This month we recognize Stephen Love, Collinwood resident. To nominate yourself or someone you know for Bicyclist of the Month, contact us at bikeEuclid@gmail.com.
Bike Euclid, as the newest chapter of Bike Cleveland, had the honor of presenting what we’ve been up to, at the Bike Cleveland Annual Meeting and Social, January 21st. A simply outstanding evenine and what a terrific way to kick off the new year. We took the stage, presenting to an audience of hundreds from throughout the region, along with Executive Director of Bike Cleveland Jacob VanSickle, Director of Cleveland City Planning Commission Freddy Collier, Matt Gray the Manager of Sustainable Cleveland 2019, and our friends at Bike Brecksville and Bike Lakewood. Thank you everyone for your support! And a shout out to the intrepid Bike Euclid members who pedaled across town for the meeting, including Dennis Rymarczyk, Tom Cavan, James Sonnhalter, and David Rozell.
Wow, May and June have been busy months. Thank you Bill Cervenik and Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School for allowing us to host our first Bike to Work Day energizer station in front of the school, May 19. May wrapped up with Euclid Memorial Day Parade, where we were again joined by the Ohio Wheelmen riding their penny-farthings while the rest of us road the more modern safety bike (introduced in the 1880’s). We kicked off June participating in two terrific community events, The E.200th Street Stroll and Walk&Roll E.185. Many new friends and connections were made. Over 100 regional bike maps and Bike Safety Books were distributed. June 19 Bike Euclid had the honor of receiving a Resolution of Recognition during the Euclid City Council meeting. Thank you Bike Cleveland and thank you everyone for your enthusiasm and support of Bike Euclid! June concludes with our annual Bike to the Beach Party and Campout.
We have chosen the lovely couple Leo and Debra Martin, new residents of Collinwood, as July Bicyclists of the Month. We met them as they pedaled around the neighborhood June 3, enjoying the East 200th Street Stroll.
Where do you enjoy riding? Is it for transportation, recreation, or both? Describe the experience.
We enjoy riding the Lakeshore bike path, the streets up and down between 156th on the Lake Front, in Wildwood Park paths, and up into Euclid to 214th into the Edgecliff area shady streets.
We ride for enjoyment and exercise.
We have adult children who also ride for fun and fitness.
Do you ride year round? How do you dress for the cold?
Our youngest daughter lives in Minnesota and uses biking, walking and public buses as primary transportation.
In the winter she even dresses for the weather and bikes using a type of snow tire! In the twin cities there are converted light-rail track systems like our rapid transit lines that have been converted to move bike riders more easily from point A to point B. There are safety patrols as well.
The exciting new BikeBike Commuting+Touring Forum (https://BIKEBIKE.space), created and hosted by Bike Euclid, took place April 23, 2017. Thank you to the large outpouring of volunteers who showed up to set up and volunteer at the event. Bicyclists, neighbors and friends from Euclid, Collinwood, and throughout the region, learned from and shared with each other their experiences pedaling a bike to work and enjoying a vacation by bike. Euclid’s own Mayor Kirsten H. Gail attended. The event will now be held annually and the website will remain available as a resource.
The City of Euclid is committed to creating a comprehensive stress free transportation network for bicyclist, in coordination with the City of Cleveland. During Bike Euclid’s March meeting, Mayor Kirsten Holzheimer Gail discussed the City of Euclid’s Big Jump Project grant application to People For Bikes, submitted in the Fall of 2016. This People For Bikes initiative hopes to prove that when cities make smart changes, more people ride bikes, and communities become better places to live, work, and play. Euclid was one of less than 100 communities to apply nationwide. Only 10 communities were selected through a highly competitive process. Thank you to Allison Lukacsy, Architect and Community Projects Manager for the City of Euclid, for taking the lead with this. Our Mayor discussed the fact that though the City of Euclid was not selected for this round of assistance, it will make use of the additional educational resources, and supports working toward the creation of a stress free bicycling network for transportation and pleasure. To learn what the selected cities are up to, go to www.peopleforbikes.org/placesforbikes/landing/the-big-jump-project.
March Bicyclist of the month Linda Zolten Wood, Collinwood resident
Where and how do you ride? Describe the experience.
I usually ride as a fun way to exercise, and was gifted a thrifted sturdy bike with big, city street friendly tires about 5 years ago, and have been addicted ever since.
I love early morning rides before my family is up, ready for breaking dawn, and ride around my blocks in North Collinwood, with my light flashing. Traffic is very quiet early in the morning, and I feel safer off the main roads.
If I have to be on Lakeshore Blvd, I resist riding in the street because inattentive drivers are not paying attention to bicycles, and the new bike lanes are not marked clearly enough; they’re also unprotected, and potholed or filled with broken glass. I’ve been shoved off the road by RTA’s Paratransit bus, who was not aware that I had a right to be on the road. So until the bike lanes and sharrows are more safe, I’ll mostly stick with the sidewalks, apologies to the bus stop folks – I ring my bell and slow down for them.
Bike Euclid is a local advocacy group working to promote a comprehensive stress free bicycling network for transportation and pleasure, and to encourage and connect bicyclists to resources which support their safe and legal use of their bicycle. Bike Euclid is a chapter of Bike Cleveland. This close working relationship benefits residents of both communities as well as bicyclists throughout the region.
Bike Euclid is a local advocacy group working to promote a comprehensive stress free bicycling network for transportation and pleasure, and to encourage and connect bicyclists to resources which support their safe and legal use of their bicycle. Bike Euclid is pleased to announce that we are to become the next chapter of Bike Cleveland. This closer working relationship will benefit residents of both communities as well as bicyclists throughout the region. Look for more on this next month in the March issue.
Euclid is becoming a more bike friendly community. Euclid, a Bike Friendly Community Survey is your opportunity to make biking better in Euclid! You have ideas and observations that are important. We want your input; whether you ride for recreation, transportation, adventure, to visit a friend, go to the store, to the park, and even if you do not ride a bike. And whether you live in Euclid, Cleveland, or another community, a bicycle transportation network throughout Euclid will be used by non-residents as well as residents. We want input from everyone.
Cycling as a preferred mode of transportation is on the rise in the United States. While the overall share of bicycling is still small, between 2000 and 2010, commuting by bike has risen 47% nationally, while Cleveland has seen a 280% increase. The reasons are varied, but people are beginning to realize there are numerous benefits associated with getting around by bike; ranging from health improvements, to cost savings, to environmental concerns (the transportation sector is responsible for a third of all carbon emissions).