Bike it Out!

Bike it Out!

Author: Alice Martin, Community Engagement Intern at Global Gifts Short North 

Bike to Work Day helps spread awareness about healthy places and resources we have in our communities. Hundreds of riders will participate in this event. May is national bike month and we are embracing it fully with a variety of bike themed fair trade items.

Staying active physically and mindfully is vital to a healthy life. Healthy living is definitely a priority that we take time to include in our mission here at Global Gifts. We promote healthy living for our artisans through fair trade by ensuring safe working conditions and meeting environmental standard. We aim to help our artisans; farmers and customers by selling fair trade products you can hold in your hearts forever. 

This bike chain snake that doubles as a bottle opener was handmade from the Noah’s Ark Int’l Exports artisan group in Moradabad, India. This particular group of artisans specializes in a variety of metal work. Through the selling of their products, artisans and their families gain benefits like education and medical treatment. Since 1986 there have been about twenty artisan workshops that gained financial independence through Fair Trade.

These fun cards were made from Kisumu Innovation Centre located in Kenya. From the city of Kisumu, 800,000 people live with high unemployment. Through purchasing these fair trade, organic products from them they are able to change focus toward income generation opportunities, and connecting artisans to global markets that have fair trade terms. Additional benefits include loans for school and emergencies, training, counseling, and product development.


Shaped from silver metal and copper wire these hand made earrings and pin come from the takataka collection in Kisumu, Kenya. Similar to the card above, these earrings and pin are made from all recycled materials. The producer of these handicrafts are young women in the Teenage Mothers and Girls Association, this association is joined with the Afrika Pamoja, which is a Kenyan social entrepreneurial project. There these women learn vocational skills including the art of craft making. Through the purchasing of these handcrafted items, they can continue to earn a living with the help of the program.

Friday May 19th Columbus bike riders will take a new route downtown to participate in Bike to Work Day. There are several pre-planned routes mapped out for convince and safety for the big ride. All routes will end at Columbus City Hall at 8:00AM for breakfast, announcements, and recognition to celebrate.

In Columbus, efforts are being made to encourage active alternatives. The transportation options have expanded to include walk-ability, bike-ability options throughout the community. With bike lanes throughout the down town area more people can ride for work and for fun and feel safe about it.

Along with the Bloomington biking to work on Bike to Work Day, they are celebrating this year by having a bike to work block party! Friends and family will enjoy a block party along Grant Street May 19th from 4pm and 7pm. All who register for Bike to Work Day will have a chance to win prizes. Bloomington hopes to raise bicycle awareness with the goal of limiting traffic, enhancing air quality, and improving health and fitness.

Indianapolis will be cycling to celebrate this year from 7am to 9am on Friday the 19th.  With refreshments provided, the event will be held in the City Markey East Plaza where Mayor Joe Hogsett will be speaking along with members of the Indianapolis cycling community. Group rides have been organized by friends at CIBA and Indy Bike Trains, departure times and distances are set up on the map HERE for the convenience of bikers.

The cities of Columbus, Indianapolis, and Bloomington want businesses to embrace the bike culture that is already in these areas and encourages citizens to find ways to make this culture their own.

Healthy living starts with you, so love yourself! Take time to relax and enjoy the ride.


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