Monday, January 12, 2009

Area Updates: Free Self-Defense Classes for Women & New High Street Bike Initiative

Two important neighborhood area updates to pass along from Campus Partners and the City of Columbus that affect NECKO neighborhood residents:

"Share the Road" Initiative on Biking Issues on High Street

We're looking for a volunteer interested in biking issues! The City of Columbus "High St. Share the Road" initiative, an outgrowth of the Bicentennial Bikeways Plan, needs a volunteer from NECKO to help plan an educational "Share the Road" campaign to help bike riders, pedestrians and drivers stay safe.  The City plans to kick off Share the Road in 2009 during Bike to Work Week in May. 

If anyone from NECKO is interested, the first meeting is:

Thursday, January 15, 2009, 3:00 p.m.– 5:00 p.m.
North Central Mental Health Services
1301 N. High St.

The Advisory Board will meet twice between January and May, 2009.  Most other work will be conducted by e-mail and by phone. Please e-mail to confirm your participation as a NECKO neighborhood resident.

Free Self Defense Classes for Women in the University District (includes NECKO)

Women seeking information and training on self-defense may choose from among a three-hour afternoon workshop and two intensive five-week training courses.  The workshop and the two courses are free and open to all women whether or not they are employed or enrolled at The Ohio State University.  Spaces are limited, however, so advance registration is required.

University Area Crime Stoppers, The Ohio State University Police Division and South Campus Gateway are sponsoring the self-defense workshop on Saturday, Jan. 24, from 1 to 4 p.m. in The Event Place at South Campus Gateway, 1534 N. High St.  Parking is available in the Gateway garage.  University Police Officer Don Cornwell, who has extensive experience in teaching self-defense and rape prevention classes, will lead the workshop, which is open to women 16 years of age and older.  For information and to register for the workshop, visit the South Campus Gateway website at

The Sexual Violence Education and Support program of Ohio State s Student Wellness Center is offering the Self-Defense Course for Women beginning Thursday, Jan. 22, and continuing each Thursday through Feb. 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the third floor gymnasium of Pomerene Hall, 1760 Neil Ave.  For information and to register, call (614) 292-4527 or send an e-mail to

The Ohio State University Police Division offers on a regular basis the Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Systems course.  The RAD Systems is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance, then moves to the basics of hands-on defense training.  RAD offers practice with a padded attacker.  The RAD course is taught by certified RAD instructors, who are police officers.  The course is open to women 10 years of age and older.  The website is

Central Ohio Crime Stoppers also is sponsoring a series of free, three-hour self-defense classes during January and February in Dublin.  For information on these classes, visit the website of the Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at