January 20, 2013

Year of Yay 13.1 - Recap!


The first Year of Yay ride of 2013 was a smashing success. Almost 60 cyclists attended the event which meant that we split into two groups for the first time.

A view from the heavens of a large portion of the group.

The route was 21 miles and we stopped at three different bakeries:


I'll have to admit. I had no idea where we were or where we were going at the beginning. Thankfully, we had a lot of experienced cyclists and after a few turns here and there, we arrived at Audino's Italian Bakery at Clara Ave. and 11th Ave.
Pointing the way to the bakery.
Hello Audino's!
From there, our next leg of the journey was almost 10 miles! It was like any old ride - a lot of pedaling but seeing areas of Columbus from a different perspective. And it was totally worth it when we arrived at Resch's Bakery at Livingston Avenue and Yearling Rd. 
Hello Resch's!
Should I also get white cake? the weary cyclist thought.
The last stop was relatively nearby at 3.5 miles away. We went to the heart of Bexley to Drexel Avenue and Main Street to stop at Cherbourg Bakery.
Hello Cherbourg!
We know the secrets to the recipes now. Shh!
While some people carried on to Jury Room, I headed back to Goodale Park with most of the group. I ended up riding 34.5 miles over 3.5 hours. I was certainly glad to have had the opportunity to carbo load during the ride.

Keep an eye out for the next Year of Yay ride on February 16.

[Note: All of the photographs were taken by Bill Ferriot for Yay Bikes! You can see the full set of photographs on Facebook here. Ray George also took photographs of the ride which can be seen on Flicker here. Permission is required for re-use.]

January 8, 2013

How To Ride The Bus

With the name of Biking Columbus, I'm surprised I haven't told you how to ride the bus yet.


  1. Use Google to find out some route options. Be sure to click the "Transit" direction to get the list.
  2. Pay your fare. I really like the two-trip tickets but check COTA's website for more about fare/pass information.
  3. I like sitting on the left side of the bus. Potholes seem to be more likely on the right side of the road than the left side. Be aware: even on the left side you won't be forget you're on a bumpy bus ride.
  4. Bring something to do. Remember that you're not driving so you can do whatever you want to.
  5. Pull the chord to indicate that you're getting off. A successful tug will result in a ring and a voice saying "Stop Requested"
I think the last step is the hardest. Sometimes it's hard to know how closely the stops are spaced and the voice announcing the next stops doesn't always announce all of the stops.

A map showing all the potential stops of #3. (Click here for Fusion Table)
I've been working on updating my unofficial COTA map. I've wanted to add filters so that it's easy to filter out a certain route. For the more adventurous, you can experiment with the above Fusion Table here


To filter out routes, click "Filter -> Routes" and choose a route number. The best notation is Numeric symbol + route number + colon. So if you wanted to see all the stops on Route 2 you would use #2: and get this:

The line displayed is the longest shape.
It's not much but if you're using an express route and have no idea where the stops are, this may help you when you're ready to get off the bus.

January 7, 2013

COTA Jan 2013 Changes


Today is the first day of the COTA schedule changes. For more information, check out COTA's January 2013  Service Change Book. To check out me being a sour puss, check out my post regarding the bus stop consolidation project for the #3 .

Funny cat video of the day:

December 21, 2012

A lone video

Have a great holiday everyone!

Ma Bicyclette - Andrew Huang Ft. Side pony nation:

December 20, 2012

The Winter Cometh 2012

Last year, I stopped biking after Thanksgiving. It was unkind for my figure but the bus got me to and from work just fine.

Columbus weather forecast. Source: weather.com
Snow and cold rain are cyclists worst enemies. It looks like my bike season is quickly coming to a close with holiday/vacation coming up. At 2600+ miles, it's been a pretty successful year in biking.

Cool dry ice bubble video of the day:
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