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Old 03-10-05, 02:44 PM
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Cleveland, Ohio to be the next Bycycle mag. "Bike Town"

I thought I would forward this on to the group.


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Cleveland Bike/Ped folks,

This will be a long e-mail, but I'll summarize as much as possible. First,
thank you to each of you who called and e-mailed when I requested info for
the BikeTown coordinator. Even if we weren't able to meet with you,
Bicycling Magazine has a copy of what you sent. Your response was truly
overwhelming!

I spent all of Tuesday with the project coordinator from BikeTown. I
picked her up at the airport at 8:30am and we covered alot of territory.
Here's a quick idea of some of what we did:

- Dropped into the Cleveland Metroparks so she could get an idea of what
that was like.

- Stopped into our Rocky River store. Gave her one of our "Where to
Ride
Guides" which has lots of local cycling maps plus info on events that are
going on.

- Drove through Lakewood on Clifton Blvd so that she could see one of our
neighborhoods.

- Looked at the Veterans Memorial Bridge with it's new bicycle and
pedestrian promenade.

- Met with the City of Cleveland. We spent over an hour discussing some
of the projects that are completed or underway. There is alot going on!
The main thing that I would like to accomplish with BikeTown is to get
local people to know about all the great bicycle things we have here.

- Went to lunch at Vivo so that she could see the fabulous renovation of
the Old Arcade. It is spectacular! Also looked at Euclid Avenue so that
she could see some of the work that is underway.

- Went to Chagrin Falls for a meeting with some people who are planning
two community bike races.

- We discussed putting together a list of BikeTown featured events. The
idea is to come up with existing events to highlight by deeming them
BikeTown events. For example, pick some citizens' races, a few night rides
on the towpath, one or two club rides, a couple of charity rides, a family
ride, some ride to work days, etc. The ultimate idea is to have one
featured event each week for June/July/August and label it the BikeTown
Tour.

- Looked at sites for the BikeTown kickoff including the Rock Hall, Scene
Pavillion & Powerhouse, Tower City, the new park next to City Hall, etc.
They will be doing the initial kickoff in May since May is National Bike
Month. The idea is to partner with an existing event. She was given the
master events calendar from Kelly Blazek to try to find an event to partner
with.

- Stopped into the Ohio City Bicycle Co-op. They have offered to teach
bicycle safety which is a piece that Rodale wanted to include in the
project.

- Looked at the Lakefront Bikeway which goes from Edgewater Park to
Bratenhal.

We were going for 8 hours solid and we still didn't see University Circle
area, MLK/Culteral Gardens, West Side Market, the Towpath, Ray's Indoor
Mountain Bike park, or other things that were on my list to try to show her.

Next week, Bicycling Magazine will begin accepting essays from people who
think having a new bicycle will change their life. It could be someone who
wants to lose weight or wants to save on gas or wants to spend more time
with their kids or is recovering from a heart attack or whatever.

Please spread the word to anyone you can think of to start working on their
essay. The winners will be chosen by the editors of Bicycling Magazine in
April.

Also, Century Cycles is building a page on our website that will have links
to all of the area bicycle, pedestrian and health projects in the northern
Ohio area. Bicycling Magazine will have a feature page on each BikeTown
city, too. Please send me your webpage info if you have something about
your bicycle, pedestrian or health project.

Lastly, please forward some or all of this to anyone you know in the media.
I am hoping we find a media outlet to have a recurring Bike/Ped column,
radio program or television feature. You are all working on so many
projects and I want the public to know about them!

Cheers,
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Old 03-10-05, 03:04 PM
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Perhaps this is unwarranted grousing on my part, but nowhere in the long post
did I see a mention of actually riding a bike anywhere in Cleveland as part of the
evaluation process for "Biketown."
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Originally Posted by scrantr
Perhaps this is unwarranted grousing on my part, but nowhere in the long post
did I see a mention of actually riding a bike anywhere in Cleveland as part of the
evaluation process for "Biketown."
Perhaps this is unwarranted sarcasm on my part, but would it kill you to go to the bicycle magazine website and search for information?
http://magazine-directory.com/Bicycling.htm
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Of all places, Ohio sucks to ride, live, vacation it just SUCKS!!! hell you can ride what 3 months out the year. i seen snow there in freakin June.
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Old 03-11-05, 10:01 AM
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your post is noted
the thread is about biketown
stick to the subject

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Boy it sounds like Cleveland has changed a lot in the thirty years since I left. I grew up exploring the flats and the west side on my bike. Back then the only bike stuff was the Emerald Necklace and one ped/bike only street downtown by The MAy Co
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Old 03-11-05, 02:33 PM
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Here are a couple Cleveland cycling sites:

http://www.northcoastsports.net/
http://www.raysmtb.com/
http://www.ohiocitycycles.org/

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Originally Posted by pacesetter
Of all places, Ohio sucks to ride, live, vacation it just SUCKS!!! hell you can ride what 3 months out the year. i seen snow there in freakin June.
I like Ohio. I have ridden (outside) every month this year. I rode today. In snow. Warm-weather riding doesn't build character. I am almost a cartoon, I have so much character. What doesn't kill us makes us stronger. I am strong like bull. (I feel silly saying all this with the likes of Mssr. Gagnon from Montreal on these forums. That is truly character-building. But the Quebecois don't have as much 98 F, 98% humidity July-Aug-Sept as us ) (my face in those conditions)

Congrats to Cleveland-they need it. Maybe Butch Davis will win a bike. He said he gained a lot of weight while coaching the Browns. And he's unemployed. Come to think of it, he's perfect.

I love the BikeTown experiments. Some of the stories have been truly inspirational. They should repo the bikes from non-riders though, and re-distribute. Check for tire wear after 6 months.
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Originally Posted by pacesetter
Of all places, Ohio sucks to ride, live, vacation it just SUCKS!!! hell you can ride what 3 months out the year. i seen snow there in freakin June.

I know plenty of folks who ride all year. They are just not wimpy like some folks who retreat to trainers if the weather is not perfect.

sorry to continue the hijack.
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Originally Posted by lala
sorry to continue the hijack.
you post what you want
i know you are from Cleveland
no offense taken

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Way to go Cleveland! Hope it gets the sport lots of positive attention, and makes it a better place to live and ride. Trek and Bicycling Mag are doing a great service to the cycling community and to those who will take advantage of the opportunity to get out and ride. Bravo!!
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Jerry always liked Cleveland too, Shifty. I saw many shows in the various venues there. (sniff sniff)
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Jerry always liked Cleveland too, Shifty. I saw many shows in the various venues there. (sniff sniff)
I hear you my brother, Jerry lives on in the heart. Remember "Any day is a good day for a Grateful Dead Concert"
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