HBC’s annual December party is Sunday, 12/2/18

Every December, Heights Bicycle Coalition celebrates its progress, outlines its plans and recognizes community “roll models.” Join the fun on Sunday, December 2, at 4 p.m., in the Secret Garden room at Nighttown, 12383 Cedar Rd, Cleveland, OH 44106

We will provide a brief update on HBC accomplishments in 2018 and the outlook for 2019. Then we’ll recognize our roll models:

  • Richard Wong, Cleveland Heights Director of Planning, representing all City staff who have planned and implemented infrastructure improvements to make the community more bicycle friendly
  • Chipper the dog, one of the foremost volunteers who have made after-school bike clubs successful at Fairfax and Canterbury Schools
  • Sam Bell, who is developing a robotic system to improve the efficiency and lower the cost dramatically of painting road stripes and symbols that provide access and safety for all roadway users

Weather permitting, Sam will provide a five-minute demonstration of his product that is under development.

Free snacks for all.  Cash bar.

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Taylor Road Corridor Study

Come to a meeting where you’ll have an opportunity to affect plans to improve Taylor Road business districts and make Taylor a “complete street” that accommodates bicyclists, pedestrians and transit, in addition to cars and other motor vehicles.  Your input can make a difference.  

The meeting will be in the atrium at Cleveland Heights City Hall at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 15.  The study will aim to make Taylor Road a more vibrant and attractive street, benefiting both Cleveland Heights and University Heights. NOACA (Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency) staff will work in collaboration with the staff of these cities to create the plan.  Having a good plan is instrumental in getting funds for implementation.

Particular areas of focus will be parking for the Cedar Taylor business district, and how to ensure safety for walkers and bikers around the Hebrew Academy.

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Bike Commuting Log

The Lake “Eerie” Bike Challenge has begun, and you can join in, if so inclined. Our Municipal Planning Organization (MPO), the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA), is encouraging you to log on and ask coworkers, friends, and family to log all bike commutes throughout October on Gohio Commute. When you or others log a bike trip in October, all will be automatically added to the leaderboard<gohiocommute.com/s/lake-eerie>. Also log bike errands, like trips to stores or restaurants. All destination trips count toward standings, up to two per day. So leave your car at home, take the bike, and log trips to earn prizes! There are weekly raffle drawings, so everyone who logs a trip can win.

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Best of Bricks Bike Tour

Saturday, October 6, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Meet at corner of Roxboro Road and W. St. James Parkway, just north of Roxboro Elementary School
Leader: Mary Dunbar, Cleveland Heights City Councilmember
Join us for an all-skills bike ride to learn about the history and architecture of some of Cleveland Heights most noteworthy and impressive brick buildings.  The ride will end back where it started.

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Saturday, Sept. 22: FRONT Triennial Tour de Art

This all-day bike tour will visit several exhibitions in FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art. FRONT is a mix of artist commissions, performances, films and public programs examining the ever-changing and politically urgent conditions of an American city.

The ride will depart from the bike fix-it station at Coventry Road and North Park Boulevard at 9:30 a.m., then head to University Circle to visit Judy’s Hand Pavilion outside of the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, as well as several exhibitions and installations at the Cleveland Museum of Art. The tour continues on to Playhouse Square for a viewing of Love Story, a video installation that centers on the cult of celebrity and the overwhelming influence the media exerts on our world view. After stopping to enjoy the Canvas City murals on Prospect Avenue, riders will head downtown to the Cleveland Arcade and Cleveland Public Library. The Arcade features Cleveland’s 1973 City Canvas public art project, while the library’s exhibit, The American Library, consists of 6,000 books, each bearing the name of a first- or second-generation immigrant whose life and work impacted culture.

The next stop is a haunting installation of works by photographer Dawoud Bey at Saint John Episcopal Church in Ohio City, then on to SPACES for A Color Removed—a citywide project that seeks to remove the color orange from Cleveland in response to the shooting of Tamir Rice (the toy pistol he was holding was missing an orange tip meant to denote it was not a real gun). At Transformer Station, we’ll visit Human Right, a project that examines the relationship between personal narratives and social conditions in Middlesbrough, England.

The tour ends at the West Side Market for a fusion of food and art with John Riepenhoff’s Cleveland Curry Kojiwurst special sausage, an original FRONT-commissioned product, being featured in various collaborations with vendors and restaurateurs during the exhibition’s three months. After a lunch break, the group will ride the eight miles back to the Heights. Riders will also have the option to take public transportation back home.

Note: For family bike rides, parents must accompany children under 16. Children must be confident riding on two-wheeled bikes without training wheels. However, children on or in trail-a-bikes, bike trailers, cargo bikes and bikes with child seats are welcome.

For calendar lists of more local and regional rides, go to Heights Bicycle Coalition and Bike Cleveland’s websites.

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Better By Bike: Heights Heritage Home & Garden Tour on Sept. 16

A good way to enjoy the 41st Annual Heights Heritage Home & Garden Tour is by bicycle. Parking is easy when all you need is a patch of grass!

One of the beautiful Heights homes on last year’s tour (photo credit: Heights Observer)

Join the Heights Community Congress and the Heights Bicycle Coalition for a great afternoon of biking and touring.
Pedal up and purchase your discounted $20 bicycle ticket at the Bike Fix-It Station at the corner of Coventry Road and North Park Blvd. on Sunday, Sept. 16 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
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Join us for our “Biking Has Its Perks!” Ride on Saturday, August 25

We’ll be biking downtown using a combination of city streets and bike lanes to explore the many coffee shop options!

Cup of coffee with a bicycle image dusted on top

Image by Paulscho (via Flickr)

We’ll stay well caffeinated along the way by stopping at three coffee shops for some morning brew! Riders are welcome to ride back up the hill with us, or take the RTA back to Cleveland Heights.

Departure Time: 9:00am

Departure Location: Corner of Coventry & North Park

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Family Playground Ride on Sunday, July 22

Join this family bike ride, which will progress on side streets and bike paths at a slow, family-friendly pace.  Gather at 1 p.m. at Coventry Peace Park.  Greg Jolivette will lead the ride to the Horseshoe Lake Playground, where families can enjoy the playground and other facilities – plus free popsicles!  This ride is about 3.5 miles long, and slightly uphill. It ends at 3 p.m.

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Exploring University Heights – A Family Ride

Sunday, August 5th
60 minute ride + stay for free ice cream!
Family Fun Ride: Explore University Heights by Bike
Start and End at Community Park on Fenwick Rd
Calling all biking families and family friendly bicyclists – come explore the park paths and sidewalks of the Fenwick road neighborhood and parks. We will ride slow and steady on residential (25 mph) roads and sidewalks, ending at the Community Park Playground with an ice cream treat for anyone on the bikeride.
*Parents must accompany children under 16.  Children riding on their own must be confident riding on 2 wheeled bikes, no training wheels, please! Children on/in trail-a-bikes, bike trailers, cargo bikes and bikes with children seats are welcome!


Community Park – Fenwick Road


Community Park – Fenwick Road – Playground


Community Park – Fenwick Road – Restrooms, bottle filling station


Ashurst Road Pocket Park

Little Free Library

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Coming soon! Euclid Escapade

Join our ride on Saturday, 6/23, destination Euclid! Jessica Yox will lead a ride to explore interesting sites and history along the way into Euclid.
Bicyclists are invited to meet at 1:30 p.m. at the bike fix-it station on the southwest corner of Coventry and North Park to ride via the Lake-to-Lakes Trail to Lake Erie.
Alternatively, to avoid bicycling uphill into the Heights when the ride ends, load bikes onto a car and drive to the parking lot at the Intercity Yacht Club, to the left of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard after it passes under I-90. Riders will gather at that parking lot and set off at 2:30 p.m. through Bratenahl and North Collinwood into Euclid.
This is a relatively long ride, for intermediate and advanced riders. Enjoy!
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