Since gaining nonprofit status in January, local cycling advocacy group Yay Bikes! has shifted in high gear. When I spoke with director Meredith Joy on Friday, she mentioned that the group has been awarded a major monetary grant to launch a safety initiative for cyclists at Ohio State.

Now the news is even better.

All paperwork has been signed, and Yay Bikes! will receive $150,000, Joy said in a voicemail message earlier today. The funds are coming from the Ohio Department of Transportation and the Ohio Deptartment of Public Safety.

The program will tackle the following objectives:

- Conducting bike-safety education and training - Promoting awareness and share-the-road principals - Evaluating the effectiveness of bike training and education on high-crash corridors and intersections - Developing a toolkit and manual that can be distributed to all Ohio universities

Check out my interview with Joy in the May 19 issue of Alive.

(This blog was updated from its original form to specify that the grant has been signed. Previously, the post said that Yay Bikes! was awaiting paperwork to move forward.)