The bridge is in!
The long-awaited hike/bike bridge over I-271 is in. Workers spent Monday and Tuesday putting the in place.
A collaboration among entities in Summit County including the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Summit County Metro Parks will make cycling and other activities much safer in the area near Brandywine Falls.
Turn back the clock.
Bob's Bike Tours is offering a free ride to see old time baseball at League Park.
This Saturday, June 23, meet at the historic West Side Market at 11:00 a.m. for a day of fun. From the Market, cycle to Cleveland's Cultural Gardens, then to watch the Cleveland Blues play baseball 1880's style.
Bob has made arrangements to transport lawn chairs and picnic lunches.
There are two baseball games to see, The Blues face the Cincinnati Buckeyes at 1 p.m. and then play the Columbus Capitals at 2:30 p.m.
Call 440 681 8262 or visit www.bobsbiketours.com
Meanwhile, down the street....
Also on Saturday, June 23, Bike Cleveland is looking for 30 to 50 cyclists to ride in the Ward 5 Community Family Festival parade in the Central neighborhood and build excitement for bikes in Cleveland's inner-city.
Gather at 11 a.m. outside of Cuyahoga Community College's Metro Campus. The address given is 2900 Community College Avenue (East 30 & Community College).
The parade starts at noon and winds through the Central for slightly less than an hour and ends at Friendly Inn Settlement House, 2386 Unwin Road.
The good folks at Bike Cleveland ask you ring fun bikes (i.e. tandems, antique bikes) if you have them.
Also that day...Party like it's 1979!
Saturday, June 23, it's the 80s Ride!
Time travel for $8? That small fee buys you a cycling event that transports you back to the decade that made Members Only jackets and Spandex popular. Dress in your best 80s outfit because that's what the cool kids will be doing.
Crank-Set Rides is sponsoring a ride through Cleveland and raising money for 88bikes.
The first 150 riders will receive Wayfarer Sunglasses and a 80s Ride spoke card. Ohio City, Gordon Square, downtown and the near East will be seen on our travels. With registration you will receive a raffle ticket to submit to win our raffle contests at the end.
Meet at ABC Tavern on West 25th between 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to register and sign waivers. Wind through cool Cleveland places ending the The Hipp between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
More info on their facebook page.
Kamms goes Critical
The monthly Cleveland Critical Mass ride will head out from the southwest quadrant of Public Square Friday, June 29.
Meet on the Square after 6:30 p.m. and depart at 7:00 p.m. for Cleveland's Kamm's Corner neighborhood. It's cycling, it's social, it's the last Friday every month.
Take the train, bring the bike.
Great Lakes Tour Company offers a free ride on the Towpath Sunday July 1. Meet the Cuyahoga Valley trail at Rockside Road at 8:45 for a 9:00 boarding of the train. The train cost is $2. The 30-minute train ride will go to Boston Mill.
The free ride helps to support hungry children, they ask you to make a $5 donation to the Blessings in a Backpack Program. All donations given to Blessings in a Backpack goes to purchase food for hungry children.
Bike Rentals are available for $10 (call for bike reservations 330-532-8687). Bike rentals include bike, helmet and water.
Ride, ride, ride
The 2012 Bike To School Challenge was a huge success.
Bay Village was the first community to come on board followed by Rocky River and this year, Medina.
Over 4,000 students at middle schools those communities were encouraged to take the 2012 Bike To School Challenge during a three-week period in May.
Bike To School Challenge reports the students took an estimated 15,868 roundtrip bicycle rides to school and logged an impressive 52,084 miles.
“ Bike To School Challenge is unique and is the best of its kind in the nation,” said Chris Speyer, Executive Vice President of Raleigh Bicycles and president of the Bicycle Products Suppliers Association, “We work with over 1,400 bike stores around the country. I have never seen a bike-to-school program that generates the level of participation and excitement that this one does.”
“ We organize it for three weeks because we want to establish bicycling as a habit,” said Scott Cowan, owner of Century Cycles bicycle stores in Rocky River, Medina and Peninsula, Ohio. “We are gratified to see far more bicycling all year-round in the communities because of Bike To School Challenge.”
Given the number of bikes seen locked to the fences at the participating schools, the event continues to gain in popularity among middle-schoolers.
Finally, I have been covering Kent State in the 2012 NCAA College World Series in Omaha.
Omaha seems to have a very active cycling community but I had difficulty finding a bike to rent. An outstanding facility in downtown Omaha closes for the World Series. They are smack dab in the heart of the stadium district, however, their temporarily-closed