CLEVELAND - While cyclists await the promised bike lanes in Cleveland along Detroit Avenue, Bike Cleveland sent out a questionnaire to all candidates for Cleveland City Council seats.
In wards 4, 6, 7, 9 and 10, none of the candidates replied to the survey.
"Through the survey we learned that of the 14 Cleveland City Council candidates that replied 92.3 percent would support an increase in city capital budget funding dedicated to a safe connected network of bike facilities," said Bike Cleveland's Jacob VanSickle. "We also learned that 91.7 percent are supportive of protected bike lanes, where the bike traffic is separate from the motor traffic."
VanSickle said the information may be useful for voters and it will be used by Bike Cleveland to work with the city towards safer streets for people on bikes.
One council candidate, Terrell Pruitt of Ward 1, revealed in the survey, he is working with the Metroparks to develop a mountain bike trail in Kerruish Park on the city's far southeast side.
Let It Snow
As the snowflake season approaches, cycling may be fading over the horizon as a daily activity for some, but for others, the season is going strong.
Last weekend was the fourth annual "Dead Ride" with cyclists riding around Cleveland in their best Halloween get ups.
The handing off the Bike Challenge Rust Crown in Youngstown took place last Friday. A contingent from Cleveland cycled 70 miles to Youngstown to hand the Rust Crown to a team from Pittsburgh.
Part of the annual National Bike Challenge, Cleveland was edged out by Pittsburgh in the 5-month contest. Although Cleveland had fewer riders, our locals rode more miles. The contest, however, was on points awarded per trips - Pittsburgh had more points.
Bike To Work Day
This Friday is the monthly Bike to Work Day Cleveland. The Bike Rack on East Fourth will be the hub with Phoenix Coffee providing some hot beverages Friday, Oct. 25, 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Critical Mass Ride
Also Friday, the end of the month Cleveland Critical Mass Ride takes place. Meet on Public Square at 6:30 p.m. and the ride will depart at 7 p.m. along an unplanned route to West 133rd Street and Lorain Avenue on Cleveland's west side, Jefferson park to be exact.
A success in year one, the Cranksgiving Ride will attempt to raise $2,000 in food for Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland.
The event is Saturday, Nov. 23 and kicks off at West Park Station 17015 Lorain Avenue.
Riders will visit grocery stores on bike to buy specified food items to help out those in need.
Cranksgiving charity rides began in New York City in 1999.