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‘Opening Day On The Trails Challenge”

January 15, 2016

CONTACT: Wade Johnston, Regional Trails Coordinator, or 513.541.1538, @TriStateTrails –


Cincinnati, OH – The Cincinnati Reds won’t be the only ones celebrating Opening Day this spring.  Green Umbrella’s Tri-State Trails announced today the region’s first Opening Day on the Trails Challenge will take place on April 16, 2016. The event is part of a national kickoff to the spring outdoors season organized by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.

The Trails Challenge will take place over a seven-week period overlapping with National Bike Month (May). Tri-State Trails will encourage individuals and families to explore the region’s trails by offering prizes to participants who complete the challenge.  The challenge will conclude with an award ceremony on National Trails Day, June 4, 2016.

Opening Day on the Trails Challenge is fueled by a $25,000 grant from Interact for Health.  “Interact’s vision is to make Cincinnati the healthiest region in the country,” said Megan Folkerth, program officer of physical activity environments at Interact for Health.  “We believe the Opening Day on the Trails Challenge will motivate people to explore our region’s trails and incorporate more physical activity into their daily lives.”

“Continued support from Interact for Health for this challenge represents growing momentum for Tri-State Trails and bicycling overall in Greater Cincinnati,” said Frank Henson, chair of Tri-State Trails and President of Queen City Bike.  “In addition to current trail users, we’re using this challenge as an opportunity to engage new users for trails.”

Tri-State Trails will publish more information, including the kickoff event details, requirements of the challenge, featured group hikes and bike rides, and an online interactive trail finder map on Green Umbrella’s in the spring.

The Opening Day on the Trails Challenge will be the first of three events in Green Umbrella’s 2016 signature outdoor recreation series.  Kids Outdoor Adventure Expo will be held on July 22 at Winton Woods, and Great Outdoor Weekend will be held on September 24 and 25 at various locations around the region.


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‘Mobile Cyclist’ Explores Cincinnati’s Growing Bike Culture


The growth of Cincinnati’s bike culture has attracted national and even international attention over recent months. While much of the attention has been paid to the growth in ridership and use of Red Bike, less focus has been on the more intangible growth of the various support industries and groups helping fuel the change.

In the third episode of Mobile Cyclist, a web-based TV series focused on bicycling culture across the United States, host Anthony Barr explores the Queen City. In the nearly 13-minute video Barr takes viewers to a collection of bicycle friendly destinations that help shed some light on the region’s bike scene.

He first stops at Velocity Bike & Bean in Florence, where he tries some coffee and talks to the owners. Then he visits the Cincinnati Bike Center at Smale Riverfront Park to discuss how it operates, and how its bike rental services differ from those offered by Red Bike. Following that, Barr stops to speak with the ever-present Frank Henson from Queen City Bike, before making his way to Element Cycles in Hyde Park to check out their art work and bamboo bikes.

The last stop on his tour takes him to Fifty West Brewing where he learns about the Little Miami Scenic Trail and Oasis Trail, along with their bicycle friendly brew called Radler.

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QCB Executive Director Job Description

Executive Director, Queen City Bike

Queen City Bike, the bicycle advocacy organization for Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana, is seeking an Executive Director. The Executive Director represents QCB to the public, local businesses and government agencies in many ways: leading presentations, setting up events, hands-on instruction for children and adults, participating with other groups, gathering success stories from bike advocacy groups around the country, and managing established programs like Bike Month. The ED for Queen City Bike is the champion  for a healthy, active, environmentally responsible lifestyle as a direct benefit tied to Greater Cincinnati’s bicycling movement.

The Executive Director reports to an active Board of Directors, and works in concert with the President of the Board. The position is part time (average 30 hours/week).

About Queen City Bike:

Queen City Bike is a bicycle advocacy 501(c)(3) with a mission to create strong and active communities by promoting the bicycle as a safe, accessible, and low-stress choice for everyday transportation. We build support for bicycling infrastructure, policy, education, and culture using a grassroots approach that works closely with community organizations, local leaders, and citizens to make our streets safer for all users.

Executive Director Responsibilities:


  • Build and sustain relationships with allied businesses and organizations via shared goals, financial or in-kind support, Research, write, and manage grant applications to sustain and grow QCB’s annual budget.
  • Work with the Board to grow attendance, membership and income generated from events including but not limited to Bike Valet and Bike Month.
  • Manage membership retention and growth.


  • Facilitate monthly membership meetings and provide progress reports to the Board and membership.
  • Respond to inquiries from prospective new members and financial sponsors.
  • Serve as point of contact for media requests.
  • Update website and social media.
  • Continue and expand QCB’s consultation services with Groundwork Cincinnati / Mill Creek and the Regional Trails Alliance.
  • Work with President and Board to prepare the annual report.

    Legislative Support

  • Build and maintain strong relationships with local and state DOTE Bike Programs.
  • Participate in meetings with alliance organizations.
  • Build and maintain relationships with legislators; be knowledgeable about relevant legislation
  • Send email Action Alerts to the Board, sponsors, and membership on bicycle transportation projects and advocacy campaigns.
  • Facilitate implementation of  bicycling infrastructure and policy through local city and regional plans
  • Support and champion local, state, and national bicycle campaigns with partner organizations such as The League of American Bicyclists, The Alliance for Biking and Walking, and Safe Routes to School.

    Education and Programming

  • Manage the Bike Friendly Destinations Program.
  • Coordinate with the Cincinnati Bike Center to hold Bike With Confidence Classes.
  • Coordinate with The NKY Health Department and other partner organizations to run the Queen City Blinkies Program.
  • Lead bike safety and bike commuting lectures and classes.


Our ideal candidate should be a current bicycle commuter and passionate about bicycle transportation.  The applicant must have excellent communications skills, a flexible personality, be a confident and persuasive public speaker, skill in project management, and experience coordinating and motivating volunteers. Experience with blogging, grant writing, and community organizing is preferable.

How To Apply:

To apply, submit your resume and a one-page cover letter to Board President, Frank Henson, at We welcome and encourage candidates who represent and can work with people of many different backgrounds.






You know you’re at a Bicycle Friendly Destination when…

…A receptionist holds open the door for you as you roll your bike into the building.


Levi with a full rack of bike parking at Epipheo

This is the wonderful treatment I received at a meeting at Longworth Hall today (and the receptionist watched over my bike too!). The beautiful historic rail warehouse is certainly not stuck in the past. We were treated to a tour of the building which houses numerous local businesses. Two of the tenants,  Dot Loop and Epipheo, have done some incredible things to support bicycling and their biking employees.

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What you need to know in case of a bike crash

It is important to know what to remember in a crash before you are in one.

First, Know Your Rights:

Do you know the bike laws? Both state and local laws protect you in a crash.

You can download Cincinnati’s Pocket Guide To Bike Laws here.

For State Laws and safe bicycling practices see:

Ohio Bicycling Street Smarts

Kentucky Bike Laws

Indiana Bike Laws

After a Crash, Be Sure To:

  • Seek Medical Attention. You may not realize how injured you are in the confusion of a crash.
  • Call the police. Insist that the police come to the crash site and file a report. Request a copy of the crash report from the officer.
  • Collect information. Get drivers license numbers, insurance card info, license plate (especially in the case of a hit-and-run), witness name and contact info, document injuries and damage with photos, keep your medical documents and receipts.
  • Consider Legal Action. You may want to take legal action. You also may want to speak with a lawyer before speaking with an insurance company. Legal options may include criminal prosecution or suing an offender. For more assistance with legal matters, please write us at

Reporting a Crash

Report both bicycle crashes and incidents of harassment with the City of Cincinnati here. Choose the “Bicyclist Incident” option in the right hand column.

Report any incidents with METRO buses AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Be sure to record

  1. Day and time
  2. Location
  3. Direction Traveling
  4. Bus # and/or route number/name
  5. Detailed description of what happened

Please send this information to
Sallie Hilvers at or 513-632-7681
or Jill Dunne at or 513-632-7568.

E-Bikes, A Perfect Fit for Many Cincinnatians

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

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

Queen City Bike Valet


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

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Upcoming Events featuring a Bike Valet:


The BEST Way To Get A Used Bike for Urban Exploration


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?

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Together, We’re Lighting Up The Night.

Do you need bike lights? View an updated schedule of installations here.


A young man is excited about getting new bike lights.

Queen City Blinkies is a program started in September of 2012 to install front and rear bike lights for free on the bikes of cyclists riding in the tri-state communities of Greater Cincinnati with the purpose of making urban cycling in Greater Cincinnati immediately safer. As of today, the Blinkies Program has installed 1,000 sets of bike lights and is planning on installing another 1,000 sets of lights this fall. Continue reading

Always Forward

1014325_10151515000218697_2029791177_nAfter a intense and invigorating spring, Queen City Bike has been doing some re-focusing and strategizing post-bike month about how to extend the energy generated from Bike Month into communities across the region. And just like the humble bicycle, we may not always be the fastest moving organization, but we keep making steady progress. Even if it sometimes does feel like a slow climb uphill, looking back on the progress we have already made is inspiring.

Within 3-5 years Queen City Bike hopes to accomplish these goals: Continue reading