CLEVELAND - Towpath paving underway
Signs of progress on the Ohio and Erie Canalway Towpath Trail along Scranton Road in the Flats as crews pave the path snaking along the Cuyahoga River.
Looking down on two-thirds mile stretch of park from the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge, one can see paving teams laying the black asphalt ribbon through yet-to-be landscaped areas of earth.
The Scranton Road section of the towpath trail will be open by the end of the year. It is the latest piece of the 110-mile-long puzzle running from Tuscarawas County to downtown Cleveland.
Currently, the trail ends at Harvard Road, moves on the city streets and then behind Steelyard Commons.
Price tag for the park is $7 million. The park and trail project also includes removal of steel bulkheads along the river to help restore fish and marine life habitat.
First Green Street
Cleveland's first street project since the city enacted its Complete and Green Streets ordinance was enacted in 2011 is ahead of schedule.
The ordinance mandated street projects to set aside a certain percentage of money to aid alternate forms of transportation (bikes and pedestrians) and lessen environmental impact.
Madison Avenue from West Boulevard to West 65th Street will be narrower and have tree lawns to lessen water runoff.
Cyclists will not find marked bike lanes on the redone route but rather "sharrows", a designation painted on the roadway reminding motorists that Madison is a shared road.
According to the city's traffic engineering department, the project is to open in early fall as opposed to late 2013 as originally estimated.
Cycle in your pajamas
The night rides along the Towpath in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park are a fun way to experience the park, but the PJ ride adds a twist.
The fourth annual pajama party ride from Century Cycles leaves their Peninsula store in downtown Peninsula (1621 Main Street) at 8 p.m, Saturday August 10. Please come early to register. The ride is free but they ask you bring a donation item of a new children's book, stuffed animal or small flannel blanket for homeless children.
You will need a bike headlight, helmet to take part in the 14-mile ride.
Tracey Bradnan with Century Cycles tells us pajamas are STRONGLY suggested.
(330) 657-2209 for more info or click here for more info.
Lions and tigers and bikes! Oh my!
The second Wild Ride at the Zoo of the year is Friday, August 16 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The zoo closes to non-cycling patrons to allow the cyclists to have the paths to themselves.
Last year the zoo offered one ride for its inaugural cycling adventure and it sold out.
Bikers must sign a waiver and helmets are suggested.
Tickets are $12. Call (216) 661-6500 or click here for more information.
Hot Pants and Mitch Andelmo
The fourth annual Hot Pants Bike Ride takes place August 17.
The event from Crank-Set Rides will honor Mitch Andelmo. Andelmo and Basil Bass were killed at West 117th and Clifton Boulevard when the car Timothy Spock was driving crashed through barricades at an AIDS fundraiser. Spock was drunk and sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Show off your legs with your shortest shorts as you ride from night spot to night spot. The ride begins at ABC Tavern on West 25th at 6:30 p.m. and ends downtown with stops on Whiskey Island and Tremont.
A $5 donation is suggested. Click here for more details from their Facebook page.