Village Bicycle Cooperative event cycles through Bay's history
More than 60 participants experienced Bay Village from a unique perspective on the History/Mystery Bike Tour sponsored by the Village Bicycle Cooperative on a chilly Saturday in April.
Cyclists of all ages met at the VBC Cahoon Road facility to pick up their map that took them to recognized historical points in Bay such as Lakeside Cemetery as well as those not as obviously historical such as Reese Park. There, riders learned about The Interurban Electric Train that connected early twentieth century Bay Village residents to Public Square in Cleveland.
Through the use of QR codes as well as the written program, riders gained information about The Mystery Wave of 1882, the American Bald Eagles from which Eagle Cliff Park gets its name, and Dr. Elberta Fleming whose love of nature was the catalyst for creating the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center. In addition, some riders participated in a scavenger hunt in which they won prizes for recording their finds through pictures on their cellphones. It was a festive day with a band performing mid-afternoon and a raffle to win a tandem bicycle.
Ride creator Rebecca Krueger noted that Bay has made much progress as a biking community. “Just a few years ago, you got a ticket for riding your bike on Lake Road.” Now, through efforts of the VBC and the Bay Village Green Team, and support from the City of Bay Village, the suburb is becoming a model biking community in the state.
Coming in May and June, VBC's Bike More and Ride Less programs will educate people to shift their thinking and choose active transportation. Workshops include Commuting 101 on May 8, 7:30-9 p.m.; Family Biking 101, June 27, 9-10:30 a.m.; and Errand Running 101, also on June 27, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. These classes, that are limited to 6 participants, will discuss everything you need to know and have equipment available so you can leave with a bike that’s outfitted and ready to roll. The cost is only $5 and you can register at www.villagebicycle.org/in-the-community.
I write, cook and cycle as well as teach writing at TriC. My husband, Bill, and I have lived in Bay Village for 26 years.