The Heights celebrates Bike Month

Juliette Godard and her father, Lance, were among several participants at Roxboro Elementary School in last fall's Walk or Bike to School Day in the CH-UH district.

In observance of National Bike Month, many bike-related events were held this May throughout the Heights.

At the May 6 Cleveland Heights City Council meeting, council members passed a resolution designating this month Bike Month in Cleveland Heights. Prior to the meeting, bicyclists gathered at the arch at Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Park and rode together to city hall, to thank the city for making the community more bicycle-friendly.

On Wednesday, May 8, Boulevard, Canterbury, Gearity, Noble and Roxboro elementary schools and Monticello and Roxboro Middle School participated in National Bike or Walk to School Day. According to the Heights Bicycle Coalition (HBC), kids who walk or bike to school are better able to learn, get the exercise they need for optimal health, navigate neighborhoods and avoid polluting the environment.

On May 15, a Ride of Silence was held to honor bicyclists who have died in accidents riding their bicycles. A group of riders met at John Carroll University at 5:45 p.m. and rode to University Hospitals. At University Hospitals, they were joined by bicyclists coming from Cleveland's Public Square for a brief memorial ceremony.

May 13–17 wass National Bike to Work Week. The Heights community celebrated Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 17. Courtesy of Phoenix Coffee, free coffee and pastries were available at the intersection of Edgehill and Overlook roads—one of the busiest bicycle routes in Northeast Ohio, according to HBC.

Later in the month, Boulevard and Gearity elementary schools held bike safety clinics on May 31, and Fairfax Elementary School held a Bike Rodeo on May 17. In preparation for that event, school volunteers collected donations of children's and small adult bicycles, in good condition, for students in grades 3-5 who don't have bikes. The students rode the donated bikes in the rodeo, and then take them home after the event.

"Biking and walking are great ways for students to get to and from school, especially on a beautiful spring day," said Cleveland Heights-University Heights communications coordinator Angee Shaker. "The physical activity ensures that they are more energetic, and thanks to Bike Club hosted by our PTAs and physical education teachers, our students are very familiar with bike safety."

For more information, and a complete list of Bike Month events in the Heights and throughout Greater Cleveland, visit www.bikecleveland.org.

Simone Quartell

Simone Quartell, a Heights High graduate, is a student at Cleveland State University and a Heights Observer intern.

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