May 17th Enews – Ride, Repair Events, Take Action and More

There’s a lot to share this week. To start we need you to stand up for biking by telling the Federal Highway Administration not to ignore biking and walking; found out why and how to be heard here.

There are a couple opportunities to get out on your bike this week, including Bike to Work Day this Friday, the Ride of Silence on Wednesday (one of the most important rides of the year) and the Healthy Cleveland Bike Awareness Ride on Sunday.

Need your bike fixed up, we got you covered with two Fix-a-thons this weekend at Saint Peter’s Parish and in Glenville.

Finally, Fairport Harbor is hosting a ribbon cutting of the Fairport Harbor Bikeway complete with a ride around the signed bikeway.

PS. Don’t forget to get your tickets to our annual Share Your Draft Fundraiser taking place June 10th.


An action alert thanks to our friends at the Leauge of American Bicyclists

The Federal Highway Administration once again ignored bicyclists when determining performance measures for our transportation system.
  • Even though Congress just instituted a complete streets policy for the National Highway System (Main streets, arterials and other major roads), FHWA wants to measure performance of the system using a measure for drivers only.

  • It measures congestion by measuring delay for drivers, but gives no credit to states or metropolitan areas that invest in biking, walking or transit facilities that reduce congestion.

  • Finally, the rule sets goals for measuring air pollutants from transportation, but doesn’t include greenhouse gases.

You can read more about the rules and how they impact bicycling here.

If these draft rules are implemented, they will hinder the ability of local governments to implement complete streets, build protected bike lanes, etc. Take action now by telling FHWA to stop ignoring bicyclists and pedestrians and to include all modes of transportation in their performance measures

2016 RIDE OF SILENCE – May 18th

Join cyclists across Greater Cleveland for the most important ride of the year. Tomororw, Wednesday May 18th at 6:30pm, Cleveland cyclists will join others across the globe in a silent slow-paced ride in honor of those who have been injured or killed while riding a bicycle on our public roadways. The Ride Of Silence is a free ride that asks cyclists to ride no faster than 12 mph and remain silent during the ride. There are no brochures, no sponsors and no registration fees.

Like in past years Cleveland’s Ride of Silence will have two start points – 

  1. Free Stamp Monument in Downtown Cleveland (Willard Park at Lakeside and East 9th): led by Bike Cleveland
  2. John Carroll University in University Heights: led by the Heights Bicycle Coalition

CLICK HERE for more information and check out the Facebook Event.


Join us for the 4th Annual Healthy Cleveland Bike Awareness Ride on May 22nd. Participate in a 4-mile or 10-mile ride on the open roads of Cleveland. This ride reminds bicyclists and motor vehicles that they need to co-exist safely on our busy streets!

Registration begins at 9am outside Nano Brew Cleveland (1979 W. 25th St, Cleveland). Once you’ve registration head to Nano Brew Cleveland for $5 breakfast sandwiches. The ride will begin at 10am at W. 25th St near Bridge Ave. behind Nano Brew (1939 W. 25th St, Cleveland).Full details on the Facebook event


May 20th is National Bike to Work Day, and we’re celebrating all over town! Rise and ride and get yourself to one of our “Energizer Stations” for some free and delicious Phoenix Coffee and breakfast goods! We’ll be set up at the following locations –

– Downtown: The Bike Rack (2148 East 4th Street) – 7:00am to 9:00am
– University Circle: The Corner Alley Uptown (11409 Euclid Avenue) – 7:00am to 9:00am
– Lakewood: Lakewood Public Library (15425 Detroit Rd) – 7:00am to 9:00am (with a group commute heading downtown at 7:05)
– Cleveland Heights: Edgehill Overlook (Corner of Edgehill Rd & Overlook Rd)- 7:00am to 9:00am

Greater Cleveland RTA are on board if you need help with your commute or the weather doesn’t cooperate. On May 20th, passengers with bikes ride free all day!

CLICK HERE to stay up to date with the latest information and join the Facebook Event.

Do you live in the Glenville neighborhood? Know of someone in need of some free bike repairs to get them rolling for the summer? Come on down to our fix-a-thon on Saturday, May 21st. Get some minor bike repairs taken care of, learn how to get involved in bike projects throughout your neighborhood, and get some bike safety education before taking part in a community bike ride. Food and drinks provided! CLICK HERE for the flyer!

Where: VA Medical Center Parking Garage (10701 East Blvd. @ the corner of East 105th & Wade)

When: Saturday, May 21st. Fix-a-thon from 9am – 12pm. Ride from 12pm – 1pm.


After the Healthy Cleveland Ride head over to Saint Peters Catholic Church (E. 17th and Superior) for a 1:30 celebration of local residents who have completed our Earn-A-Bike program. The program graduates will be paying it forward to everyone in the neighborhood by hosting a community Fix-a-thon in partnership with the Ohio City Bicycle Co-op. Bring a bike to have fixed while enjoying corn hole, frisbee, jenga and food.

After the celebration our friends at Slow Roll Cleveland will host a community ride (with all the folks who just got their bikes in working order), which will begin at 3:45pm.


Mix and mingle with some of Cleveland’s most civically engaged professionals, local funders, non-profit leadership, and advocates at our third annual “Share Your Draft Fundraiser.” The evening will feature a great selection of local beers (from Platform Beer Co., Earlybird Brewing and Brick & Barrel), wine and delicious appetizers (all local from Fresh Fork Market) at the historic Dunham Tavern, and is a great opportunity for you to get caught up on the transformative work Bike Cleveland is conducting throughout the city.

CLICK HERE for tickets and more information, and follow the event on Facebook.


Join the Lake County Ohio Port and Economic Development Authority at 10am on Saturday, May 21st as they open the Fairport Harbor Bikeway! The celebration will begin with a ribbon cutting at a new bike shelter located at Finn Hollow Park. There will be a group ride around the bikeway after the ribbon cutting. Light refreshments will be served.

Location: Finn Hollow Parl next to the Finnish Heritage Museum (301 High Street, Fairport Harbor , OH 44077)
Date/Time: Saturday, May 21st at 10 a.m.

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