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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Slow Roll is Coming to the Heights!

The Family Friendly Slow Roll Ride in the Heights will be on Saturday, June 25, 4 pm, from the Peace Park in Coventry Village. The ride is for all ages, skill levels and riders. The ride will be approximately 8-10 miles and last 75-90 minutes, returning to the Peace Park. Speed is between 8-12 mph. Lights and helmets are encouraged but not mandatory. Please remember to bring an extra tube with you just in case you get a flat tire.

The route will be available a few days before the ride.  After the ride, join riders at one of the restaurants on Coventry.

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Other June Bike Activities

Ohio City Bicycle Co-op Social Rides are on the first Saturday of each month from 10 am-noon. These free, slow-paced (5-10 mph) rides have themes such as “Underground Railroad” or “Public Art.”  The next will be Saturday, June 4. Ohio City Bicycle Co-op is located at 1840 Columbus Road in Cleveland. Ride your own bike or borrow one of theirs. INFO.

Century Cycles Towpath Monthly Night Rides these free rides start at 8 pm and take 1.5-2 hours. The June 4 ride includes a free night of camping if you bike with your gear. INFO.

Sunday in June is organized by the Cleveland Touring Club. This year it’s on Sunday, June 12 and starts from Century Village in Burton. This is a fully supported classic tour through the heart of Northeast Ohio’s Amish countryside. The ride includes rest stops, well-marked roads, maps and SAG support. Distances are 26, 40, 50, 66 and 102 miles over rolling to hilly terrain on the rural roads of scenic Geauga County. Bicyclists can leave as early as 6:30 am, $35 per rider, advanced registration is recommended. INFO.

A presentation on Sustainable Cuyahoga: A toolkit of recommended best practices for cities in Cuyahoga County on Monday, June 13, 6:30 pm at the Lee Road Library (2345 Lee Road, CH). Learn about this new guidebook from Cuyahoga County Director of Sustainability, Mike Foley, in partnership with David Beach, Executive Director of the GreenCityBlueLake Institute. You can bet bicycling is a part of it!

Cleveland Velodrome’s Father’s Day Ride to the Hofbrauhaus is a 10+ mile ride on Sunday, June 19. Registration starts at 9 am with ride departure at 11 am. It’s free, but donations to the Velodrome are appreciated. INFO.

Ohio City Bicycle Co-op Shop Classes – space is available in June. Learn more about maintaining your ride. The Co-op offers a series of four classes. The fee is $100, and registration is required. INFO.

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May 2016 Bike Month!

It’s that time again, and we have a busy month ahead of us. Join us for great events throughout the month!
May 1: University Hospitals Community Bike Fest and Slow Roll Cleveland Season Opener Ride, 11100 Euclid Ave, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., ride begins at 1 p.m. University Hospitals (UH) will help Slow Roll Cleveland – Ohio’s biggest weekly bicycle ride – kick off its 2016 season with a bike-oriented festival on Sunday, May 1, 2016, just outside UH’s Case Medical Center campus on the corner of Euclid Avenue and UH Drive. UH seeks to promote healthful transportation opportunities through its Rainbow Injury Prevention Center safety program, Healthy Kids program and Emergency Services training program that will provide education on safe biking and helmet fitting as well as UH bike medics to accompany the Slow Roll ride.

May 2: Cleveland Heights City Council declares May Bike Month for the 5th year, 7:30 p.m., City Hall, 40 Severance Circle, 44118. Bike Month is a national event, celebrated in communities from coast to coast to showcase the many benefits of bicycling and to encourage more people to give bicycling a try.
May 4: Walk or Bike to School Day – All Cleveland Heights-University Heights public schools and some private and parochial schools participate. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that children and adolescents should do 60 minutes or more of physical exercise each day, and walking or bicycling to school is a great way to get some of that needed exercise.
May 10: Lakes-to-Lakes Trail Ribbon Cutting, 6 p.m., Heights Location TBA. Connecting Lake Erie to the Shaker Lakes has been a long-term effort. It’s time to celebrate!
May 14: All Geared Up, Community Bicycling Event for Families, Canterbury Elementary School, 9 a.m. – noon. This includes family bike rides, bike rodeos, free bike helmets while they last, low-cost pre-owned children and adult bicycles for sale, and more. All families are welcome.
May 16-20: Bike to Work Week, a nationwide celebration of bicycle commuting.
May 18: Ride of Silence, 7 p.m. Eastside bicyclists start from John Carroll University SE parking lot, then ride via Fairmount Boulevard through University Heights, Shaker Heights and Cleveland Heights to University Hospitals on Adelbert Road, to meet riders from downtown at 7:30 p.m. for a brief ceremony. This is an annual slow, silent memorial ride to honor those injured or killed while riding their bicycles.
May 20: Bike to Work Day. To encourage bicycle commuting, HBC and partners will sponsor a free Coffee/Edibles Station for bicycle commuters at the corner of Edgehill and Overlook Roads, 7-9 a.m. Stop by for conversation and refreshments!
June 4: Bike Tune-up Day at Coventry Courtyard, northwest corner of Coventry Road and Euclid Heights Boulevard, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., FREE. With the support of Coventry Village, Hirobel and Heights Bicycle Coalition assess bicycles’ safety ad make minor repairs. Hirobel is a Cleveland Heights company dedicated to creating innovative tools and accessories that provide advanced solutions for today’s bicycles. Hirobel’s most notable product to date is the Carbon Frame Clamp.

 

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How Bike Friendly Are We? Find Out at Annual Meeting April 17

All are welcome to come to the Heights Bicycle Coalition’s meeting on Sunday, April 17, 4 p.m., Nighttown. We’ll discuss progress to date in becoming a more Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC).

Cleveland Heights is currently one of just 13 Bronze-level BFCs in Ohio.  To continue to be recognized as a BFC and maybe move up to Silver, we must reapply in 2017.  Come and tell us what you want to make the Heights more bicycle friendly.

Complimentary appetizers, cash bar.  Nighttown is located at 12383 Cedar Rd, Cleveland Heights, OH 44106.

Also on the Agenda:

  • Bike Month (May) activities
  • A brief annual meeting, including:
    • Election of HBC officers
    • Approval of budget for the coming year
  • Volunteer opportunities:
    • Represent HBC at Earth Day tables:
      – Cleveland Clinic main campus, Friday, April 22, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
      – Disciples Christian Church, corner of Mayfield and Yellowstone, Cleveland Heights, Saturday, April 23, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    • Help set up and/or break down and/or be a welcoming host at the HBC Bike to Work Day Coffee Station, corner of Edgehill and Overlook Rds, CH, Friday, May 20, 7-9 a.m.
    • Become an HBC Board Member (board meets every other month for planning, usually early in the month as mutually convenient).
    • If interested in any of these opportunities, contact Mary Dunbar, 216-321-1335 or maryadunbar@gmail.com.
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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 www.inspiredtoride.it.

 

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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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