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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Sept 18th – Join the Heights Heritage Home Tour by Bike!

Join HBC for an informal bike ride of the HHH&G Tour:  If you pre-paid for a ticket through HBC (or got one on your own and would like to join a group of bike riders on this tour) meet our group between 12pm-1pm at 2002 Denton Drive to ride along with us!  HBC Route.

Through a collaboration with Heights Community Congress, HBC has sold 25 advance purchase discounted tickets to cyclists interested in biking the Heights Heritage Home and Garden Tour on September 18th!  General information about the tour: this page.  We have filled the orders for the advanced discounted tickets at this time — check the HCC website for other available discounts.)

Happy and Safe riding to you!

HBC

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Irresistible September Bicycle Rides!

NEO CYCLE
Friday-Sunday, September 9-11, on the shores of Lake Erie in Cleveland
Sponsored by Bike Cleveland, this is the Midwest’s biggest urban cycling festival, featuring touring, racing, gear, demonstrations, celebration. Following are some highlights, but for complete information, see http://www.neocycle.org/  

NEO CYCLE NIGHT RIDE , Saturday, September 10 at 7:30 pm. Presented by Cuyahoga Community College.  Join over 2,000 glowing cyclists on a casual ride with exclusive views of downtown Cleveland and Lake Erie.  Registration required: Adults $35, under 16 $20.  Registration includes T-shirt and a front bike light.  Register before Thursday, September 8 at 5 pm. To register go to: https://www.bikereg.com/neocycle-nightride.  

MCPC FUNDO Saturday, September 10, 10 am, Edgewater Park, Cleveland. Registration required (Adult $35, Youth $15). Registration includes lunch and rest stops. Fully-supported tour of Cleveland’s historic neighborhoods and Flats with choices of 10/31/62 miles. Longest ride leaves from Edgewater Park at 10 am. To register, go to https://www.bikereg.com/neocycle-fundo 

SLOW ROLL, Sunday, September 11, 1 pm, Edgewater Park.

NIGHT RIDES ON THE TOWPATH TRAIL
Saturday, September 10 and September 24 (“Bike Your National Park Day”), Century Cycles, 1621 Main St., Peninsula, OH 44264
Free, fun ride for all skill levels covering 12 to 15 flat miles on the Towpath Trail of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Helmet and bike light required. For more information go to http://centurycycles.com/events/night-rides-on-the-towpath-trail-pg370.htm

RIDE FOR MILES
Sunday, September 11, 9:30 am, John Carroll University.

This is a 15-mile ride from John Carroll to Gates Mills and back. Registration is $25. RIDE FOR MILES is a nonprofit organization established by family, friends, and colleagues of Dr. Miles Coburn to educate people about the environment and bicycle safety. The annual noncompetitive bicycle ride, Ride for Miles, raises funds for the John Carroll University Biology Department’s Miles Coburn Environmental Symposium. This project continues Miles’ work of educating students and the community about the urgency of environmental activism.
For more information go to: http://rideformiles.org/

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS HERITAGE TOUR, BY BICYCLE

Sunday, September 18, noon-6 pm
This is the 39th anniversary of this great Heights event.  The Heights Bicycle Coalition is partnering with Heights Community Congress to offer discounted tickets ($15) to encourage cyclists to complete the Heights Heritage Home Tour by bike.
For more information and ticket purchases go to http://www.heightscongress.org/tour–preview-party-tickets.html

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NOACA Needs You for Bike/Pedestrian Count!

With the generous help of volunteers, the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) conducts bicycle and pedestrian counts throughout Northeast Ohio during the months of May and September annually. These counts are conducted in order to gauge regional and local levels of bicycling and walking, identify trends based on count data to aid the planning and design of multimodal transportation infrastructure, and aid in the prioritization of bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure and planning projects.
Fall 2016 counts will be conducted on September 13-15 from 5pm-7pm. Volunteers will get a $25-$45 gift card to the athletic store of their choice. You can help by spreading the word and by volunteering! Fill out this survey to sign up:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NOACA_Bike_Counts_Sept2016

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Aug 17 Bike Ride to Feature Trees

Trees! We need them to feel cool and connected. They add to the beauty of our neighborhoods, improve air and water quality, and increase the property values of our homes.

Join the Heights Bicycle Coalition for a Tree Ride on Wednesday, August 17, 6:30 p.m., beginning at the CH-UH Schools Delisle Center, 14780 Superior Blvd. The approximately four mile ride will feature information about the state of our regional tree health and local efforts to plant and tend more trees on public and private land. Also included will be tips about how to plant and tend your own trees.

The ride will include four stops at points of special interest and will end at Boulevard School, 1749 Lee Road. Rain date is Thursday, August 18, starting at the same time and place.

To see a map the regional tree density, see the Cuyahoga Co Planning Commission’s Urban Tree Canopy Tree Assessment.

The ride will be led by Sue Wolpert and Laura Marks, local tree enthusiasts.

Planting and tending trees is a joyous act of hope and optimism. 

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Refreshing August Bicycle Rides

Just doing something different or going someplace new can bring zest to life! Try one or more of these rides for a refreshing change of pace:

Every Saturday Morning, The Ohio City Bike Coop Social Ride, 10:30 a.m.

This weekly ride begins at the Coop in the Flats on the Cuyahoga River, 1840 Columbus Rd, Cleveland and ends by noon. The rides visit free local events or have a theme.  Read more…

Saturday, August 13, Geneva, 4th Bridges and Vines Bicycle Tour

A full-service fundraiser benefitting the United Way of Ashtabula County. In the heart of Ashtabula County’s wine country, ride 13, 25, 39, 65 or 103 flat to rolling miles. Travel past vineyards, through picturesque covered bridges, and near the Grand River. Century riders will cruise by the shores of Lake Erie. Spend some time at one of the county’s wineries post-ride. Lunch provided, tee shirt optional. Read more…

Saturday, August 13 and 27, 8 pm, Peninsula, Night Rides on the Towpath Trail

Free, fun ride for all skill levels covering 12 to 15 flat miles on the Towpath Trail of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Helmet and bike light required. Start from Century Cycles. 1621 Main St.; Peninsula, OH 44264. (330) 657-2209.  Read more…

Wednesday, August 17 (rain date August 18), 6:30 pm, Tree Ride in the Heights

Beginning at the CH-UH Schools’ Delisle Center, 14780 Superior Blvd., Cleveland Heights. The approximately four-mile ride will feature information about the state of our regional tree health and local efforts to plant and tend more trees on public and private land. Also included will be tips about how to plant and tend your own trees. Read more… 

Friday, August 26, 7-9 am, Bike to Work Friday

Free Phoenix coffee and snacks at the Cleveland Bike Rack, 2148 E. 14th Street, if you happen to be in the vicinity. Read more…

Saturday, August 27, 7 am-4 pm, Magical History Tour

Lake County Historical Society, 415 Riverside Drive, Painesville, OH 44077, offers 25 and 50 mile routes with podcasts that fill you in on historic sites. Includes gourmet lunch, hydration and snack stops.
Read more…

Slow Roll Mondays

August 8 – University Circle
August 15 – Public Square
August 22 – West Park
August 29 – Wendy Park

Read more…

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Enticing Rides for You in July!

If you like group rides, you are fortunate to have many opportunities in the Cleveland area.  Here are our best picks for July:

Slow Roll – Every Monday night in a different Cleveland neighborhood.  Check it out at: http://www.slowrollcleveland.com/

Hudson Velo Club Sunday Ride 
Sunday, July 3, 11:30am – 2:30pm.  Meet at Peet’s Coffee in downtown Hudson.
Hudson Velo Club is a casual biking club based in the town of Hudson, Ohio, and focused on recreational road biking.  This club conducts informal group rides in and out of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, as well as other routes.  http://hudsonveloclub.blogspot.com/

Night Rides On the Towpath Trail 
Saturday July 9 , July 16 and July 23, starting at 8pm from Peninsula.
Free, fun ride for all skill levels covering 12 to 15 flat miles on the Towpath Trail. You must have a bike, helmet and light.  http://centurycycles.com/events/night-rides-on-the-towpath-trail-pg370.htm

Tour De Fox – Great Lakes, in conjunction with the Michael J. Fox Foundation
Saturday July 16, departure times from 7:00 am to 9:00 am. Register in advance or on the day of the event.  Leaving from the Hawken School in Gates Mills.
This is a fundraising ride with 10, 35 and 75 mile options, raising money for the treatment and cure of Parkinson’s Disease. http://tourdefox.michaeljfox.org/greatlakes/Static/Event-Info

Sweet Corn Challenge by Eddy’s Bike Shop
July 24, ride times start at 6:45 am, in Richfield, Ohio.
This is a SAG supported ride benefitting Feeding America, with 10, 25, 50 and 100 mile routes. Registration fees from $18 to $32, with same day registrations are available.  Registration is limited to 2,500 cyclists. www.sweetcornride.com

Velo Sano !
July 29 – 31.  With signs in front yards all over town, everyone probably already knows about this big Cleveland Clinic ride in July. Velo Sano is a fundraising ride you can do as part of a team or as a solo rider. There are registration fees and fundraising commitments.  Ride lengths are 12, 25, 50, 100 and 202 miles.
http://www.velosano.org/home.aspx

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Slow Roll Comes to Cleveland Heights on Saturday, June 25!

Don’t miss the Slow Roll Cleveland Bike Ride in Cleveland Heights on Saturday, June 25, from 4-5:30 p.m. Meet at Coventry Peace Arch, on the corner of Euclid Heights Boulevard and Coventry Road.
Slow Roll Cleveland is a group bike ride that normally meets every Monday evening at different locations in Cleveland. But at 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 25, Slow Roll will start from the Peace Park at the intersection of Coventry Road and Euclid Heights Boulevard in Cleveland Heights for an 8-10 mile bicycle circuit lasting 75-90 minutes. This is a family friendly ride, designed for all ages, skill levels and rider types. The pace (generally not more than 8-10 mph) allows just about anyone to ride along and feel comfortable cycling in a safe, low-stress environment while enjoying the surroundings.  Lights and helmets are encouraged but not mandatory. Bring an extra tube with you just in case. The ride will end where it started, at the Coventry Peace Park.  From there, riders may join a group heading to one of the restaurants or bars on Coventry. FREE.
For the occasion, Slow Roll created an event page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1768492013434858/
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Free Coventry Bike Tune-Up Day, June 4, 11am-1pm

The third annual Free Coventry Bike Tune-Up Day will be at Pekar Park Courtyard (NW corner of Coventry Rd. and Euclid Hts. Blvd in CH). Bring your bike to this FREE event. Mechanics and volunteers will provide bicycle safety inspections and minor repairs. First come, first served, and all parts are “while supplies last.” Parts generously donated by Hirobel LLC and Coventry Village Special Improvement District. Tips will benefit Heights Bicycle Coalition. If you can make minor repairs, volunteer to help by contacting Jeremy Komasz.

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