown streets. Distances of 10-20 miles around all pockets of the city. There’s nothing like exploring your own city or exploring a new city, on a bike.
The ride ended back at Genoa Park where Waterfire took place which was really beautiful. I did not ride this year as I was happy to stay back and ‘hold down the fort.’ I ran into a few friends and had the most splendid, spntaneous evening. I mean, how can you beat: bikes, summer, friends, waterfire, sunset, and laughter. You can’t.
Enjoy the photos and keep riding.
Nothing helps like loads of volunteers to help keep an event running smoothly! Thank you, volunteers!
What a guy he is! Talk about super advocate! Very lucky to know this man.
I can’t say anything more except: I. LOVE. TREK.
I LOVE this photo!
Awesome friends I ran into!
The Mayor participated after finishing up the bike ride.
I love summer
Posted in Artistic, beauty, bicycling, Columbus, Cycling, Downtown, Fashion, Livable, Short North, slow bicycle movement, women, tagged Artistic, beauty, bicycling, bikes, cbus, chic, cycling, fashion, feminine, Livable, slow bicycle movement, women on July 15, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
Thursday afternoon commutes. Love seeing more and more women riding.
classic cycle chic right here!
Posted in bicycling, bike racks, bike-friendly businesses, Cafe Brioso, Columbus, communities, Cycling, Downtown, Downtown Columbus, Pedestrians, public spaces, women, tagged Artistic, bicycling, Bike Racks, bike-friendly businesses, bikes, cafe brioso, cbus, chic, commute, cycling, Downtown Columbus, fashion, feminine, Livable, slow bicycle movement, women on July 12, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
I try to schedule a lot of my meetings at Cafe Brioso. It’s central, the staff are stellar, and it’s such a bike hub. If I want to see one of my biking friends, I usually just have to sit there for a bit until I see one of many of them – it’s a great thing.
For business owners who still sit on the fence about whether removing a parking space to accompany an in-street bike corral or some other bike-friendly treatment is too risky and ‘may’ take away from their business… it won’t. It’ll only attract foot traffic and pedal traffic and keep people ‘staying’ at your business. That’s essentially what you’re looking for, for people to ‘stay’ and spend money. When you have these comforts and these accommodations that many, many people are looking for and desire – word WILL get around. As a biker, my money is just as green as the car driver. That’s what makes Cafe Brioso so special. They don’t have an in-street bike corral… yet but, they sure are the beacon and a prime example of a successful business when you create it around people. You have to listen and observe what people want.
I ‘try’ to remain as positive as I can be writing on this blog. Sometimes, its difficult b/c if you knew me, you’d know that I’m cynical as all hell, especially when it comes to some of the stupid design infrastructure we’ve seen pop up around town not to mention the dumbass drivers whom I will continue to photo when I see them park themselves right in the middle of the pedestrian cross-walks.
This morning, I took great photos of bike riders which I will post another day. Today, I am posting another bike rider being bit b/c it’s important for human eyes to see these photos. Its important for people to know that not all of ‘us’ are assholes on bikes. That the majority of us DO follow the laws. I was right behind her. I was actually trying to catch up to her b/c I wanted to take a photo of her.. for this blog. I just wish the photos of her I currently have were under different circumstances.
The driver appeared to try to ‘beat’ her and turn left before she went through the light. The driver was completely at fault. The girl was pretty banged up, in a state of shock, etc. A bunch of us stayed w/ her until police and a bus came. I took these photos for her. I also walked her bike down to Paradise Garage to have them hold onto it as oppose to her bike being tossed into some back room at a police station.
Bike Columbus Fest is this Fri and Sat. After this festival, I’ll be organizing a project that I want as many people involved in as humanly possible. Mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, best friends, old people, young people, black, hispanic, gay, straight.. everyone. More details will come. On my way home, after the woman being hit, I was almost side-swiped. I caught up to the driver and told him to roll down his window to where I explained to him that he passed me too close. I deserve at least three feet and held out my arm to describe to him. He said, ‘I passed safely.’ I said, ‘both of your right side tires were still in my lane when you passed me, that is not safely passing me.’ He, of course rolled his window up and smirked. I said, ‘yeah.. its funny.’ It’s instances like these where myself and many, many other bike riders try to educate and do the right thing – following the rules and drivers just don’t give a shit. They’ve been driving for ‘so many years,’ they don’t need to be educated, they know all the rules. My boiling point is about hit. This project that I plan to do in the next 1.5 months will hopefully aid me and my anger and hopefully provide some catharsis for me. If anyone knows the woman in the photos below, please let me know. She told me her name, I gave her my card however, I can’t remember now.
Keep riding and ride safe.
The driver is behind her