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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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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