CLE Cycling News: Cleveland up for a cycling award and receives grant for new bike park

CLEVELAND - And the winner is...

Cleveland cycling advocacy organization Bike Cleveland is up for an award from Bicycling magazine and the Alliance for Biking and Walking.

The magazine is asking people to vote for its Advocacy Award to a state or local bike advocacy organization for its accomplishments over the past year.

Last fall, Bike Cleveland volunteers went to the streets to give 70 cyclists light sets.

Light sets are front and night lights required by Ohio law for cyclists riding on roads at night.

The light sets were paid for with Ohio’s “Share the Road” license plate proceeds.

The event also educated riders about riding at night and using lights to make them more visible to motorists.

Bike Cleveland is one of ten finalists for the award. People’s Choice voting ends Feb. 6.

“We’re honored to be in the running for the Bicycling Magazine's People’s Choice Advocacy Award,” said Bike Cleveland’s executive director Jacob VanSickle. “It’s exciting to see such a great program that helps improve safety for people on bikes recognized nationally. Let’s bring a win to Cleveland.”

He said Cleveland was leading the voting as of Monday evening.

Since 2009, the Alliance for Biking & Walking has given out Advocacy Awards to recognize excellence in the bicycle and pedestrian movement. This is the first year for an award in which people can vote for an advocacy program.

To see the list of finalists and to vote, click here .

Cleveland awarded $10,000 for bike facility

Cleveland’s Kerruish Park in the city’s southeast Ward 1 neighborhood has been given a $10,000 grant for a mountain bike facility in the park.

The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) is providing funds through its Bike Park Initiative.

The park would be a cooperative effort to include the Cleveland Area Mountain Bike Association and the Cleveland Metroparks.

The Bike Park Initiative will provide up to $10,000 in planning and design to be matched from the Cleveland partners. The total of $20,000 will be used to create a conceptual site plan and report for the proposed bike park.

"I would like to thank IMBA for their partnership and belief in the Kerruish Park project,” said Terrell H. Pruitt, Cleveland’s Ward 1 Councilman in a statement released Monday. “The idea of developing an outdoor mountain bike park in the city of Cleveland, and providing recreational access to this neighborhood is a significant game changer for our community. I look forward to taking this concept and making it a reality."

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