Wintertime is here, which means that Bicycle Santa may be spotted in your community!
In Cincinnati, we bicyclists have some emerging holiday traditions to get us out on our bikes. Keep your eyes peeled for that special seasonal celebrity, Bicycle Santa! He will be out on the streets and at bike events throughout December. Keep on the lookout! We encourage you to post your pics of Bicycle Santa on our Facebook Page.
There are some great holiday events coming up! Check them out!
Queen City Bike Holiday Party
Monday Dec 2nd at 6:30PM at Roebling Point Books and Coffee
Instead of our traditional monthly meeting,we are celebrating all of our year’s accomplishments with a party. Come down to Covington for live music by Lagniappe, hot drinks, books galore, and great company! Continue reading
Electric-assisted Bicycle (e-bike) Commuting
My e-bike makes it a pleasure for me to commute for work, a ride of about 14 miles from Pleasant Ridge to Milford. I like to bike two or three days per week in warm weather, and one or two days per week most weeks in the winter. When I bike to work I look forward to the morning ride and to the trip home in the evening.
Ray and his e-bike
My wife, Leah, and I have hybrid trail bikes we use mostly for rides on bike trails. For commuting and shopping trips and such, we have e-bikes.
Typical e-bikes have front or rear hub motors, a battery pack, and wiring that includes a throttle system. Inexpensive e-bike systems, available for a few hundred dollars, use cheaper batteries and are best for trips under ten miles. More expensive systems, ranging from $1000 to $3000, have greater range and power. I have also looked at reasonably priced gas-motor assist systems, but they were too noisy, finicky, and smelly for my liking. Battery-powered systems are relatively quiet and easy to maintain. I’ve seen a few other e-bikes and e-trikes around Cincinnati, so they are becoming more common. Continue reading
Want to encourage bicyclists to attend your community event? Queen City Bike Valet is a great answer to finding enough secure bike parking for festivals, fairs, concerts, sporting and other outdoor events. Bike Valet is convenient and easy to use: we set up a secure area and watch attendees’ bikes for them while they enjoy themselves.
Bike Valet not only makes your bicycling attendees feel specially taken care of, but you are encouraging alternative transportation to your event, as well as freeing up valuable parking spaces for even more guests.
Pricing for your event varies based on the size and scale (Discounts for non-profits, churches, and schools). For more information about rates and to reserve Bike Valet for your event please contact Nern at 513-205-3059 or Nern@QueenCityBike.com.
Upcoming Events featuring a Bike Valet:
We made it!
The total number of 18 riders throughout our trip we covered over 70 miles up to Morgan’s Riverside Campground and back to Newtown OH.
Our bike gypsy camp in the woods
We had among our ranks 3 youngsters, one recumbent, one trumpet, one banjo, and two bike trailers. We had experienced bike tourers riding along with some who had never ridden more than ten miles in a day. You can look forward to another QCB Member camping trip this spring, probably in either April or June. We had such a great time, we can’t wait to travel more miles together in the future!
A simple, practical city bike with carrying capacity and an upright riding postion
Want to bring a bike into your life?
I often get asked about where to get a good used bike for a good price by folks eager to get going on two wheels, and the answer, unfortunately, is not that simple these days. The first bike I owned as an adult was an old raleigh road bike bought from the thrift store for $15. You’d be lucky to find that deal now. Even thrift stores are discovering the value of a good bicycle and raising their prices. This article is my hope to help you find the best bike for your money in Greater Cincinnati.
So let’s start with the basics. What is a good bike worth?
Queen City Bike was honored to attend a special awards ceremony at Ethel Taylor Academy in Millvale yesterday. Students grades 3-5 who passed their Ohio Achievement Assessment were awarded with a new bike. Seventy three excited students were recipients. They also got a helmet thanks to Childrens Hospital, and fruit provided by Groundwork Cincinnati/Mill Creek. The bikes were made available through the Soaring Hawks Foundation and a matching grant from Union Savings Bank.
Delta Avenue between Columbia Parkway and Erie Avenue (excluding the Square) is scheduled to be repaved in early 2014. Delta Avenue currently has two lanes in each direction (a 10-foot travel lane and an 18-foot shared travel/parking lane).
The Department of Transportation and Engineering (DOTE) is considering a new lane configuration that would include:
- one 10-foot travel lane in each direction;
- a center two-way left turn lane;
- bicycle lanes; and
- on-street parking on both sides of the street.
This configuration is very similar to what was recently installed on Madison Road between Woodburn Avenue and O’Bryonville. DOTE believes that this street design would provide many safety benefits for motorists, pedestrians, and people riding bicycles.
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The business case for bicycling sounds obvious to sustainability enthusiasts. However, making it stick requires a generous leap of faith or two. We need to first make the case that an employer should have any opinion at all about how employees get to work. Then, we must also consider why it might be in employers’ best interests to invest in employee bicycling by providing bike racks, changing rooms and showers, or even offering financial incentives to employees who ride. Continue reading
Riverside Drive Bike Lanes: What Do They Really Mean For the East End?
Riding along the Ohio River is one of Cincinnati’s most beautiful bike rides… and did we mention it’s flat?
The Riverside Drive Bike Lanes Project has been in the works since before I started as Executive Director of Queen City Bike almost two years ago. And in those two years it has been one of my favorite stories to tell about bike and pedestrian advocacy work in Cincinnati. It is a sign of real progress. A Cincinnati neighborhood brought it’s concerns with speeding traffic through the heart of their neighborhood to the City and they worked together to come up with solution. I was present at the community council meetings where residents spoke respectfully with each other, DOTE representatives, and City Council members to decide what would be the best for the East End. When construction on I-471 and a gas main replacement project by Duke Energy delayed the new street design a total of two years, the community patiently awaited to celebrate this hard-earned calmer and much more pedestrian-oriented street.