All Geared Up is family-friendly bike event

Kids and adults gathered at Canterbury Elementary School for a past All Geared Up event.

All Geared Up is an award-winning event that encourages families to explore cycling together, while learning about safety and fitness. Now in its third year, the event received recognition from the Greater Cleveland Ohio Trails and Greenways Conference last summer, where it was awarded a Gold Medal for promoting community, student involvement and cycling culture.

This rain-or-shine event will be held on Saturday, May 6, 9 a.m. to noon, at Canterbury Elementary School, 2530 Canterbury Road in Cleveland Heights. It will feature a family fun ride, bike rodeo, demonstration by bike police offices, bike registrations, a used bike sale, raffles and more.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is encouraged. For complete information and to register, visit Participants are strongly encouraged to bike to the event, but on-street parking will be available.

All Geared Up was the idea of University Heights resident Darren Carter, who envisioned the event as a way for parents and children to connect over a healthy, lifelong activity. He reached out to community leaders in University Heights and Cleveland Heights to help develop his vision, and partnered with Canterbury Elementary School to host the event.

“We have had numerous community organizations join this event as a way to promote healthy living and fitness," said Carter. "University Heights Councilwoman Pam Cameron, Cleveland Heights Council Member Mary Dunbar, the Heights Bicycle Coalition and the Canterbury Elementary Staff and PTA have been instrumental in their support and planning efforts. We are looking forward to a very successful third year."

Michelle Bandy-Zalatoris

Michelle Bandy-Zalatoris is a Cleveland Heights resident, a city planner and a local food advocate. She has helped to organize the All Geared Up bike event since its inception.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 5:59 PM, 05.01.2017