September rides showcase homes, gardens and art
Looking for a way to get some exercise with like-minded people, while seeing many of the great sights the area has to offer? The Heights Bicycle Coalition (HBC) frequently hosts group rides, including the two September rides below. Hop on your bike and join in the fun!
Sunday, Sept. 16 - Heights Heritage Home & Garden Tour by Bike
A great way to enjoy the Heritage Home and Garden Tour is by bicycle. Parking is easy when all you need is a patch of grass! Join Heights Community Congress and HBC for an afternoon of biking and touring.
Pedal up and purchase your discounted $20 bicycle ticket at the bike fix-it station at the corner of Coventry Road and North Park Boulevard on Sunday, Sept. 16, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. We'll give you our recommended turn-by-turn route to enjoy all the homes and gardens on the tour before you set out for a fun and healthy afternoon. For more information about the tour, visit www.heightscongress.org/index.html.
Saturday, Sept. 22 – FRONT Triennial Tour de Art
This all-day bike tour will visit several exhibitions in FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art. FRONT is a mix of artist commissions, performances, films and public programs examining the ever-changing and politically urgent conditions of an American city.
The ride will depart from the bike fix-it station at Coventry Road and North Park Boulevard at 9:30 a.m., then head to University Circle to visit Judy’s Hand Pavilion outside of the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, as well as several exhibitions and installations at the Cleveland Museum of Art. The tour continues on to Playhouse Square for a viewing of Love Story, a video installation that centers on the cult of celebrity and the overwhelming influence the media exerts on our world view. After stopping to enjoy the Canvas City murals on Prospect Avenue, riders will head downtown to the Cleveland Arcade and Cleveland Public Library. The Arcade features Cleveland’s 1973 City Canvas public art project, while the library’s exhibit, The American Library, consists of 6,000 books, each bearing the name of a first- or second-generation immigrant whose life and work impacted culture.
The next stop is a haunting installation of works by photographer Dawoud Bey at Saint John Episcopal Church in Ohio City, then on to SPACES for A Color Removed—a citywide project that seeks to remove the color orange from Cleveland in response to the shooting of Tamir Rice (the toy pistol he was holding was missing an orange tip meant to denote it was not a real gun). At Transformer Station, we'll visit Human Right, a project that examines the relationship between personal narratives and social conditions in Middlesbrough, England.
The tour ends at the West Side Market for a fusion of food and art with John Riepenhoff’s Cleveland Curry Kojiwurst special sausage, an original FRONT-commissioned product, being featured in various collaborations with vendors and restaurateurs during the exhibition's three months. After a lunch break, the group will ride the eight miles back to the Heights. Riders will also have the option to take public transportation back home.
As with all HBC rides, participants are urged to remember to wear a helmet, and bring water and a bike lock. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent. For more information on rides, or to get involved, visit www.heightsbicyclecoalition.org.
Heights Bicycle Coalition
Heights Bicycle Coalition is a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to educating and encouraging Heights community members to use bicycles as a sustainable and healthy form of transportation and recreation. This article was written by Jamison Babb, Angel Reyes and the coalition's communications committee.