We offer education in several forms to riders and people interested in biking across the Greater Cleveland area. Education can often bridge the gap between participation in the pastime we love, and staying on the sideline out of fear or uncertainty. Below are education resources and the in-person education programs we offer for individuals and groups.
Bike Smarts is an educational series that meets monthly every 3rd Tuesday on a wide range of cycling topics. All are meant to bolster your cycling knowledge, enhance your safety and enjoyment, and encourage you to spend more time on 2 wheels. Some classes are on bike and others are in a classroom setting. Each class is $10 (FREE to Bike Cleveland members with code you will receive in your email the first of each month) and they start at our Ohio City office beginning at 6:30pm. Light refreshments and snacks are provided, and the class vibe is relaxed and interactive.
See the class schedule for 2020 below.
Our Bike Buddy program provides individualized support in the form of custom routes and a personal “buddy” to escort people on their first bike commute. Bike Cleveland staff will work with you to develop a route from your home to your destination, meet with you to ride the route and show you how to use public transit with your bike. During the program you will also learn lane positioning, traffic laws and some tricks to ensure you have an enjoyable bike commute.
The goal of the program is to encourage bike commuting by providing education and confidence to people trying it for the first time. If you’re interested in a Bike Buddy contact Bike Cleveland’s Outreach and Membership manager, Deltrece Daniels at 216-273-6872 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also offer education programs geared towards schools, businesses, organizations and civic leaders. If you’re interested in bringing one of our education programs to your community, workplace, or school contact Deltrece Daniels at 216-273-6872 or at Deltrece@bikecleveland.org.
Bike Cleveland’s Silver Spokes program is geared towards seniors. Through collaboration with the City of Cleveland’s Age-Friendly Cleveland Project we know that older adults are interested in cycling and gaining a better understanding of how to safely navigate streets with cyclists and newly installed bike facilities. According to the Age-Friendly assessment of older adults in the city of Cleveland, 37% are interested in participating in physical recreation activities, including cycling.
To accommodate this need we started Silver Spokes in 2018 with the Cleveland Department of Aging, the program includes a 45 minute discussion on bike safety and motor vehicle laws and 1 hour demonstration of types of senior accessible bikes.
Professional Development Rides
Bike Cleveland’s Professional Development Series helps transportation professionals and public agency staff design and build better, safer, and more useful bicycle and pedestrian facilities. Our goal is to improve the quality of bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure by educating professionals, sharing best practices, and providing real world experience of local facilities from the perspective of people who walk and bike. This program is geared towards any professional involved in the planning, design, and construction of bicycle and pedestrian facilities.
Custom Group Education Programs
Bike Cleveland offers custom education programs for businesses, schools and organizations. Whether you’re a business looking to become more bike friendly, a school looking to teach your students how to bike safely, or a community that wants to provide residents education on how to get around your city by bike we have you covered.