Time for Bicycle Commuting

Edgehill Road, connecting Cleveland Heights and University Circle, is one of the most heavily used bicycle routes in Northeast Ohio.  Cleveland Heights and Cleveland recently repaved this shared roadway and added sharrows going downhill and a bike lane (partially buffered) going uphill.

Summer is the perfect time to try bicycle commuting. It’s a growing trend, for many reasons:

  • It’s good for your physical health and is a great stress reliever.
  • It is economical and good for the environment.
  • All the cool kids are doing it.

Got excuses? Here are the official Heights Bicycle Coalition (HBC) responses to the most commonly cited barriers:

1. It's not convenient or safe:Bike lanes, paths and sharrows, and more places to park your bicycle securely are making cycling safer in the Cleveland area. Learn about cycling skills at the League of American Bicyclists website, and ride with others to learn more.

2. It's too far: Consider combining bicycling with public transportation. Ride your bike to a bus stop, load the bike aboard, and then get off when you reach a more convenient bicycling distance. All RTA buses have bike racks. Bikes are permitted in HealthLine trains and two bikes per car are permitted on rapid transit trains.

3. I Need cycling/bike commuting friends: Join a bike club.  See the HBC resource webpage (http://bikesintheheights.org/resources/links/). Register with OhioRideShares/OhioBikeBuddies  (http://ohiorideshare.com/Pages/BikeBuddies).

4. I don't have an appropriate bike: For new bikes or bike repairs in your area, look online. For used bikes, consider the Ohio City Bike Co-op and Affordable Bikes Recyclery - both on the near west side of Cleveland.

Mary Dunbar

Joy Henderson and Mary Dunbar are founding members of the Heights Bicycle Coalition.

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Volume 1, Issue 8, Posted 5:02 PM, 07.30.2013