2015 10 Social Ride

Written by Joshua Goran
Tuesday, 24 February 2015 15:25

October 3, 2015 Social Ride: Spooky Places

Since we will be starting our new Shop Class series on Saturday, October 3rd at 9am, the Social ride this month will be lead entirely by League Cycling Instructors Kevin Cronin and Lou Powers and Our Guest Expert will be Marty Cader, bikeway planner for the Cleveland Planning Commission.

In the past the October ride has explored Cleveland's Spookiest Places in anticipation of our traditional Ghost Ride around Halloween, but since our advocacy partners will be in attendance and I (Jim) won't, we're changing the theme to Cleveland's Scariest Places -- as in scary traffic environments -- because Bike Cleveland has some recent news about scarily-engineered bike facilities that bears repeating in situ, and lots of upcoming work to make sure that this theme is not continued...  

Route map is here.

A partial list from Bike Cleveland of what we'll visit:

Franklin Hill:
While the street has very little car traffic, there are deep cracks in the pavement from the bluff slowly sinking into the river. What’s scary about that? Besides some serious diversion hazards, you never know when the whole thing might just slide into the river.

W. 25th:
Buffered bike lanes, where the buffer created more separation between motor-vehicles and people on bikes are common place in cities across the country. In Cleveland, on W. 25th Street, we felt it was important to buffer the curb, putting the bikes closed to the moving automobile traffic. Missed opportunity to make this street less scary for the less experienced/confident cyclists. Bike Cleveland continues to push the city to prevent this type of design in the future.

Detroit Superior Bridge:
The southern most lane, once closed to automobile traffic until 1969 is now one of the scariest places to ride in Cleveland, especially during rush hour. Bike Cleveland is working with the City of Cleveland and NOACA to do analysis and provide recommendations for closing this lane once again to car traffic.

Bike Rack: 
Not scary, but a cool place. Bike Cleveland is doing a BTWD event here on Oct. 2nd 7am-9am, free coffee and bagels.

Eagle Ave: 
There have been stories of bikes being stolen when locked up to posts, of people being tackled for riding through here during events. TO dispel the scary stories Bike Cleveland worked with the Indians to place bike racks and place signage communicating to people on bikes that you can not ride through here during events.

Ontario Ave: 
As wide as a freeway, which allows cars to travel well above the posted speed limit, this it is a key north-south connection to Broadway Ave and the Lorain Carnegie Bridge. Bike Cleveland and the CUDC have a plan to create a separated bikeway on the east side of Ontario to make a safe-stress free connection.

Lorain and W. 20th
If you are headed east on Lorain it can be a stressful experience making a left at W. 20th to get onto the separated multi-use trail. The approaches on both ends of this excellent MUP (Multi Use Path) were not part of ODOT's scope of work, so they are, well, not

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