Ohio Passes New 3-Foot Passing Law

Congratulations to all who helped in getting the new 3-foot passing law a reality for us.

A lion’s share of the work was done by the Ohio Bicycle Federation, a state bike advocacy organization. Many of us also contacted our state legislators and passed the word throughout the state to help it along. Here is a link to an article from Bike Cleveland on the new law.


Please spread the word even more as this law becomes effective on March 19, 2017.

Interest Survey For 2017

In preparation for our next year, we would like to hear from members and prospective members as to what activities they would like to see for Bike Elyria. Our survey is brief and will only take you a few minutes to complete.

All responses will be considered and discussed among our leaders. We hope that with your help we will be able to assemble an interesting set of programs, classes, and rides for many.

So, please take a few minutes and complete the short survey. We’d like to hear from members of course, but also from you who may be possibly interested but have not yet joined.

Click on the link below to be taken to the 2017 Interest Survey.


Thank you for your input.




Ward 3 Bike Ride

Bike Elyria is partnering with the Elyria Bicycle Advisory Committee to host the first of a series of what we are calling Ward Rides.

What is a Ward Ride you ask? This is when people from all over join us and city officials in exploring the streets and unique neighborhoods of a particular ward in Elyria. We selected Ward 3 because Mark Jessie, Ward 3 Councilman is an avid cyclist himself and his ward will be a good one to explore. Ward 3 is Elyria’s southwest corner starting around East Rec area and wanders down to the southern limits across Chestnut Ridge and even includes the Chestnut Commons area. It’s a large area with lots of older and newer homes – great for exploring.

In case you have not seen our flyer for this event, here it is with some of the important details, like when and where and all that. Take a look then come back here to register. Click on this link:   ward-3-ride-10-16

We will meet at the East Recreation Center Pool Parking Lot and head out from there. A map of our route can be found here: ward-3-ride-map The route is only about 8.7 miles long so it will not take long to ride the route. We will be done well before noon so you can get on with your Saturday.

We need for people to pre-register for this event so we can prepare properly. To register, simply click on the link below and fill in the few blanks. We need to register kids separately so we know how many kids to expect. Any information you give us will never be shared with anyone – a valid email address is requested only for verification – we will not send you any unwanted emails.

To Register for the 10/22 WARD 3 BIKE RIDE Click the link below:


Later on we will host Ward Rides from each of Elyria’s wards, helping residents get to know what their city is like, when seen from a bike seat. We have a great city but it can always be better.

If you have any questions not answered above, contact us at bikeelyria1@gmail.com

Hope to see all of you there.

New Bike Class on Cold Weather Riding and Riding at Night

With fall upon us and cooler weather reminding that more changes are on the way, we felt it is time to have a fall class to help those of you who want to extend your love of cycling from just a warm weather and daytime activity to one you can enjoy just about anytime.

So, we put together a class to cover both cooler weather biking and how to ride safely in the dark times of day.

The class is coming up soon, like in a couple of weeks. A flyer is floating around somewhere through town but one is also accessible here, with a click:  cold-weather-flyer

The flyer says you can register here online. Okay, all you have to do is send an email to this address and let us know who you are. Send to:  bikeelyria1@gmail.com Don’t worry about prepaying – you can pay at the door.

As you can see, there is no cost for the class to members of BE and only $5 for non-members. And we will have a drawing for a nifty hi-output bike headlight valued at over $50. Yes, you have to be there to win.

So, what all will be talked about in this class? Hoo, baby, there is a lot to go over if this topic is new to you. Here is a basic starter list of topics that will be covered:

Cool Weather Topics

Clothing to wear at different temperatures; foot coverings and socks; knee protection and when that is necessary; when do you need longer pants or tights; are gloves enough and what kind and when; heat loss through your head; protect your eyes too; necking on a bike; lips get cold and need help; nosy people sniffle; and what about your gut. And for your bike – Same water bottle? How to clean your bike in the winter; any better cold weather lubes?

Night Riding Topics

Why would you ever ride at night? Clothing needs; reflectors? How strong of a headlight do you need? Watts vs lumens; tail lights; steady or blinking lights? What do the laws require? Light up your helmet; how does traffic behave at night; any difference between country and city riding at night? halogen vs LED; carry spare what?

Feel free to bring your own headlight and tail light and any other item you use in cold weather or when riding at night to compare with the samples we will have at the program.

Fall Ride Schedule

We have put together a nice schedule of rides for this fall. With starting spots all over town, using a variety of dates and times, we hope this gives all of you the urge to come out and ride with us.

The rides will be at a slower pace, depending on who all shows up, but we never let anyone get stranded behind or left alone.

Weather will always make the final determination as to whether we ride or not, what with autumn always being a toss up, much like spring. Rain and sudden drops in temps will usually keep us from riding… but not always. So it’s a good idea to check here or on Face Book about the ride of the day. If a cancellation seems necessary, we will post it as early as possible.

Here is our schedule of rides for September and October. 2016 fall ride calendar

West Park Ride

Our goal for this first season was to offer neighborhood rides all over town. Some parts of town pose real challenges for routing because of how the streets are laid out and how busy some areas are with traffic. We prefer our neighborhood rides to be easy, short, and good for about all levels od riders.

Here we have our West Side with a start from West Park Recreation Center. We will travel some nice neighborhoods that a lot of Elyrians never see. And we will follow along some older roads that have been closed off because of other advances, like bigger highways.

About midway we will stop for an ice cream break. With the weather as hot and humid as it has been these last few days, this will be welcomed by all riders.

We will ride a short ways on a busier stretch of West River Road but as you will learn, Elyria’s motorists are pretty well behaved and respectful.

Save the map to use any time.

West Park 6.5 mi.

In June We Hit The Trails

For the handful of members we’ve come to know so far it has been a nice spring, albeit fraught with lack of predictability and warmth. but once the end of may finally came around, so did the heat and our bike season began.

We had only two rides in May, both exploring the neighborhoods of our fair city. While we rode I heard often how we saw streets and communities that seemed new to us, regardless how long we’ve been residents. We rode 5 miles along the side streets that cross or parallel Georgetown Ave. and then we rode the college-named streets on the east side. It was interesting to see how some streets are in good surface condition while others required us to practice some of our quick steering.

With those two rides under our saddles we next are forging out to the trails in our area. Two events are scheduled: Sunday, June 5 and Saturday, June 11. With these rides our style changes slightly – we will still move at a slow to moderate pace, determined by the slowest among us, plus we will be mainly on trails so we can include some kids to ride along, too.

Here are the details as we know them for the two rides coming up:

Sunday, June 5, 1 pm. Bur Oak Park (Black River Reservation, Lorain County Metroparks). If you have never been to Bur Oak before, this is reachable off of Ford Road which runs between Gulf Road and West River Road by Midway Mall. It is down in the valley and the Black River runs adjacent to it. We will meet close to the first pavilion near the parking lot. A brief safety talk will occur for trail etiquette. Free bottled water and energy bars will be available after the ride. From this part of the trail one can ride on into Lorain, about 5 miles one way, with one hill to conquer going up to the days Dam Park on W. 31st St. From there the trail continues through an interesting area of the old steel mill yards along the Black river, with great views along the way.

If you have a little one along who will not be able or willing to ride the full distance, you can still get in about a 5 mile ride by turning around just before the hill. Kids love this trail – it is wide and scenic with a few areas to check out the river a bit closer.

Saturday, June 11, 1 pm. Elyria City Hall Parking Lot. (City Hall is accessed only from Second St., which is a one-way street going west.) From here we will take 2nd St. to the bike trail to Oberlin. One way this is about 8 miles. Once in Oberlin we will stop for a bite at McDonald’s and then decide what to do next. One option is to continue on the trail to Kipton (another 6 miles one way) or return to Elyria or stop to see Swerve Bike Shop. Lots of options so we might be a broken up group after a snack at McD’s.

Kids are very welcome again but they will need to be able to make the entire trip or return with their parent/guardian on their own. Training wheels are allowable on this and the Bur Oak event but the child must be able to complete the trip or turn back with their adult.

Because our group might get broken up with so many options we may not have energy bars and bottled water available. Look for more details closer to the event.

These events are free to all. Non-members must sign a waiver to participate; children under age 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.