Heights Bicycle Coalition (HBC) signed an agreement with Bike Cleveland to become a local chapter of the organization. The process started earlier this year (February) and the document was signed in August 2020. This partnership will increase HBC’s clout, increasing its capacity to advocate for bicycling safety and infrastructure and streamlining membership benefits for the residents of Cleveland Heights, Shaker Heights, University Heights, and South Euclid. The Chapter will be organized around four committees focused on advocacy, communications, events, and rides. Heights community members are welcomed to join any of these committees to contribute to these efforts.
Financial contributions from Heights residents to Bike Cleveland will partly fund our local Chapter. In turn, we will forward any donations we receive to Bike Cleveland to allocate the funds according to the terms of our agreement.
HBC was initially a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization formed in 2010 to make the Heights area more bicycle-friendly. Since its inception, HBC has supported numerous initiatives such as community rides, expanded bicycle routes and bike lanes, and increased bicycling infrastructure. We have improved relationships with school districts, resulting in enhanced bike infrastructure, created bicycle-centered events, and the revival of bike-safety programs.
As a Bike Cleveland Chapter, HBC will continue to work on its mission of educating the community about bicycling as a sustainable and healthy form of transportation and recreation, increasing the participation of residents of all demographics in bicycling, and enhancing safety for bicyclists using all Heights roads. For more information about future events and how HBC will continue working for the Heights communities, the public is encouraged to engage via HBC’s website and social media accounts.