Cleveland cycling news: Bike Cleveland needs likes, Ohio City's bike box and Thanksgiving charity

November cycling news

CLEVELAND - The bike box is in, a bridge link is nearly ready and other cycling news for November.

A Like

The folks at Bike Cleveland hope you like them, on Facebook that is.

Dix & Eaton Communications is offering $10,000 of public relations services to a local non-profit or smaller business start-ups in Cleveland that gets the most likes. Bike Cleveland would like that "like."

Dix & Eaton is doing this as part of their "60 for 60" program, 60 hours of donated services to celebrate their 60th anniversary.

The other four organizations in the running for the free services are Adoption Network Cleveland, MedWish International, Reflect Who I Am and Seeds of Literacy.

Click here for the Dix & Eaton's Facebook page .

A Path

The new multi-purpose path on the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge is set to open soon.

The $4.5 million project is scheduled to open late November or very early December, according to Jocelynn Clemings of ODOT.

The 14-foot wide trail on the north side of the bridge will be separated from traffic lanes by concrete barriers done in the style of the existing bridge work. The four "Guardians of Traffic" pillars on the bridge will be illuminated as part of the project.

In addition, lanes on Abbey Avenue have been marked and sidewalks have been widened on the Abbey Bridge to help the flow of pedestrians and cyclists from Tremont to downtown over the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge.

While major work on the path will be completed, some remaining work will be finished next spring.

A Box

One item overlooked because of all the election coverage was the opening of the Ohio City Bike Box.

The light blue structure is an old storage container rebuilt to be a covered place for cyclists to lock up their bikes.

The Bike Box is on the southeast corner of Bridge Avenue and West 25th Street.

Bike Cleveland and LAND Studio are aiming to put four more bike boxes in other communities next spring.

The transformation from container to bike facility was done by Rust Belt Welding and funded by Charter One Bank.

A Share

Cleveland already has car sharing with a facility. Now the city of Cleveland has taken a step toward turning Cleveland into a bike sharing community.

Kiosks are set up in different parts of the city where bikes are locked. Some sharing systems involve memberships or credit cards as a way the cyclists can use the bike and return it to another kiosk.

Cleveland is currently seeking proposals for the size and scope of the possible sharing program to see if bike sharing is a viable transportation option in Cleveland.

The deadline for proposals is Nov. 9.

Happy Cranksgiving

A bike ride to help provide meals to disadvantaged families that began in 1999 in New York is happening in Cleveland next weekend.

Meet at Phoenix Coffee at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 and you'll receive a list of items to purchase from area grocery stores. The ride will encompass 15 miles or so.

Food items will be donated to the University Settlement in Slavic Village and St. Augustine Church in Tremont for needy families.

Visit the Cranksgiving Cleveland Facebook page for more info.

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