Autumn is Better By Bike!

Heights Bicycle Coalition has adopted “Better by Bike” as a theme for many recommended destinations and rides. This theme works throughout the year, with the possible exception (in the view of some) of snowy and icy days.  Indeed, riding a bicycle is one of the best ways to enjoy the vibrant colors and cooler temperatures of Fall.  

Sunday, October 8, 1-3 p.m.:Learn about the now buried Dugway Brook. The ride will start at Coventry Library (1925 Coventry Rd.) on the southeast corner of Euclid Hts. Blvd. & Coventry Rd. When Cleveland and the Heights were built, covering and culverting streambeds was the norm. Dugway Brook is completely buried in Cleveland, but traces of it can be seen in the Heights. This ride highlights what remains above ground of Dugway in the Heights, what’s hidden, and what the future holds, due to recent EPA requirements for our watersheds. Reservations are required, call (216) 325-7781. Bike helmets are recommended. Roy Larick, Ph.D, archeologist and environmental consult is ride leader.

Sunday, October 1, 9 a.m.,Park to Park to Park Ride: Ride around the Heights on a 13 mile route to see several parks. The ride will start at the Delisle Center (corner of Taylor and Superior Roads) parking lot 9 a.m. Ride leader, Lenny Horowitz.

Sunday, October 15, Biking Has Its Perks.”  This ride goes from the Heights to downtown Cleveland to visit coffee shops en route and savor their brews.  Participants can either ride their bicycles back to the Heights or put their bikes on RTA buses that will carry them uphill into the Heights.  Details of starting time and place can be found on the Heights Bicycle Coalition’s website, www.bikesintheheights.org, or Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/bikesintheheights/.

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Volunteers Needed for All Geared Up

Help inspire children to learn to ride their bikes safely and with confidence – spend a couple of hours volunteering at the All Geared Up bike rodeo showing kids how to brake, maneuver, “look back” for traffic and more!

Event time: Oct. 11-4 pm at Canterbury Elementary School in Cleveland Heights. Volunteers are needed from 12:30-2:30 pm and 2-4:30 pm.

Click here for more info.

Interested? Email saraheokeeffe@gmail.com to volunteer!

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10th Annual Ride for Miles

The 10th Annual Ride For Miles will start at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, September 24, 2017, but arrive at 9:30 a.m. or 9:45 a.m. for coffee and comments. As always, the Ride will start and finish at John Carroll University’s Dolan Science Center. You can register to ride or volunteer via the Ride For Miles website (http://www.rideformiles.org), which also has more information about the ride. You can also make donations through the website. Proceeds support environmental initiatives at John Carroll University and bike safety.

This family bicycle ride honors the memory of Miles Coburn, who was a Cleveland Heights resident and biology professor at John Carroll University, specializing in fish.  Miles was killed while riding his bicycle in Geauga County, and his brother, Chris Coburn, has been organizing this ride ever since, with lots of help from volunteers, musicians, restaurants and more.

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Better By Bike

September is full of great events in and around the Heights, and parking is easy when you bike there! Get some exercise, enjoy the outdoors and avoid parking pains by riding your bike to these fun activities.
 
Shaker Square Farmer’s Market 
Every Saturday from 8 am – noon
This weekly farmer’s market is one of the biggest in northeast Ohio and one where car parking can be especially challenging. Luckily, there are plenty of options for bike parking while you pick up some local and fresh food!

Try this route to get there:  https://www.strava.com/routes/10480937. More info: http://www.northunionfarmersmarket.org/markets/shaker-square-2/.
 
Cleveland Heights Heritage Home Tour
Sunday, Sept. 24 from noon – 6 pm
Parking is easy when you bike around town to some of the beautiful homes and gardens in Cleveland Heights at the 40th anniversary of the great event. Cost for the tour is $25 per person, and details can be found at http://www.heightscongress.org/index.html.
 
Other September Rides 
Check out these additional rides and events. More information is available via the links below and on the calendar on HBC’s site, bikesintheheights.org.

As always, check out the HBC calendar for information on many other fun rides coming in October and beyond.

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Sept. 16 – Chagrin Falls Breakfast Ride

Saturday, Sept. 16, 9 am

Starts at the Church of the Redeemer (corner of East Scarborough and South Taylor roads in Cleveland Heights)

Depart from the church parking lot for a moderate- to fast-paced (16 mph) ride that will include hills and beautiful scenery. The ride will stop at Einstein Bros. Bagels in Chagrin Falls and return by a different route.

Come join us!

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July 16 – Dunham Tavern & CiCLEvia Tour

Join us for a 15 mile ride to the historic Dunham Tavern, 6709 Euclid Ave and Bike Cleveland’s CiCLEvia Central. This ride is on city streets and the bike lane on Euclid Avenue.

The ride starts at 12:30 p.m. at Fairfax Elementary School, corner of Scarborough and Lee Rd. and return before 5 p.m.

Dunham Tavern 

This historic tavern was built in 1824 and has survived at its original location for nearly 200 years. The Dunham Tavern later became a stagecoach stop and a taproom was added. It was then owned by landscape architect Donald Gray.  The building served as a studio for WPA artists and printmakers during the Great Depression. 

Optional: Tour the 1st & 2nd floor of the museum, $5. 

CiCLEvia – Play in the Street!

The CiCLEvia Central event is on Community College/Quincy Avenue from East 55th to East 24th Street. The road will be closed to cars and open for a fun, free afternoon! The open streets theme has the road closed to motorized traffic and open to people on bikes, roller skates, skate boards, walkers, dancers and more. 

The celebration will include several hubs: Family Reunion, Arts/Culture, Ultimate Recess, and Health/Safety with games and food. 

Ride Schedule:

Depart Fairfax School at 12:30 p.m.
Arrive Dunham Tavern 1 p.m.
Depart Dunham Tavern 2 p.m.
Arrive ciCLEvia at 2:15 p.m.
Depart ciCLEvia at 4 p.m.
Arrive Fairfax School, before 5 p.m.

The name ciCLEvia (see-CLE-vee-uh) is derived from the ciclovias of Latin American cities such as Bogota, Colombia, where over 70 miles of streets are open to people every Sunday and holiday.

Questions? contact us at chbikecoalition@gmail.com.

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Grant Funds Improve Cycling for Students

As you travel through Cleveland Heights this summer, you will see the new solar-powered speed feedback signs next to Canterbury, Roxboro and Oxford Elementary Schools, Monticello Middle School, and the Hebrew Academy. Exceeding the speed limit triggers impossible-to-ignore flashing lights reminding drivers to slow down.

These signs are a result of a collaboration between the City of Cleveland Heights, the Cleveland Heights-University Heights School District, Heights Bicycle Coalition and others in the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program, a federal initiative to encourage walking and bicycling to school. 

New sidewalk curb ramps and crosswalks have been added at the above schools and new bike racks have been installed at some schools.

Walkability is a strength of the Heights communities. We have sidewalks to schools, parks, shopping districts, arts and religious institutions. However, in the last fifty years, fewer families encourage their students to walk to school. In 1969, half of students in the US walked to school. Now, fewer than 15 percent of students walk or bike, one-quarter of school trips are made on a school bus, and over half of all children arrive at school in private automobiles.

The increased traffic congestion around schools creates poor air quality and increases the danger for walkers and cyclists. Automobile transportation promotes sedentary lifestyles that put students at risk for obesity diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. 

So why drive kids to school? 

Parents consistently cite traffic danger as a reason why their children are unable to bicycle or walk to school.

The Safe Routes to School program addresses those concerns. In the Heights, that began in the fall of 2010 with a “Walk or Bike to School Day,” now celebrated in both fall and spring in the CH-UH district. 

Cleveland Heights has been awarded more than $700,000 from SRTS. The grants paid for bike rodeos, crossing guard and safety patrol equipment and a bike fleet with 24 bicycles for 4th-8th grade children and bike helmets. The bikes will be used in physical education classes for cycling instruction, bike rodeos, after-school bike clubs and more. 

In July 2018, Cleveland Heights will receive $160,000 to pay for countdown crosswalk signs, new traffic signals and crosswalks at Oxford Elementary School and Monticello Middle School. 

Cleveland Heights involvement in the Safe Routes to School program is part of a larger effort to be a Bicycle Friendly Community. The League of American Bicyclists recently renewed Cleveland Heights’ status as a bronze level Bicycle Friendly Community for another four years, until 2020.  

We’re on a roll!

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Bike Repair Station at Lee Rd Library

The Heights Library installed a Bike Repair Station at the Lee Road branch!

The equipment includes a pump, tools for simple bike repairs and a bike stand to hold the bike off the ground while making repairs.

The station is located in front of the Dobama theater, west side of Lee Road.

The Friends of the Heights Libraries funded the station.

THANK YOU!

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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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