Sept 18th – Join the Heights Heritage Home Tour by Bike! $15 advance purchase tickets

Through a collaboration with Heights Community Congress, HBC is selling advance purchase discounted tickets to cyclists interested in biking the Heights Heritage Home and Garden Tour on September 18th!!  General information about the tour: this page.  Want to place an order for a ticket?  Fill in this order form to receive a payment request and order confirmation.

Join HBC for an informal bike ride of the HHH&G Tour:  If you’d like to join a group of bike riders on this tour, check back at this site just before September 18th to see where the HBC Group will stop!  (NOTE:  While you do not have to ride with the group to order a discounted ticket, these tickets are for individuals riding their bikes!  If you do not plan to ride your bike on this tour, check the HCC website for other available discounts.)

Questions?  Email Sarah at saraheokeeffe@gmail.com.
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Aug 17 Bike Ride to Feature Trees

Trees! We need them to feel cool and connected. They add to the beauty of our neighborhoods, improve air and water quality, and increase the property values of our homes.

Join the Heights Bicycle Coalition for a Tree Ride on Wednesday, August 17, 6:30 p.m., beginning at the CH-UH Schools Delisle Center, 14780 Superior Blvd. The approximately four mile ride will feature information about the state of our regional tree health and local efforts to plant and tend more trees on public and private land. Also included will be tips about how to plant and tend your own trees.

The ride will include four stops at points of special interest and will end at Boulevard School, 1749 Lee Road. Rain date is Thursday, August 18, starting at the same time and place.

To see a map the regional tree density, see the Cuyahoga Co Planning Commission’s Urban Tree Canopy Tree Assessment.

The ride will be led by Sue Wolpert and Laura Marks, local tree enthusiasts.

Planting and tending trees is a joyous act of hope and optimism. 

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Refreshing August Bicycle Rides

Just doing something different or going someplace new can bring zest to life! Try one or more of these rides for a refreshing change of pace:

Every Saturday Morning, The Ohio City Bike Coop Social Ride, 10:30 a.m.

This weekly ride begins at the Coop in the Flats on the Cuyahoga River, 1840 Columbus Rd, Cleveland and ends by noon. The rides visit free local events or have a theme.  Read more…

Saturday, August 13, Geneva, 4th Bridges and Vines Bicycle Tour

A full-service fundraiser benefitting the United Way of Ashtabula County. In the heart of Ashtabula County’s wine country, ride 13, 25, 39, 65 or 103 flat to rolling miles. Travel past vineyards, through picturesque covered bridges, and near the Grand River. Century riders will cruise by the shores of Lake Erie. Spend some time at one of the county’s wineries post-ride. Lunch provided, tee shirt optional. Read more…

Saturday, August 13 and 27, 8 pm, Peninsula, Night Rides on the Towpath Trail

Free, fun ride for all skill levels covering 12 to 15 flat miles on the Towpath Trail of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Helmet and bike light required. Start from Century Cycles. 1621 Main St.; Peninsula, OH 44264. (330) 657-2209.  Read more…

Wednesday, August 17 (rain date August 18), 6:30 pm, Tree Ride in the Heights

Beginning at the CH-UH Schools’ Delisle Center, 14780 Superior Blvd., Cleveland Heights. The approximately four-mile ride will feature information about the state of our regional tree health and local efforts to plant and tend more trees on public and private land. Also included will be tips about how to plant and tend your own trees. Read more… 

Friday, August 26, 7-9 am, Bike to Work Friday

Free Phoenix coffee and snacks at the Cleveland Bike Rack, 2148 E. 14th Street, if you happen to be in the vicinity. Read more…

Saturday, August 27, 7 am-4 pm, Magical History Tour

Lake County Historical Society, 415 Riverside Drive, Painesville, OH 44077, offers 25 and 50 mile routes with podcasts that fill you in on historic sites. Includes gourmet lunch, hydration and snack stops.
Read more…

Slow Roll Mondays

August 8 – University Circle
August 15 – Public Square
August 22 – West Park
August 29 – Wendy Park

Read more…

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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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