CH SIDs kick off May with Bike the Heights
May is Bike Month, and the Cedar Fairmount, Cedar Lee and Coventry Village special improvement districts (SIDs) will be celebrating in a big way with the introduction of their first collaborative Bike the Heights weekend, Friday to Sunday, May 3 to 5.
Recognizing the increasing popularity of bike riding in the districts, leaders of the three SIDs determined an event was in order. In addition to rides, special offers will be available at select merchants in each of the districts.
The Heights Bicycle Coalition (HBC) is taking an active part in the weekend with a family-friendly ride on Saturday, May 4, at 3 p.m., originating and ending at Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Park. Since Saturday is May 4 ("May the Fourth be With You!") Coventry Village will tip its hat to "Star Wars." Crank Set Rides asks everyone to arrive in "Star Wars" costumes to become eligible for prizes as part of its Star Wars Bar Crawl Ride through Cedar Lee, Cedar Fairmount and Coventry Village.
The weekend isn’t only about bike rides. Green Tara Yoga, in Cedar Fairmount, across from Nighttown, will offer special stretching for bicyclists on May 3, at 6 p.m., and May 4, at 11 a.m. Those who ride their bikes to Green Tara Yoga’s studio on May 4 may take a free yoga class from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Confluence Cycle and Yoga on Coventry Road is offering a 9 a.m. drop-in special on Friday, May 3, and a 9:45 a.m. drop-in special on Saturday, May 4 (mention code Bike 10 for both classes). Confluence wraps up its offerings with an outdoor fitness ride at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 5.
In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, Lopez on Lee will feature a Brunch Fiesta from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday.
In need of bike repair? Stop by the parking lot adjacent to Nighttown on May 4, where HBC will have six mechanics working to get bikes running like new. Self-service bike stations will be open throughout the weekend at the Lee Road Library and at the northwest corner of Lee and Superior roads, across from Cain Park.
Those interested in purchasing bikes should stop by the Cleveland Heights Police Department’s Annual Bike Auction on Sunday, May 5, 1 p.m. It will take place in the parking lot adjacent to the police entrance at CH City Hall.
In addition to their own activities, the SIDs are also helping promote activities in University Circle, where the Slow Roll takes place on Monday, May 6. For more information visit www.ugointhecircle.com/events.
Myra Orenstein has been a Cleveland Heights resident for more than 30 years, and is president of CATV, a marketing/advertising/pr collaborative acting as executive director of Cedar Fairmount SID and Cleveland Independents.