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Cleveland Bike Week activities, bike counts, pop ups, bike parades, scavenger hunts and more

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/16/12 @ 10:40am

Did you know Northeast Ohio's official bike counts are being conducted this week? The region's transportation agency (NOACA) stations volunteers to count cyclists and pedestrians at these 22 intersections (highlighted in yellow). NOACA bike planner Marc Von Allmen explains why it's important that you roll by and get counted: "It can help us to determine what factors have a correlation with high rates of biking and walking. It helps us to more effectively prioritize limiting funding for bike and pedestrian projects."

This is Bike Week capped on Friday by the big Bike to Work Day. If you want to ride in a group, find a meet up location and get connected on Bike Cleveland's site and Facebook with hundreds of regular folks who plan to bike in to work. Free coffee is on offer around town, and the downtown bike station will have a big gathering with cupcakes, coffee, conversation (and a safe place to lock up and shower).

It's a big month for biking in Cleveland?bike parades are a great way to build up interest in biking with hundreds of kids in Glenville recently biking on the road with a police escort on their 7-mile ride. Next up is the Stockyards-Clark Metro Bike-a-Thon. This Saturday, kids from all around the Near West Side will have an escorted 3-mile ride. Ohio City's Joy Machines bike shop will be on hand to tune bikes for the kids. Helping kids ride bikes safely is the motto-the spirit of generosity and fun flows in abundance through the bike community.

The Pop Up Pearl event is on tap this Saturday-marvel at what the streets of Cleveland could be with bike lanes, pop up shops and art installations set up between Wildlife Way (the Zoo) and State Road. New this year is a DIY Urbanism Competition. The bike scavenger hunt Pedal for Prizes is back and expecting 500 cyclists.

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