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 Olivia Payne, Euclid resident.
Where do you enjoy riding?
I enjoy riding all around euclid. I ride to work, my friends house, Sims park, and the grocery store. Is it for transportation, recreation, or both? Biking is my source of transportation and recreation. I could simply get into my car and drive the 5 to 10 minutes down the road; but it's much more enjoyable to bike and it keeps me in shape.
Do you ride year round?
I do ride year round. Sometimes in the winter, when the wind is blowing and I feel like my body has turned into humansicle, I question why I decide to bike rather than drive. But when I get to work and my co-workers ask me 'if I biked to work in this weather' with a smile on their face, it makes the 3 mile ride worth it!
How do you dress for the cold?
Bike Euclid is pleased to announce that we are now a chapter of Bike Cleveland. This closer working relationship will benefit residents of both communities as well as bicyclists throughout the region.
Join Bike Euclid for our first meeting of the new year, Thursday March 2, 2017, 6-8pm, at Euclid Brewing Company 21950 Lakeshore Blvd, Euclid, OH 44123. We will discuss our work in 2016, events planned for 2017, available resources, and how to get involved. We have some exciting projects in the works, such as the upcoming Commuting & Touring Workshop to take place April 23, 10-3pm, at the Beachland Ballroom.
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.
Bike to the Beach Party
The opportunity to find the perfect holiday gift was offered to patrons of the annual “Holly Berry Bazaar,” which was held on Saturday, November 5, 2015 in the school gym. Unique and reasonably priced gifts-ranging from clay items to books written by local authors-were available.
Also, participating in the event were members of the Euclid LifeTeen/Edge program, and Confirmation students from Ss. Robert & William and St. John of the Cross parishes.
The big news this month is the Second Annual Bike to the Beach - Sims Park Beach Party, June 26, 2015. Join Bike Euclid in welcoming Cleveland Critical Mass for a beach party at Sims Park. Local residents are invited to join in the ride as it passes through your neighborhood. A Euclid ‘Mini-Mass’ will gather at Cebar’s Euclid Tavern (595 East 185th Street) at 8pm. Cleveland Critical Mass will leave downtown Cleveland at 7pm, will be at the intersection of East 185th St & Lakeshore Blvd. at approximately 8:30pm, and will arrive at Sims Park in time for sunset. All times are estimates.
Last year’s event was enjoyed by approximately 800 people on bikes. Read about last year’s event at https://clevelandcm.wordpress.com/2014/06/ and stay current on this year’s event by going to www.facebook.com/groups/clecritmass/ and the Event Page for Bike Euclid at www.facebook.com/euclidbikes. And yes, just as last year, Bike Euclid T’s will be available at this event.