May is National Bike Month. Cities in our area, such as Cleveland Heights and University Heights, have joined cities around the country in declaring May Bike Month. 
 
This year we have canceled our events that ordinarily take place during Bike Month due to the COVID-19 outbreak. We are doing this in compliance with the orders and guidelines on social distancing in the State of Ohio. Those guidelines have prohibited public gatherings and instructed citizens to wash their hands and maintain a distance of at least 6-feet when in public. They also ask that we shelter in place and go out only when essential, and for exercise. 
 
Bike rides are a good way to exercise in a socially distant manner. If you chose to ride, please follow all traffic rules. Let’s do our part to prevent accidents and prevent overburdening our healthcare providers. Avoid riding in groups. It is only advisable to ride with people you live with. Remember to keep a distance greater than the recommended 6-feet when passing another cyclist; a greater distance might be required to keep you safe from COVID-19 while exercising. 
 
You can satisfy the need to stay engaged with the cycling community during these times. Stay connected to other riders using apps such as Strava. Join our HBC Stava Club by visiting https://www.strava.com/clubs/bikesintheheights. Another alternative is to consider participating in virtual rides. You can join local, national, and international rides this way. Stay tuned for updates from us, as well as from Bike Cleveland, to get additional information on local virtual rides and route recommendations.
 
You can also join cyclists around the country as they participate in the Ride of Silence. The Ride of Silence has taken place on the third Wednesday of May for the last 18 years. It honors the cyclists who have been injured or killed in accidents with motorists. This ride raises awareness and asks that we all share the roads. This year the Ride of Silence will take place across the Nation on May 20th, at 7 PM. HBC will not be organizing a ride due to COVID-19. However, those interested in participating can ride solo or with members of their household and log their rides on a national platform (details await to be announced). 
 
*Heights Bicycle Coalition stands in solidarity with all the families in our communities, especially those hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic. Those include our community members who have been affected with illness, lost their jobs due to the pandemic, our caregivers, and those maintaining our critical infrastructure that keeps our cities functioning.

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