Webinar on Resident’s Guide for Creating Safer Communities for Walking and Bicycling

The Federal Highway Administration just released “A Resident’s Guide for Creating Safer Communities for Walking and Bicycling,” a free guide offering step-by-step instructions for residents and community groups looking to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety, access, and comfort. The guide is available for download at http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/ped_bike/ped_cmnity/.

The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) is offering a webinar that provides an overview of the guide and will review how two communities used the principles outlined within it to make their communities more walkable and bikeable.  Presenters include:

  • Tamara Redmon, FHWA
  • Laura Sandt, PBIC
  • Eva Garcia, City of Brownsville, Texas
  • Ramiro Gonzalez, City of Brownsville, Texas
  • John Paul Shaffer, Livable Memphis

The webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time.  To register:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/824575809760209409

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Public Meetings Seek Input on Eastside Greenway

A regional consortium will host a second round of public meetings to solicit feedback about the proposed Eastside Greenway. The proposed trail will connect current bicycle and pedestrian trails in 19 communities. Meetings dates are:

January 28, 7-9 p.m.: Happy Dog at Euclid Tavern, 11625 Euclid Ave, Cleveland

January 29, 7-9 p.m.: Beachwood Public Library, 25501 Shaker Blvd, Beachwood

February 2, 7-9 p.m.: Waterloo Brew, 15335 Waterloo Rd, Cleveland

February 3, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: University Heights Public Library, 13866 Cedar Rd, University Heights

The meetings will include:

  • Overview of the project with proposed routes
  • Results of the trail inventory and analysis
  • Alternative routes for the greenway network
  • Asking the public for feedback on routes

More information on the Eastside Greenway can be found on the project’s website.

Read Sreven Litt’s article Regionalism: Opinions Sought on Eastside Greenway in the January 25 Plain Dealer.

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Experience Winter on a Bike

Winter cycling is cool. Sometimes it is actually cold. But, with the proper clothes and equipment, it is a great way to be outside and experience the awe and beauty of winter in both the city and on the trail.

The hearty winter cyclists that keep the pedals turning all year long are brethren to skiers, ice skaters and ice fisherman and use some of the same equipment. Warm mittens, snow boots and pants, parkas and goggles are all non-cycling specific clothing that are perfect for winter riding.

AliceStrattonWinterCyclingAnd then there is the bike. Skinny tires are out. Knobby or other specialty tires will provide traction in snow and ice, disc brakes are good for more consistent stopping power and it is good to ride a hearty frame that will be subjected to lots of salt.

While winter cyclists are still a minority, more people are seeking fitness and transportation on two wheels in the winter.

One of the area’s winter bike commuters is Cleveland Heights resident Alice Stratton. She rides one mile to her job as physical education teacher at Fairfax School.


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Tips on Bicycling in the Rain

The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition developed these tips for making a wet commute a little more enjoyable and comfortable – and they work here in the Cleveland area, too!

 What to Wear:

  • Layer up – As a base layer, it’s great to wear something to keep you warm that can also breathe. A synthetic fabric, wool, or fleece are great options.
  • Stay dry – On top of your base layer, throw on a waterproof jacket or poncho, rain pants, and waterproof boots or shoes. Your hands will also get cold, so a nice pair of water-resistant gloves are great.
  • Be visible – People driving and walking in wet weather often have a harder time seeing things in the road. Bright colors and reflective materials are an awesome way to increase your visibility.
  • Protect your cargo – If you are biking with some of your belongings on you, use a waterproof bag, pannier/saddle bag, or backpack to keep your stuff dry. A cheap solution is to wrap your things in a plastic bag to keep water out.
  • Put a cap on it – To keep your head dry, you probably want to put a rain cover over your helmet. A shower cap is an inexpensive and “stylish” solution.

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Holiday Brew for Bicyclists

beer-and-wineFor a jolly holiday celebration of another year of bicycling bliss, join Heights bicyclists from 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 9, in the meeting room at The Wine Spot, 2271 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights.

Bring something edible to share – and bring your best 2014 bicycling experiences to share with the group too – rides or trips that you went on, races you entered (wear any medals!), new gear you’re glad you acquired, whatever you loved doing on a bicycle in 2014.

We’ll have a limited offering of beer and wine for you to sample; when/if that runs out, you can buy your own glassful from The Wine Spot.

This celebration is sponsored by Heights Bicycle Coalition for members and friends. The Wine Spot would like to know how many to expect, so please send an e-mail to info@bikesintheheights.org if you’re definitely coming. We hope to see you there!

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Heights Bicycle Coalition Board Meetings

HBC members and interested people are welcome to attend the Heights Bicycle Coalition monthly board meetings. The full board meets every other month, and the Executive Committee meets in between. When finalized, the date, time and location are listed on the HBC calendar, which can be viewed in the right-hand sidebar of the HBC website.

For December, the Executive Committee will be meeting 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 2, in meeting room #2 in the Heights Knowledge and Innovation Center (HKIC) at the Heights Main Library (2340 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights).

We will post all minutes of meetings on the website in the near future – it’s a work in progress, so check back often!

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Donate Now to Help Make Our Community More Bicycle Friendly

You can help make our community more bicycle friendly by clicking the “donate now” button on the right sidebar!  All proceeds go toward paying for events and campaigns that help strengthen our cycling community. Your donation helps us continue to:

  • Be the unified voice in our community that communicates to policy makers how to make streets safer for bicycles
  • Engage Cleveland Heights elementary school students in joining and riding in after school “bike clubs”
  • Offer bicycle safety classes and bike rodeos
  • Organize social rides throughout the summer and fall, bringing cyclists together to ride and explore our community
  • Communicate with you, our members and supporters bike happenings in our community
  • And much more!

A donation of $5, $20, $100 or more will help to make our community a better place for all cyclists. Donate now by clicking the orange icon on the right sidebar, and encourage friends and family to do the same!

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Your Input is Needed on Eastside Greenway Plan

EastsideGreenwayImagePlease join the Heights Bicycle Coalition at Nighttown on Tuesday, October 14, at 7 p.m., to hear about the latest plans for the Cuyahoga County Eastside Greenway to connect eastside communities through a safe and convenient bike and pedestrian network. The goal of the proposed greenway is to create a unified trail network that can support alternative means of transportation. The network will close gaps between existing trail segments.

Engineers and planners working on the project will present the plan and ask for citizen input. Planners expect to have a draft plan in the summer of 2015.

Ultimately, the completed network will connect the east side of Cleveland and 19 east side suburbs. The Eastside Greenway will enhance transportation and recreation and boost economic and social opportunities.

Along with Heights Bicycle Coalition, also participating in the meeting will be bicycle advocates from Bike Shaker and Bike Cleveland, and a public health official from the Cuyahoga County Public Health Department.

Nighttown is located at 12387 Cedar Road in the Cedar Fairmount District of Cleveland Heights.

Please join us to learn about the greenway plan, help make the plan stronger and enjoy food and drinks with other cyclists.

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Wednesday, Oct. 8 is Walk or Bike to School Day

On Wednesday, Oct. 8, children in more than 40 countries will join an international movement, called Walk or Bike to School Day in Cleveland Heights and University Heights.

Walk or Bike to School Day promotes physical activity, which boosts children’s learning and reduces traffic congestion around schools.

Thanks to area schools’ physical education teachers, principals and parent-teacher associations; the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District, the City of Cleveland Heights (and of course, Heights Bicycle Coalition) for supporting this activity.

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Bicycle Tour of September 21 Heights Heritage Home & Garden Tour

The Heights Heritage Home & Garden Tour gives you a chance to have a closer look at beautiful Cleveland Heights homes and gardens that you can usually only admire from the street or sidewalk.  This year for the first time, Heights Bicycle Coalition is offering a group bicycle ride so that a limited number of lucky people can get around by bicycle to visit this dazzling collection of attractions.

The price is right!  Sign up now for discounted spaces – just $15 per person if your check is received by Wednesday, September 17, in our post office box below.  Be sure to include an e-mail address on your check or in the envelop so that we can confirm your ticket reservation and let you know the location of the first house on the ride, where you can pick up your ticket 12:00-12:15 p.m. on the day of the tour, Sunday, September 21:

Heights Bicycle Coalition

P.O. Box 18083

Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44118

Once you have your ticket, you can make your own way if you prefer.  We anticipate that the group will visit five locations north of Cedar Road by 3:00 p.m.  We’ll have a meet up at 3:00 p.m. at the Wine Spot, then group ride participants can finish the ride by visiting the homes and gardens on the tour south of Cedar Road on their own.  Heights Community Congress arranges the Heights Heritage Home & Garden Tour, and proceeds benefit HCC programs.


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