StoryTale bike tours celebrate the cultural richness and diversity of Columbus with storytelling and notable speakers. By raising the voices of those who have made a postive impact through their labor, art, teaching, and hertiage, the tours illuminate their contributions, both past and present. Designed to be interesting and inspiring, the bike tour traverses Columbus at a comfortable pace, stopping to listen and appreciate both places and people.
The ride is a suitable for beginners. The pace is a slow roll and the route not too difficult. Prior to riding, we will have a brief safety overview. Bring your phone or camera to take lots of pictures!
Guides: Our guides are experienced cyclists and certified tourism ambassadors (CTA).
Art Destinations: Schiller Park (Suspension: Balancing Art, Nature, Culture) ; Ohio Judicial Center (In-Principle & In-Practice);
Friends of Schiller Park will lead a tour of Suspension: Balancing Art, Nature, and Culture. This includes 17 sculptures on exhibit throughout the park. Participants will discover the wealth of meaning contained within the sculptures by using the Elements of the Structure, as well as the vision fo the artist, Jerzy Kediziora.
Malcolm Cochran has created large-scale sculptures, installations, and site-specific public art since the late 1970s. His projects often develop in response to a particular place or location; other works are more introspective and originate in personal circumstances and events. Cochran has no primary medium or signature form, but strong threads run through his work: the importance of place and a strongly implied human presence are central to many of the pieces, and the works often imply narrative possibilities.
Kristine S. Boggs is the state representative for the 18th District of the Ohio House of Representatives. The district includes portions of Columbus, as well as Bexley and Grandview Heights in Franklin County. Boggs was born and raised in Ashtabula, Ohio, and is the daughter of Robert Boggs, a former member of the Ohio House of Representatives, Democratic Leader in the Ohio Senate, as well as a former Director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture. She attended Kent State University before joining the Americorps. Following her time with the Americorps, Boggs attended the Cleveland Marshall College of Law, and subsequently worked as an Ohio Assistant Attorney General for nearly ten years. She focused on a number of issues, including predatory lending and fair wages for workers. She is a resident of the Italian Village.
Bikes: You may bring your own bike and helmet, or we can supply them FREE. Indicate if you need a bike or helmet when you register. Our bikes are easy-to-ride, 7-speed cruiser models. They are sanitized.
Helmets Required: All riders must wear a fastened bike helmet. No exceptions.
Meet Location: Outdoor Pursuits (1193 S. Front Street, Columbus, OH 43206)
Ride Distance: Exact distance yet to-be-determined (5-7 miles).
Tour Duration: 2.5 hours
COVID-19 Safety: Bring a face mask. Physical distancing is maintained during the ride. Although a face mask is not required while you ride, it is useful when we stop for stories. The tour is limited to 10 people. If you reserve a bike and helmet with us, they are sanitized.
Cancellation: If unsafe weather is occurring or imminent (thunderstorms, lightning, torrential rain) the tour will be rescheduled.
Refunds: If we cancel the ride, we will provide you with a full refund. We do NOT provide refunds for "no-shows".