Enticing Rides for You in July!

If you like group rides, you are fortunate to have many opportunities in the Cleveland area.  Here are our best picks for July:

Slow Roll – Every Monday night in a different Cleveland neighborhood.  Check it out at: http://www.slowrollcleveland.com/

Hudson Velo Club Sunday Ride 
Sunday, July 3, 11:30am – 2:30pm.  Meet at Peet’s Coffee in downtown Hudson.
Hudson Velo Club is a casual biking club based in the town of Hudson, Ohio, and focused on recreational road biking.  This club conducts informal group rides in and out of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, as well as other routes.  http://hudsonveloclub.blogspot.com/

Night Rides On the Towpath Trail 
Saturday July 9 , July 16 and July 23, starting at 8pm from Peninsula.
Free, fun ride for all skill levels covering 12 to 15 flat miles on the Towpath Trail. You must have a bike, helmet and light.  http://centurycycles.com/events/night-rides-on-the-towpath-trail-pg370.htm

Tour De Fox – Great Lakes, in conjunction with the Michael J. Fox Foundation
Saturday July 16, departure times from 7:00 am to 9:00 am. Register in advance or on the day of the event.  Leaving from the Hawken School in Gates Mills.
This is a fundraising ride with 10, 35 and 75 mile options, raising money for the treatment and cure of Parkinson’s Disease. http://tourdefox.michaeljfox.org/greatlakes/Static/Event-Info

Sweet Corn Challenge by Eddy’s Bike Shop
July 24, ride times start at 6:45 am, in Richfield, Ohio.
This is a SAG supported ride benefitting Feeding America, with 10, 25, 50 and 100 mile routes. Registration fees from $18 to $32, with same day registrations are available.  Registration is limited to 2,500 cyclists. www.sweetcornride.com

Velo Sano !
July 29 – 31.  With signs in front yards all over town, everyone probably already knows about this big Cleveland Clinic ride in July. Velo Sano is a fundraising ride you can do as part of a team or as a solo rider. There are registration fees and fundraising commitments.  Ride lengths are 12, 25, 50, 100 and 202 miles.
http://www.velosano.org/home.aspx

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Slow Roll Comes to Cleveland Heights on Saturday, June 25!

Don’t miss the Slow Roll Cleveland Bike Ride in Cleveland Heights on Saturday, June 25, from 4-5:30 p.m. Meet at Coventry Peace Arch, on the corner of Euclid Heights Boulevard and Coventry Road.
Slow Roll Cleveland is a group bike ride that normally meets every Monday evening at different locations in Cleveland. But at 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 25, Slow Roll will start from the Peace Park at the intersection of Coventry Road and Euclid Heights Boulevard in Cleveland Heights for an 8-10 mile bicycle circuit lasting 75-90 minutes. This is a family friendly ride, designed for all ages, skill levels and rider types. The pace (generally not more than 8-10 mph) allows just about anyone to ride along and feel comfortable cycling in a safe, low-stress environment while enjoying the surroundings.  Lights and helmets are encouraged but not mandatory. Bring an extra tube with you just in case. The ride will end where it started, at the Coventry Peace Park.  From there, riders may join a group heading to one of the restaurants or bars on Coventry. FREE.
For the occasion, Slow Roll created an event page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1768492013434858/
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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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