Collinwood Bicyclist of the Month

Leo and Debra Martin, Collinwood residents.

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.

As retirees and recent transplants, describe your experience riding a bike in our area.

We are happy to resettle in Cleveland in North Collingwood as we can better negotiate the flatter terrain than we had in our previous location.

There's no reason not to put on your helmet, closed toe-shoes, and sunglasses  (to keep the bugs out) and hop on a bike at any age.

If you could change or improve one thing about your cycling experience, what would it be?

We would appreciate more clearly marked bike paths....ei. put a contrasting color  of the bicyclist on the ground as well as the signs on the poles to help drivers be more aware of the space designated for bike riders.

To be considered for Bicyclist of the Month, contact us at Now get on a bike and RIDE! 

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Volume 9, Issue 7, Posted 11:04 AM, 07.07.2017