Cain Park is better by bike

Bike racks fill up at Cain Park. Courtesy of HBC.

Cain Park has a packed performance schedule this summer. The July lineup caters to every taste and budget, from Stephen Stills and Judy Collins to Groundworks Dance Theater, Apollo’s Fire Baroque Orchestra and the Singing Angels. Some performances are free, but you can buy tickets for the others at the box office, online at the Cain Park website, or by calling 216-371-3000.

July 7–9 brings the 40th anniversary Cain Park Arts Festival, considered one of the best fine arts and crafts festivals in the country. This juried art show targets an audience diverse in age, artistic background and affluence. The objective is to offer the best quality art in all price ranges.

A great way to see a show or the art festival is to go by bike, because bicyclists can park right next to the ticket office. Cain Park (14591 Superior Road) is an easy-to-find destination for all who live in the Heights.

To avoid busy roads, ride on lightly traveled side streets as much as possible.

When biking to Cain Park, or anywhere for that matter, bring a lock to preclude theft, and turn on bike lights. At night, use a white front light and a rear red light—it’s the law. Bike shops can install these items if you're not sure how. Putting lights on when riding, night or day, makes bicycling safer, just as cars with lights during daylight are more visible and safer.

Clothing matters, too, when bicycling. In daylight, fluorescent clothing maximizes riders’ visibility. When it’s dark, reflective clothing is best for helping drivers see bicycle riders.

Check the Heights Bicycle Coalition website ( for suggestions of more destinations that, like Cain Park, are Better by Bike. The website also lists group rides and events of interest to bicyclists of all abilities.

Debra Franke and Mary Dunbar

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. HBC board members Debra Franke and Mary Dunbar collaborated on this article.

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