The 13th Annual Marmots' Meander will replace our Social ride this year, on Saturday, February 7th, 2015.
Not sure you can (or want to) ride in the cold and snow? It's not as hard (or miserable) as you might think -- take a look at our Winter Riding Tips (and preview our chili recipe*), and join us on this free ride to give it a try!
We'll meet at OCBC after 10am, the ride leaves around 11am. Lunch* (back at OCBC) from 1pm to 3pm. This event is free (donations appreciated!), but please register here so we can plan for food and ride route leaders.
We'll ride through Tremont to the Clark Field sledding hill; stay for sledding and ski-biking, and return via Canal Rd. to look for groundhogs who might be out admiring their shadows. The route is about 7 mi. total**.
Helmets are required (loaners available), and mountain bikes are recommended. Bring any sleds, skis or snowboards you can carry (some loaners will be provided, and transported). Try out the newest Bike-Ski -- a ski that straps onto any bike's front tire. Bike-washing equipment and shop stands for drying and re-lubing will be available after the ride. Studded snow tires from OCBC's library are also available to try out.
* Hot Cider and Cocoa will be provided at the sledding hill; lunch is vegan Chili with meat and dairy on the side. Potluck side dishes and your own beverages are welcome!
** Some members will be carrying tools along, but this is an unsupported ride. Bring a lock if your bike will be unattended.
If there is snow (or just wet, salty roads) and you don’t want to crud up your nice bike, you can also reserve a rental bike – ready to accept a bike-ski, if you are feeling adventurous -- just email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If there is no snow, we’ll ride on past the hill to the Towpath trail and – if the ground is firm – stop by the Ohio Erie Canal mountain bike trail for a lap or two, and/or ride on south as far as we can get in an hour.
Whether you ride or not, you can still join the fun back at OCBC after 1pm for chili, camaraderie, and maybe even a bike-ski test ride, snow permitting. Please register here though, so we know how much chili to make.
This event is free and open to all, but of course donations are always appreciated to pay for food and heat, and to help fund our year-round bicycle education work. Please register here!
We're pleased to be joined at this year's Winter Expo by Jennifer Richmond, Director of Public Affairs & Communications for Coca-Cola North America Group to personally present a donation to OCBC Earn A Bike program. Here are the details, and some background, from our press release:
At the 7:30 intermission during the Winter Expo Fashion Show, OCBC Director Jim Sheehan and Board President Krissie Wells will accept a giant check from the Coca-Cola Foundation to fund a significant expansion of the group’s Earn A Bike program, which enables Cleveland area youth to gain bike repair and safe riding skills while they earn a donated, used bike that they help refurbish, along with a new helmet and lock.
“We’re excited to have Coca-Cola’s great support of the youth education program that OCBC was founded around, just at a time when we are ready for a major expansion; now that we have settled into our big new facility, added staff and an energetic core crew of key volunteers, and have established strong partnerships in the community,” said Sheehan.
“For 128 years Coca-Cola has brought people and communities together,” said Randy Cornette, Director of Sales and Marketing for Cleveland Coca-Cola Bottling Co. “Today, we’re continuing that tradition by building programs to promote energy balance and encourage active, healthy living. Through collaborative partnerships and programs, Coca-Cola is delivering more beverage choices, calorie information and physical activity opportunities than ever before. Through this Coca-Cola Foundation grant, we have an opportunity to make a real difference right here in Cleveland.”
About the Ohio City Bicycle Co-op
OCBC is a non-profit, volunteer-driven, cooperative bicycle education center offering riding and repair classes; refurbished used bikes for sale or rent; hands-on learning and shop credit for volunteering; and public bike-repair shop use, advice, and assistance.
Co-op membership includes discounts on these and more products and services, and -- along with grants and donations -- supports additional bicycle education programs presented with schools, businesses, social service agencies, and many other partners organizations.
About The Coca-Cola Company
The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is the world’s largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands. Led by Coca-Cola, one of the world’s most valuable and recognizable brands, our Company’s portfolio features 17 billion-dollar brands including Diet Coke,Fanta, Sprite, Coca-Cola Zero, vitaminwater, Powerade, Minute Maid, Simply, Georgia and Del Valle. Globally, we are the No. 1 provider of sparkling beverages, ready-to-drink coffees, and juices and juice drinks. Through the world’s largest beverage distribution system, consumers in more than 200 countries enjoy our beverages at a rate of 1.9 billion servings a day. With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, our Company is focused on initiatives that reduce our environmental footprint, support active, healthy living, create a safe, inclusive work environment for our associates, and enhance the economic development of the communities where we operate. Together with our bottling partners, we rank among the world’s top 10 private employers with more than 700,000 system associates. For more information, visit Coca-Cola Journey at www.coca-colacompany.com, follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/CocaColaCo, visit our blog, Coca-Cola Unbottled, at www.coca-colablog.com or find us on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/the-coca-cola-company.
About The Coca-Cola Foundation
Since its inception, The Coca-Cola Foundation has awarded more than $660 million to support global sustainable community initiatives, including water stewardship, women’s empowerment, active healthy living, and education. For more information about The Coca-Cola Foundation, please go tohttp://www.coca-colacompany.com/our-company/the-coca-cola-foundation.
Q: How’s the co-op doing? A: Much better, thank you!
OCBC is winding up 2014 with some great news – from several fronts -- about our prospects for a secure, sustainable financial future filled with wide-reaching programs to “help people use bikes.”
End-of-Season campaign raised $5,002!
First, it is my pleasure to thanks the 35 of you who donated to our End-of-Season campaign. We surpassed our goal of $5,000 (by $2!) at the Ghost Ride!, just before OCBC Board President Krissie Wells drew tickets for the incentive prizes: Cheryl Teare won the Scapegoat Cycleworks frameset, and Jim Kelley the OCBC membership. Thanks again to all who contributed!
Foundation funding pledged for Strategic Planning process in early 2015
OCBC has, since its inception, had many 'irons in the fire': our mission to “help people use bikes” is broad, and has really only been limited by our policy of not “lobbying” general advocacy positions for bike facilities or government policies. While we have urged you to speak up about infrastructure investments in our immediate neighborhood – like the Innerbelt or Columbus Rd. Bridges – we are happy that our advocacy partners at Bike Cleveland are doing that important work (and happy to help them with the education pieces – see the Social Ride and Central on Bikes items, below).
But, we still need to think carefully about where we focus our work most effectively, so we’re pleased to have significant support from the George Gund Foundation for a formal Strategic Planning process, to conduct interviews and hire a consultant to facilitate our work to guide the co-op’s future growth.
If you are interested in providing your input – as a member, volunteer, bike customer, or educational programming client (or just an interested observer) – please feel free to email us at email@example.com and we’ll put you on the list to contact for an “external scan” interview in the first few months of 2015.
Prospective Grant for Social Ride includes expert “tour guides” and Bike Cleveland advocacy education
OCBC has received a grant from the Cuyahoga Arts and Culture Commission to expand the scope of our Social Ride in 2015 to include participation by the Museum of Contemporary Art and Bike Cleveland. We look forward to partnering with these and many other of Cleveland's cultural institutions!
Central on Bikes collaboration with Bike Cleveland reaches hundreds in need of basic transportation
As part of the HEAL (Healthy Eating Active Living) initiative of Sisters of Charity and St. Vincent Hospital, OCBC and the Cleveland Metroparks Youth Outdoors program partnered with Bike Cleveland to present an Earn a Bike summer camp, two Fixathons, a school program and other outreach activities. The goal is to seed and support community bike projects in neighborhoods that are "bike-repair deserts." We look forward hopefully to expansion of this program in 2015, and creation of a locally-led bike program in Central!
$30,000 grant from Coca Cola to expand Earn A Bike program
Still the core of OCBC’s work, our Earn a Bike program, designed to provide children a sense of investment in a safe, reliable bike along with safe cycling education – and a new helmet and lock – has been funded by grants in some years, but not consistently. When it’s not, we’ve covered program expenses from our general operating budget (read: bike sales, and your donations!).
So, we are extremely pleased to announce that the Coca-Cola Foundation had generously committed to fund a major expansion of this program in 2015! Please join us to express our gratitude when their representatives join us for the formal announcement of this grant in a presentation (of, yes, one of those giant checks!) at the OCBC Winter Expo.