Consider Joining These June Rides!

Heights Bicycle Coalition board member and chairperson on the HBC Encouragement Committee, Debra Franke, deserves many thanks for organizing, finding and promoting rides in June.  The revised list below includes only those rides yet to come as of June 18, 2017:

Heights Bike Coalition

Family Bike Ride around Shaker Lakes

Heights Bike Coalition will lead a Family Bike Ride around the Shaker Lakes, on Saturday, June 24, 1-3 p.m.. The ride will start and end at the Fairfax Elementary School playground, corner of Lee and Scarborough Roads in Cleveland Heights. 

The ride will include a stop at the Horseshoe Lake playground and other park attractions. Kids, parents and grandparents are welcome. Adult riders – please bring a snack so no one runs out of pedal power! 

The ride will include a stop at the Horseshoe Lake playground as well as other attractions.  Kids, parents and grandparents are welcome. Adult riders – please bring a snack so no one runs out of pedal power!

Regional Rides

Slow Roll  

This group ride is every Monday at 7 p.m.  The upcoming lineup includes June 19 – Jefferson Park, Bellaire Puritas; June 26 – Asiatown. See more info >>Read more.

Night Ride on the Towpath

Saturday, June 24, is the next monthly ride of the tow path in the dark. The June ride is called “Pajama Party Night Ride”; dress accordingly.  The rides leaves from Century Cycles in Peninsula at 8:00 p.m., but get there early.  Your bike must have lights. >> Read more.

Critical Mass

Friday, June 30, is the next date for this group ride, which takes place regularly on the last Friday of each month.  The ride leaves from Public Square at 6:30 pm. >>Read more.

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Bike Month is Here!

 

Celebrate Cycling all month long by joining us for activities that inspire us to ride more and connect to each other.

Event details are on the HBC Event Calendar (on the right side of this page).

 

Wednesday, May 17: Ride of Silence, 7 p.m. John Carroll University to University Circle
This is an annual slow, silent memorial ride to honor those injured or killed while riding their bicycles. East side bicyclists start from John Carroll University SE parking lot, then ride via Fairmount Boulevard through University Heights, Shaker Heights and Cleveland Heights to University Hospitals on Adelbert Road, to meet riders from downtown at 7:30 p.m. for a brief ceremony.

Friday, May 19: Bike to Work Day
Heights Bicycle Coalition will host a tent stocked with free coffee and pastries at the corner of Edgehill and Overlook Roads in Cleveland Heights in support and celebration of bicycle commuting. Drop by for a visit while you’re pedaling to work! 

Saturday, May 20: Smart Cycling Class, 9 a.m. – noon, Cleveland Heights City Hall, 40 Severance Circle
Heights Bicycle Coalition and the City of Cleveland Heights will offer the League of American Bicyclists’ Smart Cycling course, taught by a League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructor. The class is for all experience levels – new riders who want to gain skills and experienced cyclists who want to refine their skills and teach others. The class will prepare riders aged 14 or older to commute, run errands and have fun on bicycles. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $10 per individual or per family, which includes one manual.
Register here. Questions? Contact Joy.

Monday May 29, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.: HBC will host a bike contingent in the University Heights Memorial Day Parade. We need a few more folks on bike to join us. We’ll throw candy and ride with spoke cards attached (with clothespins) to our frames for a cool sound. We also need a few volunteers to hand out bike info cards to spectators. Interested? Contact Joy.

Saturday, June 3: Free Bike Tune Up day, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Coventry Village Courtyard,  Coventry Road and Euclid Heights Boulevard
With the support of Coventry Village, Hirobel and Heights Bicycle Coalition, volunteer bike mechanics assess bicycles’ safety and make minor repairs at this FREE event. Hirobel is a Cleveland Heights company dedicated to creating innovative tools and accessories that provide advanced solutions for today’s bicycles, such as its Carbon Frame Clamp.

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Watch “Bikes vs. Cars” on April 21 at CWRU

Case Western Reserve University’s Film Society and the Heights Bicycle Coalition are co-sponsoring showings of the documentary movie, “Bikes vs. Cars”.  The movie will be shown three times on Friday, April 21, at 7 p.m., 9 p.m., and 11 p.m., at Strosacher Auditorium on the CWRU campus.  Directions to the venue are available at films.case.edu.

“Bikes vs. Cars” follows bike activists around the world who are fighting to create positive change, while documenting the struggle for bicyclists in a society dominated by cars.  The movie also highlights the improvement that could happen if more cities moved away from car-centric models.  For more information on the movie, visit www.bikes-vs-cars.com.

Thanks to HBC’s co-sponsorship of the film, admission is only $4 for adults and $2 for children 12 and under.  Tickets will be available at the door.  Also, HBC members who are current on their membership will receive free admission, along with a free popcorn and soda.  Join now from this website!

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Annual Meeting – All Are Welcome!

Please join us for our Annual Meeting on Tuesday, April 4, 7 p.m. at The Fairmount, 2448 Fairmount Blvd in the Cedar Fairmount area. The evening’s agenda will include:

  • Short report on the 2016 work of the organization and on what lies ahead
  • Progress toward HBC affiliating more closely with Bike Cleveland
  • Election of board members and officers
  • Program presenters
  • Alex Baca, General Manager for bike share system UHBikes will talk about the possibility of expanding the system to Cleveland Heights. 
  • Kenneth Knabe, Greater Cleveland’s Bicycle Accident & Safety Attorney will talk about Bicycle Safety. He represents bicyclists who were injured by unsafe drivers. 

Appetizer provided – until they run out! Cash bar.

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Smart Cycling Class for Adults and Teens – May 20

The Heights Bicycle Coalition and the City of Cleveland Heights will offer the League of American Bicyclists’ Smart Cycling course on Saturday, May 20, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

The course will be taught by a League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructor. The class is for bicyclists of all experience levels – new bicyclists who want to gain cycling skills and experienced bicyclists who want to refine their skills and teach others. 

The class will prepare riders aged 14 or older to commute, run errands and have fun on bicycles. 

The course includes classroom instruction that begins at 9 a.m. at Cleveland Heights City Hall, 40 Severance Circle and includes skills practice in the parking lot at City Hall. 

Class size is limited, and pre-registration is required. Cost is $10 per individual or per family, which includes one manual.

Additional manuals are available at a cost of $10 each. Participants should bring a bicycle, helmet and $10 cash to pay for the class. 

Registration by phone is also available, call Jennifer Kuzma at 216-291-2854. 

For more information about the course, contact Joy Henderson.

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Celebrate Roll Models & Holidays – Dec. 7 at Nighttown

Join us for a Holiday Party at Nighttown, 12383 Cedar Rd., on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m., to celebrate cycling and the holidays.

Our presenters are:

  • Brothers Vince (student at Roxboro Middle School) and Marcus (Fairfax Elementary School) have been members of the Fairfax After-School Bike Club. They will talk about the bike club and their favorite cycling activities.
  • Richard Wong, Cleveland Heights Planning Director, commutes by bicycle and has been a leader in making the Heights more bicycle friendly.  He’ll tell us how he got into bicycle commuting.
  • Greg Donley, Print Communications at the Cleveland Museum of Art, commutes by bicycle to University Circle. He’ll share his tips for being safe and comfortable on the ride.

Music and a sing-along provided by Charlie Mosbrook, cyclist, folk musician and songwriter. He rides a tricycle around town and in races, undeterred by a spinal cord injury. Bring your bike Jingle Bell.

Light refreshments provided. Cash bar.

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Cranksgiving in Cleveland Heights – Nov. 19

Cleveland’s cycling community is once again raising food for disadvantaged families and senior citizens this holiday season!

Bike Cleveland will host Cleveland’s fifth-annual Cranksgiving, on Saturday, November 19, 10:30 – 2 p.m.

This is a fun bicycle food drive taking place at Cleveland Heights City Hall, 40 Severance Circle in Cleveland Heights.

The Cranksgiving event is for cyclists of all ages and skill levels. When participants arrive at CH City Hall, they will receive a map of nearby grocery stores. Participants ride to several of the stores on the map to purchase food items.

Cyclists are asked to spend about $15 – or as much you can carry – and ride about fifteen miles.

Everything purchased must be hauled by bicycle back to CH City Hall.

The donated food will be distributed to Heights area citizens who in need.

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Don’t Miss Race Across America Movies, November 9

If you like bicycling, you’ll really like this one-time-only opportunity to see a couple of documentaries about the Race Across America (RAAM) showing at the Capitol Theater, 1390 W 65th St, Cleveland 44102, on Wednesday, November 9, 7 p.m.  RAAM is widely recognized as the toughest race in the world. It’s a 3,000-mile coast-to-coast bicycle race that starts in Oceanside, CA, and finishes in Annapolis, MD.  First run in 1982, the race has continued annually, uninterrupted.  The 2016 race was the 35th year, making it one of the longest running events in cycling sports. Racers and crew come from around the world to compete.

There will be two films.  First up will be “Ram Bam Thank You Mam,” about an Australian four-woman team that set their age group record.  Next is “3089 miles across America,” which will give you a good view of what bicyclists see on this ride – a beautiful view of America. A representative of RAAM will be present to answer questions.

Buy tickets at the door, or here’s a link to buy tickets: http://clevelandcinemas.com/moviedetails.asp?id=6899
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Walk or Bike to School Day – Oct 5

Walking and biking to school is good for your health, the environment, and the community. Active transportation means less air pollution and traffic congestion. And, it’s fun!

Research shows that children who walk or bike to school are more ready to learn when classwork starts. That’s why the school district, PTA the PE teachers and HBC support active transportation.

Questions? Call Mary Dunbar 216-321-1335 or Pam and Bruce Tyler 216 -932-3290.

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Fun Fall Rides

Cycle Through Time
Sunday, October 2nd (Rain Date Sunday, October 9)
1 – 3:30 p.m.
Coventry Village Branch Library, 1925 Coventry Rd, CH.

Celebrate a century of bikes and books! Learn the history of the local Heights Library with a lecture and bicycle tour. This collaboration between Heights Libraries, the Heights Bike Coalition and Cleveland Heights Historical Society begins with a 30-minute presentation in the Coventry Library Meeting Room followed by a bike ride to the Noble and Lee Road libraries.  Along the way we’ll see the inside our libraries and restock a Little Free Library.

Ohio City Bicycle Coop Social Ride
Saturday, October 8
10 a.m. – noon
1840 Columbus Road, Cleveland

This monthly Social Ride gets all kinds of different folks on bikes for some casual sightseeing in the downtown area.  The October ride is a tour of bike infrastructure and industry. More info.

Bikes N’Brew 2016
Saturday, October 8
9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Tap Stack Buckeye Brewing Smokestack, 9941 Walford Ave., Cleveland. This is a fund raiser for Bike Cleveland. Bikes N’Brew features five local breweries which you will visit on this unsupported bicycle tour through Cleveland and its surrounding suburbs. There will be 20-ish mile & 40-ish mile suggested route option with cue sheets & maps provided.  Limited to the 21 and over crowd and 150 participants, advance tickets are $25, day of – $35 if not already sold out. Pro tip: it’ll sell out.

More info.  

Friendsville Freebie Fifty – Fall Foliage & Frostbite Frolic
Saturday, October 29
10 a.m.
BGSU Firelands Campus in Huron, Ohio

This is a free ride of 50 or 25 miles. A map and cider stop are provided. NO other services are provided. NO sag wagon, NO snack stops, NO closed course, NO first aid cars, NO food. Get the idea? Then come prepared! The route does go through a couple of small towns where food may be purchased if you need it. The attendance is usually between 50 and 250 depending on the weather. Donations up to 50 cents are cheerfully accepted for this ride. This ride is sponsored by the Medina County Bicycle Club of Medina, Ohio

More info.

42nd Red Flannel Metric Century
Sunday, October 30
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Oberlin Community Service Center, just off  S. Main Street, Oberlin OH

This traditional end of the touring season event provides homemade cookies, soups, oatmeal bar, and all the food you can eat. This very scenic tour features a rolling 64-mile route that visits the historic canal port town of Milan, birthplace of inventor Thomas A. Edison. The rolling and scenic 32-miler visits the quaint town of Birmingham. Ride dedicated to the memory of Bob Williams, founder of both this event and its hosting club, the Lorain Wheelmen Bicycle Club.

More info.

 

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