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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Ride for Miles on Sunday, September 7

The 2014 Ride for Miles Bicycle Ride starts at 10 a.m. on Sunday, September 7.  Register online by midnight on Friday, September 5.
As always, the Ride will feature live music, lots of fine food from more than a dozen Heights area merchants, and a 15 mile police-protected route through the beautiful eastern edge of Cuyahoga County. The $25 advance registration fee includes a Ride For Miles custom t-shirt. Newly designed jerseys are available for $50 and windbreakers $60. You can also buy additional t-shirts when you register.
On site registration and the starting area are at John Carroll University Dolan Science Center – JCU’s front entrance right off Fairmount Circle. There is a map on the Ride For Miles web site.
Riders of all skill levels are encouraged to participate — if 15 miles is too long, there shorter routes on the same course. The Ride for Miles is recognized as a wonderful family event that caps the summer.  It honors the memory of Miles Coburn, a former biology professor at John Carroll University and Cleveland Heights resident who was killed by a motor vehicle while riding his bicycle in Geauga County.
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Volunteers Needed for September NOACA Bicycle/Pedestrian Count

Each year in May and September, the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) counts bicyclists and pedestrians at key locations to understand transportation trends.  More volunteers are needed.  Volunteers will also be provided a $40 gift card to the northeast Ohio bicycle shop of their choice!   This year, the counts will be on September 23, 24, 25 and 26.  Volunteers will be counting outdoors for two-hour periods on one or more of these days.

Currently, we’re proud to note that the intersection of Edgehill and Overlook Roads in Cleveland Heights has the highest bicycle usage in Northeast Ohio.  Click on this link for more information about the counts:  NOACA Bike/Ped Count Webpage    And click on this link to volunteer!  Sign-Up Survey

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Rare Chance to See Nela Park Art Collection

UPDATE:  THIS WAS SUCH A POPULAR IDEA THAT IT’S ALREADY FULLY REGISTERED.  MAYBE WE CAN DO IT AGAIN SOMETIME.

Nela Park in East Cleveland – just west of the Cleveland Heights border on Noble Road – was the world’s first industrial park. But did you know the facility is also renowned for its art collection?

Now, the GE Lighting Institute at Nela Park has agreed to show 40 lucky people that art collection on Monday, September 8, from 1:30-3:30 p.m.  And you could be one of them!

As part of a collaboration with the Heights Bicycle Coalition, the Cleveland Heights Historical Society is taking reservations at heightshistory@gmail.com or 216-314-0808.  Please provide your name, telephone number and an e-mail address.  Act fast, because registrations are limited.

To bicycle to Nela Park, meet Mary Dunbar and Kathy Schaefer as early as 12:45 p.m. at the Coventry Peace Arch (southeast corner of Coventry Road and Euclid Heights Boulevard) for a 1 p.m. bicycling start.  If you prefer to drive to Nela Park, the security guard will sign you in and instruct you on where to park.

Nela Park is named for a Cleveland company (National Electric Lamp Company) that was acquired by GE in 1900 in an effort to standardize the size of light bulb bases. Nela Park was established in 1911 when GE bought an abandoned vineyard seven miles from Cleveland in what was then the rural countryside.

The campus consists of 20 Georgian Revival-style buildings, all but four of which were built before 1921. Nela Park was designated a National Historic Place in 1975. Today, the 92-acre campus is home to GE’s Lighting Division and employs around 1,200. The facility is also known for its spectacular holiday lighting display.

 

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Join Us for Free Wheelin’ Wednesdays

For a fun and relaxing evening, don’t miss Free Wheelin’ Wednesdays, offered for free by Heights Bicycle Coalition to all who can ride a bicycle. The rides are every other Wednesday during summer months. They start at 6:30 p.m. from the Coventry Peace Arch. Please wear a helmet. This year’s line-up includes the following:
• June 4 – Meandering Ride, led by Mary Dunbar. No destination, just a mind-clearing tour of Heights neighborhoods
• June 18 – RIDE CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER.  RESCHEDULE FOR AUG 27.
• July 2 – Kid-Themed Ride, led by Sarah O’Keeffe. Ride to some of the Heights best destinations for kids, and play. KID-THEMED RIDE ROUTE MAP
• July 16 – Pub-Crawl Ride, led by Tom Ligman. For adults who want to try our local pubs. PUB CRAWL ROUTE MAP
• July 30 – Park Synagogue and Environs, led by Bert and Alice Stratton. Learn about and appreciate our Heights Jewish heritage
• August 13 – Family-Paced Shaker Lakes Ride, led by Greg Jolivette. After more than 100 years as parkland, the Shaker Lakes remain a draw for families.  SHAKER LAKES EAST ROUTE MAP
• August 27 – Forest Hill Historical Ride, led by Joy Henderson. Forest Hill Park was the home of John D. Rockefeller, the ride will explore the park and Rockefeller’s family history. In collaboration with The Cleveland Heights Historical Society.

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2014 Bike Month in the Heights

Once again, May is Bike Month in the Heights.  Cleveland Heights has more to celebrate than ever since becoming recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community in October 2013.  We’re building on all that has been accomplished with an expanding list of Bike Month activities in 2014.  Here’s the roster:

  • May 5 – At its 7:30 p.m. meeting, City Council declares May Bike Month in Cleveland Heights
  • May 7 – Walk or Bike to School Day for all Cleveland Heights University Heights Public Schools, with Ruffing Montessori joining the celebration this year. Select schools are providing bike rodeos and bike clubs this month too
  • May 12-16 – Bike to Work Week promotes the health and environmental benefits of bicycle commuting and aims to inspire more to give it a try
  • May 16 – Bike to Work Day is a fun opportunity for bicycle commuters to mingle and enjoy free coffee and coffee cake at the intersection of Overlook and Edgehill Roads, 7-9:30 a.m., courtesy of the Heights Bicycle Coalition, City of Cleveland Heights, Future Heights, Phoenix Coffee, and Zagara’s Marketplace
  • May 17 – EVERYONE will be delighted with what they learn when they take the Smart Cycling class taught by a League Certified Instructor, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Seize this opportunity! The class starts at Cleveland Heights City Hall, 40 Severance Circle, and ends at Lutheran East High School Parking Lot after skills drills (space is limited and pre-registration is required, so sign up now at May 17 Smart Cycling class or call Jennifer Kuzma, 216/291-2854)
  • May 21 – The annual Ride of Silence, honoring those injured or killed while riding their bicycles, starts at 6 p.m. sharp at the Carroll Expansion Lot at John Carroll University, University Heights, heads west on Fairmount Boulevard, and ends at the oval in front of University Hospitals on Adelbert Road for a brief memorial at about 7 p.m.
  • May 31 – Bike Tune-up Day runs from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.  Get ready for a summer of bicycling.  Bring your bicycle to Coventry Courtyard on the northwest corner of Coventry Road and Euclid Heights Boulevard for a tune-up
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Another Way to Help the Bike Coalition

Whole Foods Market at Cedar Center in University Heights is making Heights Bicycle Coalition a beneficiary of its Nickels for Non-Profits program through Sunday, July 6.

Whole Foods encourages customers to re-use their bags when they shop.  With each bag that a customer re-uses, Whole Foods offers the opportunity to donate a 5-cent credit to a local non-profit organization.  Most customers opt to donate.  At the end of the three month period, Whole Foods writes a check for the money raised to the organization.  So – if you shop at Whole Foods, take your own bags, and favor us!  Thank you.

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