Safe Routes to School
Since 2010, Heights Bicycle Coalition has collaborated with physical education teachers and school officials to promote Walk or Bike to School Days.
The Cleveland Heights-University Heights School District posts the official dates on its calendar, writes articles school websites and endorses fliers that promote the event. Ruffing Montessori School also participates.
In 2014, the City of Cleveland Heights submitted School Travel Plans for four public K-8 schools (Canterbury, Oxford and Roxboro Elementary Schools, and Monticello Middle School) and one K-8 parochial school (Hebrew Academy), along with an application for non-infrastructure and infrastructure grants to improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists around these schools.
Later in 2014, the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School Program granted Cleveland Heights $7,000 for non-infrastructure initiatives and $200,000 for infrastructure improvements. The funds will be spent, largely in 2015, on better crosswalks, crossing guard and safety patrol gear and more.
Bike Rodeos and Other Bike Safety Events for Families & Children
In past years, most of the CHUH district’s schools have held bike rodeos, bike/wellness programs or assemblies, thanks to collaborative efforts involving elementary and middle school physical education teachers and principals, PTAs, the bicycle unit of the Cleveland Heights Police Department and the Heights Bicycle Coalition. The Heights Youth Club (a Boys and Girls Club) also collaborated with the Cleveland Heights Police Bicycle Unit to offer a bike rodeo.
A steering committee is working on plans for a family bicycling event (All Geared Up) to be held on April 16, 2015, at Canterbury School, which is open to all residents of the school district.
Fairfax and Canterbury Elementary Schools offer after-school bike clubs in the fall and spring. Kids learn about safe cycling and go on group rides to a bike shop, playgrounds and Shaker Lakes.
Adult Smart Cycling Classes
Since 2012, Heights residents have been able to take the League of American Bicyclists Safe Cycling Class to brush up their safe bicycling skills. Taught by League Certified Instructors and promoted by Heights Bicycle Coalition and the City of Cleveland Heights, the classes received very positive feedback from participants.
Every summer, the Cleveland Heights Community Center is home to the popular Safety Town program for children entering kindergarten in the fall. Cleveland Heights has been offering Safety Town as one aspect of getting children off to a good start in school for decades.
Share the Road Education for Motorists
Heights Bicycle Coalition members have participated in and promoted the Share the Road education program of Bike Cleveland.
For several years, physical education teachers, Cleveland Heights Police and the Heights Bicycle Coalition have acquired children’s bike helmets for children that need them, either for free or at a low cost.