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).