All Geared Up family bike event planned for May 16
All Geared Up, a new community cycling event, will take place on Saturday, May 16, from 9 a.m. until noon, at Canterbury Elementary School in Cleveland Heights. The free event will include one- and two-mile family fun rides, a bike rodeo for children in kindergarten through fifth grade, safety demonstrations by bike police officers, a used bike sale, a father and child Big Wheel relay race, health and fitness displays, refreshments and giveaways.
Organizer and University Heights resident Darren W. Carter had a vision for a family-friendly event that would encourage parents and kids to explore cycling together. He connected with community leaders in both University Heights and Cleveland Heights to help develop his vision, and partnered with Canterbury Elementary School to host the event on and around its grounds.
Organizers have been pleased with the positive reception and support for the event so far.
“We have had numerous community organizations join this event as a way to promote healthy living and fitness. Both cities and the CH-UH school district have been tremendously supportive,” said Carter. “We are looking forward to a very successful first year and expanded activities in years to come.”
All Geared Up will add a family-focused activity to the region’s extensive Bike Month calendar of events this May. The event is free will be held rain or shine, and is free, but registration is required. Visit www.AllGearedUp.info for additional information and to register.
Participants are strongly encouraged to bike to the event, but parking will be available on the street, as well the First Baptist Church parking lot on Fairmount Boulevard.
Michelle Bandy-Zalatoris is a Cleveland Heights resident, a city planner and a local food advocate.