Cleveland cycling news: Count and be counted plus rides, rides and more rides

April and May riding events

CLEVELAND - T'is the season to ride and our cycling news calendar bears that out.

Half-priced Ray's

Ray's MTB, the indoor BMX/mountain bike Disneyland, is offer a deal for cyclists that will help out the Ohio City Bike Co-op . Ray's is a Cleveland gem, located at 9801 Walford Ave., it's a few hundred thousand square feet of obstacles, ramps and trails under roof.

Bring in any useable bike part and Ray's takes 50 percent off the admission price, the deal runs through Friday.

Ray's season ends April 28. Look for the end-of-season blow out party, which includes a BBQ, on the final weekend. Check out their website for info.

Bike Count and Focus Groups

The Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) is doing their twice a year cyclist/pedestrian count in the five-county area they serve.

The count takes place three consecutive evenings beginning May 7 as well as late morning on Saturday, May 11.

Volunteers are needed to assist with the count. A $40 gift card to local bike shops is provided to those helping. Pick one of four orientation sessions starting April 30. NOACA's website has more details.

Also, NOACA is updating its regional bike plan and is looking for input through focus groups, click here to see focus group info and also to link to a NOACA survey.

Velodrome Kickoff

Cleveland's newest cycling destination, the Cleveland Velodrome , is announcing its upcoming season's events and news at Sokol's Greater Cleveland at 4939 Broadway this Friday evening April 19 from 5 to 8.

Food, prizes and discounted season passes for the outdoor cycling track will be available.

Critical Mass

The monthly Cleveland Critical Mass ride gathers on Public Square at 6:30 p.m., rolls at 7 with the Harbor Inn in the Flats as its ending spot.

Local food trucks will located by the Harbor Inn providing good eats. The Cleveland Critical Mass Facebook page has details.

Let the Night Rides begin!

Fun in the dark as Century Cycles presents Night Rides on the Towpath Trail . A hit for nearly two decades, the 12 to 15 mile ride kicks off from their Peninsula store.

The ride is free. Riders must have helmets and lights plus sign a waiver. The family-friendly event leaves at 8 p.m. from downtown Peninsula, Route 303 between Route 8 and Interstate 71.

The ride is the first of ten this season. The pajama ride is slated for Aug. 10.

Not part of the Night Rides but also taking place on the trail at night is the fourth annual Ronald McDonald House  ride June 1. The only Towpath night ride in Cuyahoga County kicks off from Thornburg Station at Rockside and Canal in Independence. Entry fee is $20 in advance.

Wild Ride at the Zoo
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Called a ‘Safari on two wheels", the Saturday, May 4 ride takes place 5:30-8:30 p.m. Admission is $12, Zoo members get a $2 discount. Cleveland's Bike Rack will be on hand to provide bike rentals.

Can't make this ride? A second one takes place August 16, 2013. Click here for the Zoo's website.

Bike to School Challenge

National Bike to School Day is May 8, but three local school districts ramp that event up with the assistance of Century Cycles.

Middle school students from Bay Village, Rocky River and Medina will take part in 6th annual challenge that encourages students to ride their bikes as much as possible and establish a habit of bicycling – to help the environment, improve their health and academic performance, inspire their parents and community.

4,000 students are expected to join in the three-week challenge that begins May 8.

Ride of Silence

To honor those injured killed while cycling, the Ride of Silence will meet at the Free Stamp by Cleveland City Hall or Whole Foods in University Heights at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday May 15.

Riders are asked to wear white and not to speak as the ride leaves at 6 p.m. and heads to University Hospitals in University Circle for a 7 p.m. memorial service.

Bike to Work Day

Always a fun event, Bike to Work Day is Friday May 17. Details are currently being finalized, Check for updates on Bike Cleveland's website.

Speaking of Bike Cleveland, check out their new offices located in the Avenue at Tower City.

Pedal for Prizes

A chance to check out all the fun spots in Cleveland's Old Brooklyn neighborhood as part of a bike scavenger hunt takes place May 18.

Pedal for Prizes registration begins at 11:00 a.m. at Loew Park. 3121 Oak Park Ave. Riders travel at their own pace but are requested to return to the park by 3 p.m. with the raffle – after all this is Pedal for PRIZES – at 3:30 p.m.

Adding to the fun is the neighborhood's Pop Up Pearl event that lines the area around Broadview and Pearl with kiosks of shops and restaurants.

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