Cycling comes roaring back to Cleveland area

Events are plentiful for May

CLEVELAND - May is Bike Month in Cleveland and from a look at the number of events planned for the month of May; it looks as if a year’s worth of events are being crammed in to it.

Starting the month a bit early, a few April events warm us up for a busy month of May.

Here are 13 bike events to add to your calendars:

1.     Critical Mass

Friday April, 25, meet on Public Square’s southwest quadrant for the monthly ride. Leave the Square at 7 for the Coventry area of Cleveland Heights. Click here  for their Facebook page.

2.     Ray’s MTB Closing Weekend

Saturday April 26 and Sunday April 27, the Walford Avenue indoor cycling fun center will have free food and prizes as they close for the season Sunday night. Click here  for Ray’s website.

3.     First Towpath Night Ride

Meet at the Century Cycles  location in Peninsula on Route 303 to fill out some paperwork before heading out on the Towpath for a night ride at 8 p.m. Saturday April, 26.

Riders must have their own bike, headlight and helmet. The route is 14 miles and open to all, plus it is free.

4.     Bike To School Challenge

Students in Bay Village, Rocky River and Medina will kick off the biggest challenge of its type in the country. Some 4,000 or so students will ride to school from May 5 to May 23.

Raleigh Bicycles and Century Cycles sponsor the challenge, which is in its eighth year.

To ready youngsters for the challenge, a couple of bike fairs will take place which offer bike inspections, repairs and prizes. Visit the Century Cycle page here  for more info.

5.     Bike Challenge

National Bike Challenge pits Pittsburgh cyclists against Cleveland pedalers.

Log in to log your miles in an attempt to beat the Steel City cyclists.

Last year Cleveland lost on a technicality – something about number of trips versus logged miles. 

Click here to register.

6.     Wild Ride at the Zoo

Friday May 9 is the date when cyclists have the run of the zoo after it closes to the general public.

Tickets are $12 but are discounted for zoo members. 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., click here  for the zoo’s website.

7.     Bike to Work Day

Still in the planning stage, the annual event is slated for May 16.

8.     Bike Party Akron

A big hit on its first try, number two is the third Friday of the month (May 16). Meet at Lock 3 Park between 7:30 and 8 p.m. and roll on to the streets of Akron. Debate is underway as to the theme of the ride. Click here  for their Facebook page.

9.     Old Brooklyn Pedal for Prizes

A fun ride through Old Brooklyn is part scavenger hunt and part giveaway.

Register at Loew Park, 3121 Oak Park Avenue after 11 a.m., visit businesses around the area and return back to the park by 3 p.m. for more fun and prize giveaways.

Click here  for information.

(This is just one of many cycling events on May 17.)

10.   Bike To The Ballpark

A new event, join Bike Cleveland and the Cleveland Indians on Sunday, May 18.

The day game against the Oakland A’s offers a couple of ticketing options, click here  for information and ticketing options.

The first 200 cyclists will get free bike valet parking. Inspections are being offered to cyclists.

A ride from Nano Brew, a sponsor of the event, will depart for the ballpark at 12:15, but come early for some Nano fun. Doors open at 11.

11.   Ride of Silence

The Cleveland chapter of the nation ride is held to remember cyclists who have been injured or killed on their bikes.

Riders are asked to wear white and ride the route in silence.

This year there are two starting points , Cleveland City Hall Free Stamp and John Carroll University. Meet at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 21. Depart at 6 p.m. and head to University Hospitals in University Circle.

12.   Three Foot Passing Law

I’m a bit late in this, but Ohio legislators are being urged to pass a bill to mirror the law some municipalities use mandating motorists to give cyclists a three-foot wide buffer zone when passing the cyclist. Click here to be linked to the Bike Cleveland page  with contact info for our elected officials in Columbus.

13.   Cleveland Bike Tours

The folks at Cleveland Bike Tours are offering rentals  in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. A fun way to see our local treasure if you’re with someone without a bike or just don’t want to haul your wheels to the park.

And this list just begins to scratch the surface.

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