Car Less Ohio

Promoting the bicycling lifestyle in The Buckeye State

Monthly Archives: December 2008

Cincinnati adopts Citywide Bicycle Plan

Bloggers and bike news sites in Southwestern Ohio have been abuzz lately with the news that the city council of Cincinnati recently approved funds for the first Citywide Bicycle Plan in 32 years. Details on the city’s current bike program and facilities can be found here, including a downloadable map of bike rack locations in the city.

Get Your "Share The Road" License Plates

Since 2005, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles has offered a “Share The Road” special license plate option for Ohio drivers. Funds from the registration of these plates are used for publication of the valuable bicycling safety pamphlet, Ohio Bicycling Street Smarts. A history of the Share The Road plate program, as well as instruction for how to obtain your plate, can be found on this Ohio Bicycle Federation web page.

Athens and Southeast Ohio Bicycle Maps

The Cycle Path bike shop has produced a Bicycle Commuter Map of Athens, Ohio that can be downloaded and printed. There is also a four-part Southeast Ohio Bicycle Map available that shows routes and road conditions for Athens County and Meigs County, as well as parts of surrounding counties. The Athens Bicycle Club web site has information on how to order this map by mail, as well as a list of area businesses where this map can be obtained in person.

Get Your FREE Stickers!

Our stickers have arrived, and you can get yours for free! Go to our FREE Stickers! request page to see how to get them.

Each sticker is made of high-quality vinyl, and measures 5.5 inches wide by 1.42 inches high. Sticker

The sticker comes in black-and-white as shown, and is perfect for your bike, car, briefcase, skateboard, scooter, refridgerator, or just about any smooth surface! Sticker

The sticker comes in black, white, and red as shown. Put one on your bike, or even on your car and see who appreciates the irony!

Dayton-area officials look to rehabilitate local rail-trail

Some sections of the corridor of the former Dayton, Lebanon & Cincinnati Railroad are being used as part of the local bike trail network; others form a storm drainage system, and still other parts are under-utilized. Local officials have securing funding to repair a quarter-mile section of the current bike path, but seek funds to rehabilitate more of the corridor for use for biking and hiking. Read the full story at the Dayton Daily News.

Sign the Rails-To-Trail Conservancy's Petition

The Rails-To-Trail Conservancy has created an online petition to our president-elect and congressional leaders, encouraging them to provide explicit funding for biking and walking in the economic recovery package.

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy will deliver the petition with your name and the many others who believe that balance is critical to our nation’s transportation system.

It’s easy to sign the petition. Just visit:

Forward this link to your like-minded friends!

Studded Tires are Awesome!

Last Monday, after much deliberation, I ordered some Schwalbe Marathon Winter studded snow tires for my bike. I’ve always just used wide knobby mountain bike tires, and I figured if I was going to commute through the winter, I would need them. I was unsure if I did the right thing by ordering the tires, then on Tuesday I wiped out in the parking lot at work in front of my boss. I did the right thing! Fast forward one week, I was eagerly waiting for the tires to arrive. UPS came and went; no tires. Well, I ended up staying later because other scheduled plans later this week, and luckily I did; the tires arrived FedEx!

Of course, I immediately installed the tires. Let me start off by saying that I am a big fan of fat tires and these are not. They are 26″x1.75″, and most companies’ tires run narrow. I used a digital caliper to accurately measure them and much to my surprise, the came out to a whopping 1.77″.

After work I had to run some errands, so I was more than happy to try out the new tires. I had a 3 mile ride to my stop, 2 of which were uphill. The tires were pretty noisy, which I figured they would be, since there was a couple hundred steel studs hitting the ground, but they still rolled pretty smoothly. At this point, the roads were dry. Schwalbe recommends that on dry pavement you run maximum pressure, which is 70 psi, and when it’s icy, run minimum air pressure, which is 30 psi. They also suggest 20 to 40 miles of hardpack riding to set the studs firmly in the tire. After my errand, I headed home, and I had about 8 miles to go. A mile into the ride the wind started to blow and the rain started; after another couple miles the rain tuned to sleet, which felt like I was getting sandblasted. By the time I started to descend back into the valley, I was in a ful-on Ohio winter mess. Snow was accumulating on the road, the wind was blasting, and all this over ice. Got to love winter commuting in Ohio! The descent back home wasn’t even fun; I had to ride the brakes (thank you disc brakes), then I was worried that the cars around me were going to lose control and crush me. Finally, I arrived home in one piece, and you know what? The tires never lost traction. I made a wise choice!

Big Dummy with Marathon Winter by you.

Pancakes, and Greyhounds

I haven’t posted in a few days because of Turkey day, and I really have been lazy about commuting. On Sunday, I got up early to go to a pancake breakfast at the Moose lodge in Cuyahoga Falls. The plan was for Kevin to ride from his house, me to ride , and Sarah to drive form our place. Well, to make a long story short, I rode, and everyone else drove.

                        Pancake Breakfast by you.

  Luckily, I forgave Kevin quickly because I love pancakes, and I gave him a proper amount of harassment. The breakfast was in benefit of the Freedom Greyhound Rescue, and I hope it was a great success because the people were extremely nice and the food was great.

                        Pancake Breakfast by you.

                                          Pancake Breakfast by you.