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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Heights Bicycle Coalition Annual Meeting is Sunday, April 26

By popular demand, the Heights Bicycle Coalition Annual Meeting will be held at the Superior Schoolhouse again this year.  Come from 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 26, to hear about what lies ahead for bicycling in the Heights, this year and beyond.  The meeting sets the stage for May Bike Month activities and summer group bicycle rides, and you’ll learn about a way-finding initiatives and the Heights Safe Routes to School program.  You’ll also gain expert advice from Brandon Hirokawa, founder of Hirobel LLC, on “Best Practices for Maintaining Your Bicycle.”  Join in for convivial conversation and discussion, as well as refreshments.

The Superior Schoolhouse is at 14391 Superior Road (at Euclid Heights Boulevard).  Bicycle parking will be available.


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Transportation Advisory Committee Recommends Complete Streets Policy

The city of Cleveland Heights created a Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) that launched in January 2014 to improve transportation access for bicyclists, pedestrians and transit users of all ages and abilities. The TAC includes citizens and city officials and will make recommendations on transportation issues and programs to City Council.

After meeting monthly since the group formed, the members recommended that the city adopt a Complete Streets Policy, which will incorporate the best elements from the more than 700 states, counties and municipalities that have already adopted these policies.

A Complete Streets Policy would require street construction to consider including infrastructure that would make transportation safe and convenient for all users – not just for drivers of motorized vehicles.

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Webinar on Resident’s Guide for Creating Safer Communities for Walking and Bicycling

The Federal Highway Administration just released “A Resident’s Guide for Creating Safer Communities for Walking and Bicycling,” a free guide offering step-by-step instructions for residents and community groups looking to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety, access, and comfort. The guide is available for download at

The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) is offering a webinar that provides an overview of the guide and will review how two communities used the principles outlined within it to make their communities more walkable and bikeable.  Presenters include:

  • Tamara Redmon, FHWA
  • Laura Sandt, PBIC
  • Eva Garcia, City of Brownsville, Texas
  • Ramiro Gonzalez, City of Brownsville, Texas
  • John Paul Shaffer, Livable Memphis

The webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time.  To register:

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Public Meetings Seek Input on Eastside Greenway

A regional consortium will host a second round of public meetings to solicit feedback about the proposed Eastside Greenway. The proposed trail will connect current bicycle and pedestrian trails in 19 communities. Meetings dates are:

January 28, 7-9 p.m.: Happy Dog at Euclid Tavern, 11625 Euclid Ave, Cleveland

January 29, 7-9 p.m.: Beachwood Public Library, 25501 Shaker Blvd, Beachwood

February 2, 7-9 p.m.: Waterloo Brew, 15335 Waterloo Rd, Cleveland

February 3, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: University Heights Public Library, 13866 Cedar Rd, University Heights

The meetings will include:

  • Overview of the project with proposed routes
  • Results of the trail inventory and analysis
  • Alternative routes for the greenway network
  • Asking the public for feedback on routes

More information on the Eastside Greenway can be found on the project’s website.

Read Sreven Litt’s article Regionalism: Opinions Sought on Eastside Greenway in the January 25 Plain Dealer.

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Experience Winter on a Bike

Winter cycling is cool. Sometimes it is actually cold. But, with the proper clothes and equipment, it is a great way to be outside and experience the awe and beauty of winter in both the city and on the trail.

The hearty winter cyclists that keep the pedals turning all year long are brethren to skiers, ice skaters and ice fisherman and use some of the same equipment. Warm mittens, snow boots and pants, parkas and goggles are all non-cycling specific clothing that are perfect for winter riding.

AliceStrattonWinterCyclingAnd then there is the bike. Skinny tires are out. Knobby or other specialty tires will provide traction in snow and ice, disc brakes are good for more consistent stopping power and it is good to ride a hearty frame that will be subjected to lots of salt.

While winter cyclists are still a minority, more people are seeking fitness and transportation on two wheels in the winter.

One of the area’s winter bike commuters is Cleveland Heights resident Alice Stratton. She rides one mile to her job as physical education teacher at Fairfax School.


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