Cycling Movie on Monday, Feb. 15, Benefits Veterans

Buy tickets now, before it’s too late, to view the cycling documentary, Recovering, showing at Cedar Lee Theater on Monday, February 15, at 7:00 p.m.  You’ll learn about Veterans using sports to heal from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI), and to adapt to physical challenges due to injury.

In the film, veterans speak openly about their struggles overcoming PTSD, physical wounds and rehabilitation, and thoughts of suicide. The film is a chance for all of us to learn more about those who have served our Nation and erase the stigma of war wounds, seen and unseen.

Proceeds of this event will support Team RWB’s ongoing mission to enrich the lives of America’s Veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity. A portion of the proceeds will go to expand Ride2Recovery in Ohio.

The one-hour documentary will be followed by a panel discussion of local Veterans, Team RWB Members, Ride2Recovery members and the film’s Director, Michael de Yoanna. EVERY sale includes a Post-Event Social. There will be raffle prizes from local businesses and Team RWB.  Brimstone Bicycles in Canal Fulton, Ohio has donated a road bicycle, worth up to $1,300, to the raffle.

This event is sponsored by Hirobel Cycling Components (also a benefactor of Heights Bicycle Coalition), Team RWB, Become Films, Ride2Recovery and Local Supporters.

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Come to Our Movie on Feb. 4 to be Inspired to Ride

Heights Bicycle Coalition is sponsoring a showing of “Inspired to Ride,” a stunning documentary about the inaugural TransAm Bike Race, held in 2014 on the TransAmerica Trail. The film will screen at Strosacker Auditorium, Strosacker Auditorium, 2125 Adelbert Rd, Cleveland, 44106, on the campus of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland on Thursday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m.

Car parking on street or in Veale Garage, $5. Bike parking FREE.

The movie follows a handful of cyclists in the 2014 inaugural TransAm Bike Race, a 4,233-mile cross-country, self-supported race from Astoria, Ore., to Yorktown, Va.

Purchase your tickets in advance for just $12 per person at or pay $15 at the door. Ticket sales will benefit Heights Bicycle Coalition.

The riders are entirely self-supported – no crew, no follow vehicles and no prize money waiting at the end. They ride 300 miles a day and rely solely on their fitness, meticulously chosen gear and mental fortitude to get them to the finish.

The athletes climb the Rockies, face winds in the Great Plains and switchbacks in the Appalachians all for a pat on the back, potential bragging rights and a cold beer when it’s over.

The Strosacker Auditorium is located at 2125 Adelbert Road on the CWRU campus. Parking garages are nearby.

To view the trailer or for more information about the film, go to


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2015 Summary Annual Report

Our excellent Holiday Party at Nighttown on December 9, 2015, included a brief overview of highlights of Heights Bicycle Coalition activities in 2015.  After a few welcoming remarks, HBC President Mary Dunbar offered this summary of 2015:

“…We have an Engineering Committee which has proposed wayfinding in the Heights, and we’re working to move that along.  It could coordinate with the Eastside Greenway Project to connect the eastside of Cleveland via 19 eastside communities to the Emerald Necklace and Metroparks.  This obviously requires collaboration with the City of Cleveland Heights.

I’m happy to report that we have ongoing support for bicycle facilities – sharrows, bike lanes and bicycle parking – from the City.  I hope you may have had an opportunity to view the latest success for Cleveland Heights – our connection to the Lake to Lakes Trail.  It’s a nice space with a bike fix-it station at the corner of Coventry and North Park so you can pump up your tires or adjust your bicycle. Read More »

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Holiday Party – Wed, Dec 9, 7 pm

Don’t miss the annual Heights Bicycle Coalition Holiday Party and meeting at Nighttown, 12387 Cedar Rd, 7 pm, Wednesday, December 9.  We’ll buy your first glass of beer/wine/soft drink and provide light refreshments.

The program includes:

  • Jacob VanSickle, Executive Director of Bike Cleveland will talk about Bike Cleveland’s 2015 accomplishments and plans for 2016.
  • Winter Bike Commuting: A three person panel will talk about bike commuting and how they do it. Ask questions and share your commuting strategies.
  • Brief update on HBC activities.

Then, linger on to enjoy holiday cheer and the company of fellow cyclists…

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Ten Thousand Villages Benefit Party on Friday, November 13

Join HBC members and leaders on Friday, Nov. 13 from 6-8 p.m. at the Ten Thousand Villages store, 12425 Cedar Road, for a benefit party and to start your holiday shopping. tenthousandvillages

Ten Thousand Villages sells unique handmade gifts, jewelry, home decor, art and sculpture from artisans in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. A portion of all sales will benefit HBC.

We will provide beer, snacks and bicycle commuting information. Several members of the CWRU Cycling team will join us for the evening of cycling celebration.

November 13 is also a Cedar Fairmount Second Friday, when retail stores at stay open until 8 p.m.

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Wednesday, October 7 is Walk or Bike to School Day

October 7 is International Walk to School Day around the world. In the Heights, we celebrate October 7 as Walk or Bike to School Day.
Our District has participated from the start in this fast-growing event.
Walk or Bike to School Day events raise awareness for good routes for bicycling and walking and emphasize the importance of increasing physical activity among children, improving pedestrian safety, reducing traffic congestion and taking care of the environment.
All novice cyclists who plan to begin riding to school should have instruction from a knowledgeable adult about bike handling skills and other bike safety information. Check with your child’s school for participation information.
For more information, see the National Walk/Bike to School website.  All K-8 public schools in the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District are listed on this site.
For information about local cycling events, see the Heights Bicycle Coalition website.
Read about last year’s event in the District and see photos here.
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Bike the Heights Heritage Home and Garden Tour on September 20th!

Through a collaboration with Heights Community Congress, HBC sold 20 advance purchase discounted tickets to cyclists interested in biking the Heights Heritage Home and Garden Tour on September 20th!!  Still need a ticket or general information about the tour itself? Please visit this page.  Have a ticket?  Join HBC for an informal bike ride of the HHH&G Tour!

HBC Group Biking the HHH&G Tour: Sunday, September 20
We will be meeting up at #1- 15903 Brewster Road starting at noon, departing the Brewster location by bike promptly at 1pm.  The ride will then continue as follows and you are welcome to join us at any time:
#10 – 939 Quilliams Road (behind Oxford School)
#9 – 1836 Wilton Road
#8 – 2972 Yorkshire Road
#4 – 2218 Stillman Road
#3 – 2221 Woodmere Drive
#7 – 2336 Delaware Drive
#2 – 2244 Harcourt Drive
We will then do our best to stop at #5 and #6 of this tour as a group, as time allows!  Have a great ride!!
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August Bike Rides Feature Gardens, Ice Cream and Art

Join us for fun and relaxing rides in August. All ride participants are asked to sign waivers. Helmets and bike locks strongly encouraged.  Bike lights are needed if you are pedaling home after dark.

Back to the Farm, Back to Nature
August 1, 10 a.m. – noon
Begins at the Coventry Peace Arch, S.E. corner of Coventry Road and Euclid Heights Boulevard

 This ride features examples of rain gardens, bioswales (rain collection areas), permaculture (sustainable growing practices), community gardens, “Food not Lawns” and an opportunity to meet a new generation of gardeners. get ideas for your garden and yard. Rain date:  Sunday, August 2, 1 – 3 p.m.

Family Fun, Ice Cream and E.T.
August 6, 6-8 p.m. Cedar Lee Ice Cream Social, Katz Club, 1975 Lee Road, followed by Family Bike Ride to Coventry outdoor movie event.

Ice Cream Social event includes complementary ice cream, Euclid Beach Rocket Car, face painting, cupcake decorating and crafts.

7:45 p.m., Family Bike Ride leaves Katz Club, ends at Coventry School for outdoor movie The Extra-Terrestrial (PG). At 8 p.m., the Natural History Museum will present Is Anybody Out There with telescopes and sky-watching. A fabulous playground is also available. Movie starts at 9 p.m. Ice Cream Social Sponsored by Katz Club, Edible Cleveland and Cedar Lee SID. Movie and Sky Watching sponsored by Coventry SID and Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

Ride Leader: Greg Jolivette and family.

Public Art in Cleveland Heights – 2000 to the Present
August 20, 7 p.m., Heights Arts Gallery, 2175 Lee Road – gallery talk,
August 22, 10 a.m. – noon, bike tour of public art, begins at gallery.

Peggy Spaeth, former director of Heights Arts, will talk about public art in Cleveland Heights from 2000 to the present on August 20. On August 22, the bike ride will visit the art location, including murals and sculptures. Some sites will feature the artists discussing their works. Rain date: August 23, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Visit the Heights Arts/Events website for information and to register for the gallery talk. No registration is needed for the bike ride.

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Eastside Greenway Final Meeting

The final public meeting for the Eastside Greenway Final Recommendations Presentation will be held on July 21, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., John Carroll University in the Lombardo Student Center.

Visit the Eastside Greenway website for more information.


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May Brings Bike Events to the Heights

Bike Month activities this year in the Heights:

May 4, 7:30 p.m., Cleveland Heights City Council will declare May Bike month for the fifth time since 2011.  Come and cheer!  (You can slip away after the resolution is voted on.)

May 6, Walk or Bike to School Day for Cleveland Heights-University Heights District Schools and Ruffing Montessori

May 11-15, Bike to Work Week

May 15,  7-9 a.m., Bike to Work Day.  We’ll celebrate with free coffee and pastries for all bicyclists under a tent at the intersection of Edgehill and Overlook Roads in Cleveland Heights.  Supported by Phoenix Coffee, Zagara’s Market, Future Heights, the City of Cleveland Heights, and Heights Bicycle Coalition.

May 16, All Geared Up, Canterbury School and the CH-UH School District will host this family friendly cycling event on Saturday, May 16, 9 a.m. – noon at Canterbury Elementary School, 2530 Canterbury Road. The event will include a one-mile and two-mile ride, a bike rodeo, safety clinics, a bike swap and more.All Heights area families are invited. More info here. Supported by the Canterbury principal and PTA, Cleveland Heights Police Bike Unit, cities of Cleveland Heights and University Heights, and more.

May 20, 6 p.m., Ride of Silence.  This annual group ride highlights the importance of safety. The ride starts promptly at 6pm in the parking lot on the southwest side of John Carroll University (JCU) and proceeds slowly and silently west on Fairmount Boulevard to University Hospitals in University Circle. Riders from the JCU will join groups starting from other locations for a brief program shortly before 7 p.m. to honor bicyclists killed or injured while riding their bicyclists. *Riders will also meet downtown at 6pm near the Free Stamp sculpture east of City Hall on Lakeside.

May 23, 9:30 a.m. – noon, Bike Tour of Four Historic Districts, starting from Ensemble Theater, in the Coventry School Building, 2843 Washington Blvd., Cleveland Heights, 44118.  You’ll learn about architectural styles, the people who lived here back in the day, and Landmark buildings. To register for the ride, call 216-291-4878. Rain date of June 6.

May 30, 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Bike Tune-up Day at Coventry Courtyard, northwest corner of Coventry Road and Euclid Heights Boulevard in Cleveland Heights.  Bring your bike for minor repairs or an assessment.


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