Cincinnati’s first bike sharing program could be up and running by this summer, said Mayor John Cranley and the program’s executive director on Friday.
Cranley had previously announced he would propose giving Cincy Bike Share $1.1 million in startup funds. Cincy Bike Share executive director Jason Barron said the city’s contribution should pave the way for private funders to write checks for the other half of the program’s startup costs.
“We have most of it in hand,” Barron said of the needed private contributions. “We think the mayor’s pledge is going to unlock those dollars. Without the mayor’s support, Bike Share wouldn’t be coming to Cincinnati this soon.”
Cincy Bike Share’s service is aimed at residents, downtown workers and tourists. People can rent a bike, ride it to another neighborhood and return it to a station where someone else can use it.
The program will start out with 35 stations and about 300 bikes in downtown, Over-the-Rhine and Uptown near the University of Cincinnati.
At a news conference on Friday, Cranley and biking activists also detailed the status of other off-road, paved bike trails. Cranley wants City Council to appropriate $200,000 for each, with future funding expected to be a mix of public and private dollars.
The city recently offered Norfolk and Southern, the railroad that owns the Wasson Way rail line, $2 million for the line. Cranley expects to get a counteroffer. He believes Wasson Way, which runs from Xavier University to the bike trail that runs along the Little Miami River, can be completed within five years.
“I think they are going to be willing to sell,” Cranley said of Norfolk Southern. “There’s a limit to how much we can pay for it. We’re comfortable paying them $2 million for it. There’s probably some room to move there.”
Among the strongest features of stress is the way it can convince you that you’re alone in your anguish—that the awful, unstable feeling is unique to you personally. However, the fact remains that everyone is influenced by stress sooner or later, whether in response to a perceived one or a real danger.
However, while stress starts to appear frequently in the lack of a genuine risk, it may have a negative effect on your mood, your physical well-being, mental wellbeing, and your relationships with others. A lot of individuals gain from seeking professional help, including psychotherapy or treatment, when stress starts to affect everyday life. They could also work with an integrative supplier to benefit from treatments including practical nourishment or botanical medicine or massage.
Whether you’re trying to get clinical treatment, there are a lot of matters you are able to do by yourself to feel better. Stress doesn’t have an on/off switch; instead, the selections you make can add as much as a heightened awareness of composure. Here are a few things that you can do:
At the centre of almost any mental work is knowledge: the ability to see what the causes were and what emotion is appearing. Knowledge is all about paying attention—it doesn’t require a particular attempt, merely a willingness to look at what’s occurring with an approach of friendliness and prudence.
So when a sense of tension appears, ask yourself: is there a real danger here? Do what you are able to in order to remove yourself from it when there’s. Then give yourself a pause from participating in the play when there’sn’t and instead see the energy of the feeling rise and pass away by itself. If the anxiety is overly mild, see what it feels like to sit together with the feeling rather than attempting to escape it. This may feel like hard work, but that’s ok—only keep renewing your obligation while being kind to yourself.
Occasionally stress appears in response to ideas that are problematic, like “I consider I’m a failure” or “Everyone is judging me.” Ask yourself when you become aware of stress originating from an idea: Is this believed accurate? Or is it a narrative I’m telling myself? Be frank about which particular ideas are derived from evidence that is real and which ones are just convincing because they feel” strong. (You might even need to write these ideas down so that you can reflect on them afterwards, when you’re feeling still.)
Occasionally this cycle can be triggered by our lifestyle options: drinking an excessive amount of caffeine, as an example, creates a physical reaction the head may correlate with stress, which can unleash a habitual tide of ideas that are troublesome.
By taking great care of your own body, this tripwire effect might be handled more efficiently. Restricting (or removing entirely) caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol from your diet plan is advocated by the majority of specialists. Integrating aware motion can additionally help ease a solid awareness of composure; an 2014 research review indicates that qigong could be an effective practice for reducing stress. Ensure great slumber by keeping a serene sleeping surroundings—keep computers, cell phones, and televisions out of the bedroom.
Make your space a serene space
Feelings and our dispositions in many cases are expressions of our setting, so developing a healing environment can help bring a feeling of happiness and serenity to our own lives. Below are some suggestions:
Paint your walls or purchase a comforter in a colour that you simply find soothing.
Spend some time near a window, or hang images of quiet landscapes, for example a tree blowing softly in the wind or a pond.
Have an “electronic equipment-free” space at which it is possible to sit, away from the sound of the tv and distraction of the net—both of which could occasionally be agitating. Discuss about it
Some gain from speaking with a therapist, though others may find comfort in sharing their feelings with an internet community or confiding in a close pal. Sure connections have a quantifiable effect on wellbeing and may behave as a buffer against anxiety and the pain of feelings that are concerned —notably when you understand that you’re not alone in your suffering.
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Cincy Bike Share is looking for a Bike Share System Operations Manager to manage the day to day system health and reliability. The System Operations Manager will manage the assignments of the System Technicians to ensure that the bikes and stations are maintained and that the bike are evenly distributed throughout the system to meet expected demand. A successful candidate will be focused on customer service, with strong interpersonal, management, and problem-solving skills. The System Operations Manager reports to the Executive Director.
Training on bicycle and station maintenance and system technology will be provided.
Lead bicycle and station operations including rebalancing, bicycle maintenance, station maintenance and cleanliness
Close coordination with customer service team to ensure that all customer needs are addressed and resolved
Manage a staff of System Technicians, including scheduling, training, and coaching
Maintain facilities, vehicles and equipment
Interact with customers as a public face of Cincy Bike Share, ensuring positive experiences at all times
Managing and sticking to a specified budget
Help with system planning and station location preparation
Day to Day Responsibilities:
Inspect and evaluate bicycles and bike share stations for safety, functionality, and cleanliness
Rebalance the system
Perform routine bicycle maintenance and cleaning, and repairs as necessary
Identify and report bicycles in need of in-house repair
Perform routine station maintenance and repairs as necessary
Identify, report, and resolve, if possible, all station malfunctions and/or problems
Use technology to record all maintenance/repair activity
Assist with bike and station assembly and installation
Answer customer service calls and respond to customer needs in the field
Operate and maintain system vehicles
Attend and help promote Cincy Bike Share at events
Strong interpersonal and relationship building skills
Organizational management and leadership skills
Problem solving and critical thinking skills
Team oriented and focused on continuous improvement
Ability to understand technical aspects of the software and the hardware capabilities and needs of a bike share system
Valid driver’s license and good driving record
Mechanical or electrical background a plus
Self-motivated and ability to deal with and meet changing deadlines
Comfortable in a fast paced, warehouse/shop environment
Comfortable riding a bicycle in city traffic
Ability to lift up to 50 lbs; cycle up to 10 miles per day in urban areas; stoop, bend, and stand for long periods
Willingness and ability to work evenings and/or weekend