Annual 'Ride for Miles' on Sept. 15 promotes environmental activism and bike safety

Miles Coburn was a professor of biology at John Carroll University, and an avid cyclist. 

The annual Ride For Miles, a 15-mile family-friendly bicycle ride through the eastern suburbs of Cleveland, will hit Heights streets for a sixth consecutive year on Sunday, Sept. 15. Ride For Miles is a nonprofit organization established by family, friends and colleagues of Dr. Miles Coburn, to raise funds for the purpose of educating the public regarding environmental stewardship and bicycle safety.

A John Carroll University (JCU) biology professor, Coburn was struck by an SUV and killed on Aug. 16, 2008 while riding his bicycle in Newbury Township, east of Cleveland. This project continues Coburn's work to educate students and the community about the urgency of environmental activism.

Peggy Spaeth, Coburn's widow, said, "I cannot think of a better way to honor my husband Miles than to teach even more people to act now about global climate change in his memory. Perhaps in some unfair way he is reaching even more people than before as a teacher. So, in his memory, educate yourself and act about global climate change."

The ride begins and ends at the John Carroll University Campus. Registration begins at 9 a.m., with a group photo and ride start time at 10 a.m. Following the 15-mile journey through parts of University Heights, Beachwood, Pepper Pike and Gates Mills, a celebration will be held on the JCU campus, featuring local food and live music. This year, the Swamp Rattlers will be performing, while riders enjoy food donated by many local establishments.

Each year, hundreds of avid cyclists, recreational cyclists, and families partake in this memorable local event. For more information on the route, and to register, visit

Mary K. Donnelly

Mary K. Donnelly is a marketing consultant with Front Burner Marketing, which is helping the organization Ride for Miles in promoting this event.

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