Seasonal Special Happenings

Cleveland Bike Week

When: Mon., May 16 2011

Today marks the official start of the third annual Cleveland Bicycle Week, a community event designed to encourage you to pump up the tires, strap on the helmet, and start pedaling. Among the week's related activities: free bike-maintenance classes, a juried art exhibition of works from recycled bike parts, a Ride of Silence to remind drivers and bikers to share the roadways, the Old Brooklyn Pedal for Prizes event, and the Bike to Work Downtown Celebration. At a time when a gallon of gasoline will set you back $4, the benefits of pedal power seem obvious. Still, organizers want you to know that bike riding improves physical and mental health, decreases smog, encourages social interaction, builds community, and saves money. (No word on whether it whitens teeth, cures the common cold, or helps you meet cute chicks.) For a complete schedule of Bike Week activities, go to clevelandbicycleweek.org. — Cicora

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