January 20th E-News

ODOT Priority Bike Routes

saferoutesignAs local riders, you’re all experts when it comes to knowing the best way to get around on two wheels, and the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) needs your help! They are developing a network of U.S. and state bicycle routes, and they’re currently seeking public feedback. There is an open house to solicit input from the public to make sure the routes are as safe as possible. Check out the proposed routes, and if you can’t make the meeting, you can offer your feedback online. Meeting details:
When: Wednesday, Jan. 27th @ 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Where: Merwin’s Wharf (1785 Merwin Ave, Cleveland)


Bike Cleveland Annual Meeting

e01c011a-294c-4182-b3e1-873e22ac8142Do you like bikes? Advocacy? Bowling? How about food from The Proper Pig Smokehouse and Cleveland Vegan? Beer from Platform Brewing Co.? If so we hope you will join us for our 2016 Annual Meetingat The Nash on East 80th. Learn what we’ve been working on in 2015 and what our plans are for 2016. Bike Cleveland members who ride their bike to the event and use the provided indoor bike parking will get a free Bike Cleveland waterbottle! If you’re participating in FANDOM 216, bring your passport and get a free beer.

Dinner and bowling is included with your entry, and there will be a cash bar. If you’re aBike Cleveland Member you get in for free (contact us for the member code), otherwise, tickets are $25. Get yours now!
When: Sunday, Jan. 24th @ 4:30pm – 9:30pm
Where: The Nash on East 80th (3563 East 80th, Cleveland)

Special thanks to VeloSano & Platform Brewing Co. for being presenting sponsors of the event! You rock!


Paradigm Shift

6ec5a015-d32a-499b-9837-a61a722334caFor a long time, the prevailing thought among state transportation agencies has been that of expansion and adding capacity, and ODOT have been no exception despite Ohio’s population being relatively flat since the 1970s. The upshot is that we now have excess capacity, and roads are extremely costly to build and maintain.

It appears that all of that is about to change, as ODOT are expected to announce a “fix-it-first” policy to address the deterioration of its 43,000 miles of roads and 14,000 bridges. This is good news as Ohio struggles to maintain its network, and our hope is that it will free up resources for more transit and bike funding. It sounds like common sense, but this is a major policy shift for ODOT and we’re glad they’re coming around to 21st century realities. Kudos to them.


Fun Stuff

Our friends at Eddy’s Bike Shop have been accused of being a little off-kilter in the past (it’s part of their charm) but they have an annual ride to….wait for it….Put-in-Bay. If you own a fat bike and are looking for a little adventure this winter, check this out! They’ll wait for the ice to be nice and thick, so check back often for updates. Looks like the lake won’t be frozen by the 6th, so check back for updates.

Last year Century Cycles hosted their first Fattyshack event at Brandywine Country Club, and this year they’re hosting the sequel. Come and ride where you’re never otherwise allowed, but please note, fatties with 3” wide tires or bigger, only. Check out their Facebook event for details and updates.

In our opinion, riding bikes is more fun when you’re fit and fast. So, if you want to make a down payment on fun, hit up Spin Bike Shop on Wednesday nights this winter for their group trainer classes. Drop in cost is $12, but space is limited, so give them a call if you plan on attending.


Save The Date

As part of our Bike Cleveland Business Member Series we will be having a family friendly winter social on Friday, February 12th from 6pm – 8pm with the Village Bicycle Coopperative (303 Cahoon Rd, Bay Village). Stay tuned for more details!

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