This article is the third in a series intended to increase awareness about local bike laws. In the last article, we discussed why the best place to ride a bike is often in the road. This month we will clarify where exactly on the road a bike should be. Under state law, bikes must generally ride as far right as “practicable”. It seems simple enough at first blush, but there can be some confusion as it plays out.
If you’re like most people I encounter, you might find that sharing the road with cyclists can be confusing at times. As a person who loves both cars and bikes, traffic issues frustrate me on multiple levels. When I’m driving a car, I don’t ever want to HIT anyone who is riding a bike, just as much as I don’t want to GET HIT by a car when I’m the one riding a bike.
EUCLID MASTER PLAN and EXPLORE YOU WARD BIKE RIDES
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 evening 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.
This month we recognize Christine and Steve McIntosh, enthusiastic supporters of Bike Euclid. And congratulations Christine on becoming the new Ward 5 Councilperson! Christine and Steve share with us their differing approaches to bicycling.
We recognize Euclid residents Amelia Bartucci and Patrick Byrne as the July Bicyclists of the Month. We find the juxtaposition of their responses interesting.
Where do you enjoy riding? Is it for transportation, recreation, or both? Describe the experience.
A. I enjoy riding locally. I am born and raised in the city of Euclid so I love to ride around the neighborhood. I mostly ride for recreation and to be outside. Riding a bike is very relaxing and it makes it easy to give a quick wave to any passer-by.
P. I enjoy riding everywhere possible. Whether it's just around the neighborhood doing errands or going to a friends house. The towpath trail thru cuyahoga valley national park is a great place to ride along with all of the Cleveland Metroparks that we are lucky to have so close by. I really like riding down Lakeshore Blvd to Downtown, up MLK to Little Italy or if you haven't risen your bike over the Carnegie bridge to Ohio City give that a go sometime.
Do you ride year round? How do you dress for the cold?
A. I do not ride year round as I am not that brave. But if I did, I would dress as if I was going to a football game.
P.I don't really ride that much in the cold weather but if I do you can't go wrong with under armor winter gear. Also my Bern helmet has an insert I can take out which allows me to wear a winter hat underneath my helmet.
Do you ride your bike to work or school? Describe the experience.
A. I do not ride to work, though now that I am working in Euclid, I absolutely have the option to. Typically, I am dressed up for work so riding a bike would make it a little bit difficult.
P. I used to work at Heinens downtown on East 9th street and I would ride my bike to work everyday weather permitting. What a great way to wake up in the morning. Unfortunately, I was transferred to the Strongsville store and now my drive in a car takes longer then it took me on my bike to get Downtown.
If you could change or improve one thing about your cycling experience, what would it be?
A. I just wish more people would ride. It is such an enjoyable experience and it just makes me feel happy and free!
P. I would like to change people's perception of bike riders like myself who ride in the street. All we are trying to do is share a little piece of blacktop and arrive where we are going safely. Remember we have every right to the road as someone in a car does.
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 everyone for your enthusiasm and support of Bike Euclid! June concludes with our annual Bike to the Beach Party and Campout.
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.