Now in its eighth year, the Bike The C-Bus citywide bike tour, organized by local bicycling advocacy group Yay Bikes!, offers people of all levels and abilities an organized group ride that takes them through much of the Columbus metro area. While our amount of bicycling this year has not been up to our liking due to numerous factors, my spouse and I couldn't resist taking the two-wheeled tour of the area on this Labor Day weekend.
As it turned out, the roughly 560 riders who attended this year's well-organized event (along with the regular roughly 30-mile ride around the metro, 60 participants rode in the event's first ever metric century ride) were in high spirits on what was a very warm and humid, but otherwise perfect, day for a jaunt around the metro.
|Some of the pre-ride sights in front of the Lincoln Theater in the |
King-Lincoln neighborhood; this area on Long Street
would host both the pre- and post-ride festivities
|The first of several waves of riders pedals off to ride through the metro.|
|Early on, we got a taste of what most weekday downtown commuters do not|
get to experience: low traffic volume on the outbound North 4th Street.
|The Bike The C-Bus took riders close to numerous area|
landmarks, including this sports-based trio of
Huntington Park, the Shoe, and Mapfre Stadium.
|The first ride rest stop took place at the Clintonville Community Market,|
who offered cold, refreshing fruit-infused waters for riders
|Land Grant Brewing in Franklinton played host to another rest stop; water|
was available, but some decided to grab a cold one instead.
|As it turned out, we found ourselves riding with different riders|
throughout the day due to the various rest stops, traffic light
timing, and the varying but mainly leisurely paces.
|Other rest stops were found in Dennison Place/The Circles and |
the Olde Towne East neighborhoods. These stops were hosted
by Endocrinology Associates and the
Olde Towne East Neighborhood Association, respectively.
|The familiar Columbus skyline and the State Capitol were easily|
seen during the jaunt, along with a statue of a dude who probably
preferred two beers over two wheels (King Gambrinus).
|After a journey through the Franklin Park and Near East Columbus|
neighborhoods, riders finished the tour to find a selection of
food trucks (including Paddy Wagon, Tatoheads, Los Potosinos
and Betty Bev's Food Angels) and beer from Elevator Brewing.
Bike the C-Bus Bicycle Tour of Columbus
Held annually in September via Yay Bikes!
82 E. 16th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43201
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