I love riding my bike. So when I heard about all of the events happening around Cleveland this May for bike month, I was excited to start riding! So this past weekend, my dad and I embarked on an adventure throughout Cleveland on the Eastside Cemeteries Bike Ride.
The group met at the Soldiers & Sailors Monument in Public Square (conveniently located right down the street from where I live), and we took off down Euclid toward our first cemetery spot – Erie Street Cemetery. From there, I got my first lesson in true street riding, as most times I try and stay on the sidewalk, away from moving vehicles. With about twenty people in our group, I felt safer on the roads and was able to learn some proper riding etiquette. Not sure I’m confident to go back out there and do it on my own, but I’m getting there!
Shortly into our ride, we made an unexpected stop at the Cleveland Flea, which I’ve been wanting to check out for awhile. It was the perfect pit stop to grab some grub from the Food Trucks or pick up a treasure or two. From the Cleveland Flea on East 55th, we headed into uncharted territory. Now I’m all about checking out new parts of Cleveland, but heading down St. Clair past East 130th street to Shaw High School was not exactly what I had in mind. It turned out to be quite the adventure and really interesting. Truthfully, I’m just grateful we made it out alive.
Our half-way point was University Circle, which is where we stopped for lunch at ABC Tavern. It was nice to get to know our fellow riders and to take a break before heading back downtown. Group rides are fun because it brings people from different areas of the community together. Plus, when are you going to check out an ancient cemetery right in the hood of Cleveland? My only complaint about the bike ride was the fact that the times were not remotely accurate. The ride was supposed to go from 10 – 1 p.m. When we hit our halfway point, it was already 2 p.m.! So we had to end the ride early and missed the second half of cemeteries.
Make sure you go to http://www.bikecleveland.org to check out the events throughout the rest of May and summer. I would highly recommend that you check out the Old Brooklyn Pedal for Prizes this Saturday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. The meeting point is Loew Park, and from there you are given a list of locations to visit between 11 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. You get a punch card and for each location visited, you get one hole punch. At the end you are given the amount of raffle tickets that corresponds with the number of hole punches you have. There are raffles for some awesome prizes, like a new bike or gift cards for local restaurants. I went last year and it was a blast!