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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Annual Meeting on April 27

Help steer the future of bicycling in the Heights by attending the Heights Bicycle Coalition’s Annual Member Meeting at the Historic Superior Schoolhouse on Sunday, April 27, 4 – 6 p.m.  After a brief meeting to elect trustees and conduct other business, we will present the program: Bicycling in the Heights: Past, Present and Future.
The CH Historical Society will help provide the cycling history lesson, the present day portion of the program will include an overview of recent bicycle coalition work and finally, Richard Wong, Cleveland Heights Director of Planning and Economic Development, will talk about the steps the City is taking to improve bicycling.
You’ll have a chance to share your memories of bicycling in the Heights and provide ideas for our future. All are welcome but seating is limited.
The Old Schoolhouse is located at 14391 Superior Boulevard (at Euclid Heights Boulevard) and is the home of the CH Historical Center.

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Smart Cycling Class

The Heights Bicycle Coalition and the City of Cleveland Heights are collaborating to offer the League of American Bicyclists’ Smart Cycling course, taught by League Certified Instructors.  The half-day class will prepare everyone age 14 or older to safely commute, run errands and have fun on bicycles.  The class is for bicyclists of all experience levels, ranging from new bicyclists up to experienced bicyclists who want to refine their skills and teach others.

Choose either Saturday, May 17, or Saturday, June 14.  Cost is just $12 per individual or per family, which includes one manual.

Classroom instruction begins at 9 a.m. at Cleveland Heights City Hall, 40 Severance Center.  Skills training will be held in the parking lot at Lutheran East High School across the street from City Hall.  Class ends at 12:30 p.m.

Additional manuals are available at a cost of $12 each.  Plan to bring a bicycle, helmet and lock to the class.

Class size is limited, and pre-registration is required.  Register online:

To register by telephone, call Jennifer Kuzma at 216-291-2854.
For more information about the course, call Joy Henderson at 216-321-8081.
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Become a Board Member!

Several of the current HBC board members are stepping down at the end of their terms this spring and we are looking for new members!!   We are a small but mighty organization and are proud of our accomplishments in the four years since our birth:
  • Supported the City of CH in achieving the League of American Bicyclists Bicycle Friendly Community designation
  • Led summer evening community bike rides – Free Wheelin Wednesdays
  • Coordinated bike clubs in 2 CH-UH elementary schools
  • Partnered with the City of CH and University Circle on a grant that improved bicycle access on Edgehill Rd – a major connection between the Heights and Univ Circle
  • Produced a Heights area bike map – the new version is in the works, coordinating with Bike Shaker
  • Increased number of public bike racks in City of Cleveland Heights
  • Partnered with Friends of the CH-UH Public Library for the BookBike initiative
  • Encouraged the city of CH to form the Transportation Advisory Committee
Do you know someone who wants to make a difference in cycling access in the Heights by continuing with and building upon these partnerships and programs?  Are you an HBC member?  Nominate someone:
Nominations from HBC members are requested by the March 4th Annual Board meeting and will be voted on by the membership at the April 1st Annual Member Meeting.  For more information, contact Sarah O’Keeffe at chbikecoalition [at] gmail [dot] com, and write BOARD NOMINATION in the subject line.
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Updates on Cleveland Heights School Travel Plan and Transportation Advisory Committee

After several drafts, the Cleveland Heights School Travel Plan is nearly complete.  Once submitted to the Ohio Department of Transportation Safe Routes to School, the recommendations provided in this plan will be the basis for applications for infrastructure and non-infrastructure grants.  The grant applications are due on March 3.  Infrastructure improvements around the schools in the study could include better signage and ladder crosswalks, for example.  Non-infrastructure improvements may include materials to market the benefits of walking or biking to school or new equipment for crossing guards.  The schools in the plan are Canterbury, Oxford and Roxboro Elementary Schools, Monticello Middle School and Hebrew Academy.  Grant awards will be announced in May.

The Cleveland Heights Transportation Advisory Committee will be meeting for the second time on Tuesday, February 25, 7 p.m., at Cleveland Heights City Hall.  The committee will hear a presentation by Public Works Director Alex Mannarino on the City’s plans affecting transportation.  Also on the agenda are development of a mission statement and goals, and a process for electing committee leadership.   The meeting is open to the public.  Members of the Committee are Cleveland Heights residents Chris Cummings, Marc Lefkowitz, Julie Lustic, Howard Maier, Charlie Mosbrook, Sarah O’Keeffe, Gary Schumacher, and Akshai Singh; City employees include Richard Wong (Planning), Alex Mannarino (Public Works), Police Sgt. Ben Osowski; and representing RTA, we are honored to have Joe Calabrese, RTA CEO and General Manager. Residents represent various interests, including transit users, bicyclists, pedestrians, people with disabilities, and the school and business communities.  A first meeting of this group was on January 28 and included presentations by Richard Wong, Officer Osowski and Joe Calabrese. Mary Dunbar is City Council liaison to the committee.

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Come on January 16 for Public Input on Cleveland Heights School Travel Plan

A public hearing to review a draft of a School Travel Plan for select Cleveland Heights schools is set for Thursday, Jan. 16, at 6:30 p.m. in council chambers at Cleveland Heights City Hall, with questions and answers to follow.  Residents interested in the effort to improve safe walking and biking to school are encouraged to attend, learn about the plan, and provide input.

In May 2013, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) awarded the City of Cleveland Heights a consultant to help develop a school travel plan.  The plan is required for the city to apply for Safe Routes to School grants for infrastructure improvements and educational programs. Infrastructure might include improved traffic signals for crossing busy streets, while education programs support safety education for walking and bicycling. Read More »

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Don’t Miss Award-Winning Bicycle Movie on January 23!

Rising From Ashes, the feature-length documentary about Team Rwanda, will premiere in Cleveland on Thursday, January 23 when the cycling film screens at 7 p.m. at the Cedar Lee Theatre, 2163 Lee Road in Cleveland Heights. Here’s a link to a trailer about the movie: www.risingfromashesthemovie.com.

The event will benefit the Heights Bicycle Coalition and Bike Cleveland.  We are expecting a large turnout for this film and suggest you purchase tickets in advance to ensure a seat the night of the show. Tickets are $10 in advance (plus a $1 service fee) at www.imathlete.com/events/risingfromashes. Click on the red “CLICK HERE” link at the top of the page to see a list of shows. Tickets at the door the night of the show will be $15, if any remain.  Read More »

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Getting Connected

CH-UC-bike-map

In the next year or two, the Lake to Lakes Trail will connect Lake Erie to the Shaker Lakes.  This trail takes advantage of the existing Harrison-Dillard Bikeway through Rockefeller Park, past the Cultural Gardens.  After passing through University Circle, the trail winds uphill along Fairhill Road.  Currently, it ends at the Cleveland-Shaker Heights border on Fairhill.

Cleveland Heights and Shaker Heights share grants to extend the trail to the Shaker Lakes.  Cleveland Heights will contribute $28,000 or less for engineering and construction of the part of the trail that connects the Lake to Lakes Trail to the North Park bike lanes at Coventry.  Construction may start in 2014 but will likely be completed in 2015.

Total cost of the Shaker Heights-Cleveland Heights project is projected to be $680,000.  The green segment on the map above shows the Cleveland Heights portion of the project.

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