Life Cycle

The grass roots of the rolling revolution

Is it a revolution? Yes, a fun-loving, fender-equipped, wind-through-your-hair rolling revolution. More people are riding their bikes. They are going to work, school, the dollar store and the coffee shop. 

How is this happening? Regionally, the work is being driven by many organizations and leaders. Here in Cleveland Heights and University Heights, the Heights Bicycle Coalition (HBC) plays a small role in advocating, educating and encouraging in the cycling arena (visit www.bikesintheheights.org). HBC organized three years ago to help make CH-UH more bicycle friendly. Cycling advocates in Shaker Heights recently formed Bike Shaker and are working on the same mission in their city.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 9:47 AM, 08.29.2014

July tours include Park Synagogue

The Heights Bicycle Coalition (HBC) continues its series of Freewheelin' Wednesday Rides with a kid-themed ride on July 2, a pub-crawl ride on July 16, and a special visit to Park Synagogue on July 30. All HBC Freewheelin’ Wednesday rides start at the Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Arch at 6:30 p.m. Bring a helmet.

The Park Synagogue ride combines a bit of outdoor recreation with information about history and architecture. Ellen Petler, membership and program director at the synagogue, will show the group around. Families are welcome.   

Park Synagogue was designed by architect Eric Mendelsohn, who grew up in Germany and designed some of the modern Berlin department stores that were bombed during World War II.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 11:57 AM, 07.01.2014

Free Wheelin' Wednesday bicycle rides

This popular series of Wednesday-evening bike rides returns this year and is a great way to spend summer evenings. The rides are easy, casual, meandering routes through the Heights, and showcase the community.  

Free Wheelin’ Wednesday rides are free and start at 6:30 p.m. at the Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Arch (corner of Coventry Road and Euclid Heights Boulevard). Each ride features a different theme. After the rides, the group often visits a bar on Coventry.  

This year’s lineup includes:

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 10:17 AM, 05.30.2014

School bike clubs

The Heights Bicycle Coalition (HBC) sponsored after-school bike clubs this fall for third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students at Canterbury and Fairfax elementary schools. Club activities included weekly rides of three to five miles on side streets, with a snack at the half-way stop. 

HBC volunteers Sarah O’Keeffe, Jeff Sugerman—with bike dog Chipper—Mitch Pilon and PTA members help school PE teachers Julie Lustic and Alice Stratton run the clubs. 

The goal of the clubs is to teach children bike safety and the rules of the road. The clubs also encourage students to get out and enjoy the fresh air.

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 1:06 PM, 12.02.2013

Not your average bike

Even the most dedicated bicyclist occasionally needs to haul something too big for a pannier (a bag attached to a bicycle) or a messenger bag. Trailers and special-purpose bikes make human-powered hauling easier. Whether you need to move equipment, clothing, or your kids, there is probably a bike available to do the job.

Two-wheeled cargo bicycles with a load on one side can be surprisingly stable, and there are options with three and four wheels, too. As with almost everything related to bicycles, the best solutions are often a blend of old and new technology.

 

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 10:16 AM, 08.30.2013

Consider bicycle commuting

Summer is the perfect time to try bicycle commuting. It’s a growing trend for many reasons:

One, it’s good for your physical health and is a great stress reliever. Two, it's economical and good for the environment. And three, all the cool kids are doing it. 

Yet, some people have doubts about commuting by bicycle. The Heights Bicycle Coalition (HBC) offers the following responses to the most commonly cited barriers:

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 2:37 PM, 07.31.2013

Bicycles are vehicles

Cyclists fare best when they act and are treated as drivers of vehicles. According to Ohio law, cyclists are permitted to "drive" on all roads except freeways, and are subject to the same rules that apply to all drivers.

Cyclists are not motorized vehicles, however, so a few additional Ohio laws apply to the car-bicycle road relationship.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 2:49 PM, 07.01.2013

Free Wheelin' Wednesday bike rides

This summer, Heights Bicycle Coalition will again host Wednesday-evening rides that showcase our community. These are social rides open to cyclists of all ages. The rides often conclude at a local restaurant or pub for refreshments.

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 2:17 PM, 05.30.2013

May Is Bike Month in the Heights

May is Bike Month nationwide. The Heights Bicycle Coalition is supporting local celebrations of Bike Month through collaborations with Heights cities, schools and more. All are welcome to participate in free Bike Month activities in the Heights.

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 1:04 PM, 04.30.2013

Make this your bicycling summer

This could be the summer that you use your bicycle to get around town for errands, commuting to work, and for fun. To enjoy cycling, however, you need to be confident in your skills, informed about rules of the road and about basic bicycle equipment safety.

Become a confident rider in a class taught by a League of American Bicyclists certified instructor. The Heights Bicycle Coalition (HBC) is offering a Smart Cycling for adults on Saturday, May 4, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Heights High.

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Volume 6, Issue 4, Posted 1:32 PM, 03.28.2013

Ride with us!

Riding with others is one of the great pleasures of cycling.

The Heights Bicycle Coalition is hosting Free Wheelin’ Wednesday group rides in September, to get folks out on their bikes. The August rides were very well attended. Cyclists ride together, chat and visit interesting places in the Heights. 

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Volume 5, Issue 9, Posted 10:31 AM, 09.02.2012

Bike parking expands in the Heights

When the City of Cleveland Heights wanted to increase bicycle parking capacity, it wondered where to place more bike racks. 

To help the city gather input about this, the Heights Bicycle Coalition surveyed its members and other local cyclists about their bike parking needs.

Thirty cyclists responded and gave suggestions about locations throughout the Heights. Severance Town Center was most often cited as an place that needs bike racks. One respondent noted that the Severance ring road includes a bike lane, but that bike racks are rare.

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Volume 5, Issue 8, Posted 6:18 PM, 08.06.2012

Road position for cyclists

Ohio law states that bicyclists should ride as close to curb as practicable. What exactly is practical? The Heights Bicycle Coalition suggests that cyclists evaluate each situation and ride in the lane location that provides the most comfortable and safe ride. This is often several feet from the curb because:

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Volume 5, Issue 7, Posted 10:19 AM, 07.02.2012

On the road again

Riding a bicycle for transportation, fitness, and fun requires a few pieces of equipment: a well-running bicycle, a lock, a basket or bag to carry purchases, and perhaps a helmet. However, the most important piece of equipment a cyclist needs is the skill and confidence to operate a bicycle safely and predictably in traffic.

If you are new to cycling or returning after many years of car-focused transportation, consider how you will develop the skill and confidence needed to really enjoy cycling.

Joining small group rides offers opportunities for new riders to develop cycling skills. But enrolling in bicycle driver’s classes at the Ohio City Bicycle Coop (OCBC), 1840 Columbus Road, Cleveland, is the best way to learn and practice cycling skills.

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Volume 5, Issue 6, Posted 12:47 PM, 05.30.2012

Get geared up for cycling

With gasoline prices near $4 a gallon, using a bicycle for transportation is more attractive than ever. In addition to the economic advantages, cycling is a great way to exercise while also doing errands or commuting to work.

In city traffic, cycling can be almost as fast as driving a car. The average new-to-cycling woman can ride one mile in 5-6 minutes, which means she can cover 10-12 miles in an hour. More experienced cyclists can ride at 15-18 mph.

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Volume 5, Issue 5, Posted 10:30 AM, 05.02.2012