Bike Boxes, an ad campaign and painting the lanes in Cleveland-area cycling news
Tom Livingston, newsnet5.com
6:56 AM, Jun 19, 2013
6:59 AM, Jun 19, 2013
CLEVELAND - Bike Boxes are popping up around Cleveland but not without growing pains.
The bike parking facilities are made from old cargo containers and customized by Rustbelt Welding. They can hold up to 23 bikes depending on the design.
The first one was placed on Bridge Avenue and West 25th last year.
Tremont now boasts two, one is planned for East 31st and Superior and another by Happy Dog on West 58th and Detroit.
It's the Detroit Avenue location that has Cleveland Councilman Matt Zone frustrated.
Some with the city of Cleveland prefer a less obtrusive, sidewalk location.
Zone is championing the bike box and wants it very visible.
"It makes a statement," Zone said at the Mayor's Infrastructure and Streetscape Committee Tuesday afternoon.
Zone's ward includes the up and coming Gordon Square area on Cleveland's west side. He said he believes an initiative like bike boxes help to attract and keep people in their 20s and 30s in the city.
Committee members aren't happy with the current temporary location in the curb lane of West 58th. Zone wants it closer to the Detroit Avenue corner in a way that "…deals with safety and change with a cool, creative concept."
Members of the committee make recommendations to the administration as it winds its way through the process.
Funding for the bike boxes is provided by the Charter One Foundation.
The Shoreway and bike lanes
The filming on the Shoreway of the "Captain America" movie has also delayed the painting of bike lanes on Detroit Avenue.
Look for the painting to begin soon.
Where Detroit is as its widest, from Lake Avenue to West 69th and again from West 61st to West 25th, there will be painted bike lanes. In areas where Detroit Avenue narrows, sharrows will be painted on the pavement.
Eat, Drink, Save, Win
Century Cycles and Deagan's have teamed up again to offer a Thursday night special event. The downtown Lakewood eatery is offering anyone cycling in between 5 p.m. and closing on Thursdays until October a 15-percent discount on food and drink.
Cyclists will receive a chance to win a Raleigh Misceo 2.0 bicycle at Deagan's Bike Night Finale Party on October 10, the more Thursdays you go, the more chances to win.
Bike to Work Day was so much fun, how about another one?
Friday, June 28th from 7 to 9:30 a.m., Bike Cleveland and the Cleveland Bike Rack invite cycling commuters to enjoy a celebration of bicycling as a way to get to work.
Bike commuters will be greeted at the Bike Rack on East Fourth by the Q with FREE breakfast and information about Cleveland's biking community.
Breakfast will include coffee donated by Phoenix Coffee and locally made bakery.
On the bus, on a board and on the air
"Ride Together" is a Bike Cleveland bike safety public awareness campaign launching in July.
The campaign was developed by Dix & Eaton and will be launched through bus wraps, bumper stickers, posters, billboards, viral video PSAs and radio PSAs. The goal of the campaign is to raise the awareness of bicycling and improve the safety of cyclist.
"As we see more and more people on bikes across Greater Cleveland it is important to keep for cyclists and motorists to cooperate on the roads," said Jacob VanSickle of Bike Cleveland. "(T)his campaign will educate and encourage motorists and cyclists to ride together. "
Bike Cleveland won Dix & Eaton's "60 for 60" program, 60 hours of donated services to celebrate the ad agency's 60th anniversary.