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:

  • June 4: Meandering Ride. No destination, just a mind-clearing tour of Heights neighborhoods. Leader: Mary Dunbar.
  • June 18: Forest Hill History. Ride through Forest Hill Park and neighborhood, the former summer home of John D. Rockefeller. Leaders: Joy Henderson and Michael Rotman.
  • July 2: Kid-Themed Ride. Ride to some of the Heights's best destinations for kids. Leader: Sarah O’Keeffe and family
  • July 16: Pub-Crawl Ride. Ride to a few of the Heights pubs, adults 21 and over. Leader: Tom Ligman. 
  • July 30: Park Synagogue and Environs. Learn about this historic synagogue. Leaders: Bert and Alice Stratton. 
  • Aug. 13: Family-Paced Shaker Lakes Ride. After more than 100 years as parkland, the Shaker Lakes remain a draw for families. Leader: Greg Jolivette.
  • Aug. 27: Rain date for any rides that are canceled due to weather

Rides are sponsored by the Heights Bicycle Coalition. For more information, contact

Joy Henderson

The Heights Bicycle Coalition was formed in 2010, and works to make the Heights more bicycle friendly. The group encourages residents to ride bicycles for fun, and as a sustainable, healthy form of transportation.

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