Schedule 2022

Aug 8th @ Willard Park Downtown - FREE Stamp

Meet 6:00PM - Ride at 7:00PM


Slow Roll photo from the future? No, a look back to 2016's Cavs victory parade!

We were reminded recently that Claes Oldenburg, the Free Stamp's co-creator, died last month in New York City at the age of 93. Mr. Oldenburg left an indelible mark on the city of Cleveland, even though many people at the time it was placed thought that we were being made the butt of a joke.

In a way, though, Oldenburg and his wife and collaborator Coosje van Bruggen gave us the greatest of gifts: a work of public art, accessible to all, beholden to no corporate interest, in service of no product or political campaign. The Free Stamp belongs to everyone in Cleveland. That aligns with our own mission: Slow Roll Cleveland is free to all and open to everyone. Slow Roll is for the people and will remain that way.

Come out next Monday to Willard Park at the corner of Lakeside and E. 9th at 7 PM and enjoy an evening bike ride without strings, obligations or hidden agendas.

July 25 @ Midtown Makeup and Christmas in July!

Meet 6:00PM - Ride at 7:00PM


Coming off our most massive ride ever, we'll make good on a date from last month that we had to call due to rain. We return to Midtown and we're literally going to the dogs. Read on, but first here's the original announcement from June:

"Midtown is one of Cleveland's smallest neighborhoods, but traditionally one of its most important. When you drive through it, you might not even know it's there, but you're driving through a neighborhood with more than 600 businesses and 18,000 employees, including Pierre's Ice Cream, Dealer Tire and the future home of the Cleveland Foundation. The area's been on something of a comeback arc lately, with new developments visibly rising across the Euclid corridor and more planned.

We've never started a ride in Midtown, but next Monday we'll be changing that. We're starting out our busy June at the corner of E. 71st Street and Euclid Avenue, in the lot next to the building that hosted the Cleveland Walls! festival last fall (many of you may remember our ride-by of a few of those murals during a late-year ride).

The location should be easy to find thanks to the block-long murals painted on both the E. 71st and Euclid sides of the building at 7107 Euclid. Take a minute to admire the work that went into them and the sense of community they were meant to engender.

Our ride begins at 7 pm, but you can arrive by 6:30; our booth will be set up for registration and merch. Just look for the blue canopy and the red Slow Roll banner.

As for parking, the empty parking lot behind the lot we're using as a gathering space should be ok to use. Do not keep valuables in your car, as the lot will be unattended during the ride."

Since this is a makeup date, we decided to add a few things to the mix to shake things up a little bit.

Christmas in July will feature prizes for best decorated bike (Christmas theme only, of course) as well as a chance to meet some dogs before the ride and get your photo taken with some cute pups wearing Santa hats. Bring your own dog and dress them in ridiculous elf shenanigans! None of this makes any sense so everything is ok.

Our Christmas in July Slow Roll on July 25th will be collecting donations for Companion Pets of Cleveland.

Companion Pets of Cleveland strives to help families and their companion animals stay together during financially difficult times, times that could easily separate them because of the owner's inability to provide food, supplies, and other basic needs. They provide pet food, cat litter, and other basic supplies through their pet food pantry.

They also run wellness clinics and subsidize vet costs on a case-by-case base.

Companion Pets of Cleveland has an urgent need for kibble, treats, and toys for both dogs and cats. Packing supplies are also needed and include one-gallon Ziploc bags, sandwich bags, and paper towels. Monetary donations are also accepted and appreciated.

www.companionpetsofcleveland.com/


July 18 @ Edgewater State Park

Meet 6:00PM - Ride at 7:00PM


After a couple "testing the waters" rides in 2013, Slow Roll Cleveland kicked off in earnest in 2014. The biggest ride that year started in Ohio City and included a memorable stop at Edgewater; the ride was small enough in those days that a frequent component of Monday nights was the inevitable group shot. The group shot from that September ride strained to contain an unthinkably large crowd: more than 40 riders crowded on the stairs leading to the Edgewater Fishing Pier.

Eight years later, Slow Roll has expanded almost exponentially, not an overnight success but the product of a long, carefully nurtured incubation. If we tried to fit the whole crowd from last Monday's ride on that fishing pier, we'd probably sink it.

Eight years later, we return to the shores of Lake Erie to mark our 300th ride as an organization.

We're a vastly different sort of ride these days, but one thing remains the same: we ride on Mondays, the ride starts at 7 PM, and we ask that you keep to the right.

Come join us on Monday, July 18, at 7 PM from Edgewater Park as we celebrate three hundred rides. Tell us in the discussion forums how many Slow Rolls you've participated in!

We thank our long-standing partners at Bike Cleveland and Beat Cycles, and in fact everyone we've worked with over this amazing run. We've been at this a long time but it somehow always still feels like we're starting a new journey, and you're all invited.

July 11 @ Waterloo Arts District

Meet 6:00PM - Ride at 7:00PM


We're back from holiday and ready to roll again. Join us in Cleveland's quirky and historical Waterloo District, a rummage closet of a neighborhood home to some of the city's most eccentric highlights, from industrial artists to used record/furniture stores, from art galleries to the legendary Beachland Ballroom, plus a dizzying selection of public art everywhere, there's always something to see.

We'll meet at the corner of E. 156th Street and Waterloo, with overflow in the parking lot around the corner and behind Waterloo Arts. Please be respectful of local residents and merchants, although it should be noted that Monday nights are extremely quiet in this part of town. Please drop in on our friends at the Millard Fillmore Presidential Library and say howdy. Six Shooter Coffee should also be open until 7 PM and is well worth a visit. Look for our booth at the corner plaza, where we'll be processing registrations and selling t-shirts.

The ride, as always, starts at 7 PM and will run about ten miles. If you've been riding your bike a lot this season, it's about that time that tire wear sometimes starts to add up to an increased number of flat tires, so check on things before you leave the house -- taking extra care to make sure your tires are properly inflated -- so that we can keep delays to a minimum during the ride.

June 27 @ Gunning Park, West Park/Kamm's

Meet 6:00PM - Ride at 7:00PM


For the last ride in June, we travel all the way west to the West Park/Kamm's Corner neighborhood, the westernmost part of Cleveland and a rare visit for Slow Rollers.

We'll kick off the ride at 7 PM at Gunning Park at 16700 Puritas Ave. Gunning is familiar to many westsiders for its recreation center, athletic facilities and public pool, and we'll be meeting near the rec center adjacent to the main parking lot. Look for the Slow Roll booth and banner.

We'll have plenty of Slow Roll t-shirts for sale if you haven't obtained one yet; if you need to register for this season, you can either do it online (including the "join" link at the top of the Slow Roll page on Facebook, or we can guide you through the process in person. You'll only need to do it once and you're set for the whole year.

A big thanks to everyone who came out for our Juneteenth ride this week; it's one of our favorite dates on the schedule and once again it did not disappoint. Just a lovely evening for a bike ride and some local history. Thanks once again to Juneteenth Freedom Rides for the help they provide during these rides.



June 13 @ Voinovich Bicentennial Park

Meet 6:00PM - Ride at 7:00PM


We regroup after an unfortunate cancellation last Monday -- slick streets, high winds and roaming thunderstorms left us feeling a little less safe than we usually like -- and take you back downtown. To the very northernmost part of downtown.

Voinovich Bicentennial Park sits at the end of the E. 9th Street Pier, providing visitors with a perfect vista of our city; past the script Cleveland sign, with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Great Lakes Science Center in the foreground, to the modern skyline rising from the heart of the Rust Belt's historical engine, the North Coast Harbor is somehow both right in the middle of it all and also an obscure and quiet place tucked away from everything else.

We will gather near the Cleveland sign, as a matter of fact; you can enjoy the new lift bridge nearby while you wait for the ride to begin. We roll out at 7 PM, and our booth will be up and open for registration and merch.

Please remember that parking on the pier is paid only. Free parking is available along Erieside heading out toward First Energy Stadium, an easy distance to cover on your bike. The usual variety of transit options are also available downtown.


June 6 @ Midtown - CANCELED RAINED OUT

Meet 6:00PM - Ride at 7:00PM


Midtown is one of Cleveland's smallest neighborhoods, but traditionally one of its most important. When you drive through it, you might not even know it's there, but you're driving through a neighborhood with more than 600 businesses and 18,000 employees, including Pierre's Ice Cream, Dealer Tire and the future home of the Cleveland Foundation. The area's been on something of a comeback arc lately, with new developments visibly rising across the Euclid corridor and more planned.

We've never started a ride in Midtown, but next Monday we'll be changing that. We're starting out our busy June at the corner of E. 71st Street and Euclid Avenue, in the lot next to the building that hosted the Cleveland Walls! festival last fall (many of you may remember our ride-by of a few of those murals during a late-year ride).

The location should be easy to find thanks to the block-long murals painted on both the E. 71st and Euclid sides of the building at 7107 Euclid. Take a minute to admire the work that went into them and the sense of community they were meant to engender.

Our ride begins at 7 pm, but you can arrive by 6:30; our booth will be set up for registration and merch. Just look for the big white canopy and the red Slow Roll banner.

As for parking, the empty parking lot behind the lot we're using as a gathering space should be ok to use. Do not keep valuables in your car, as the lot will be unattended during the ride.


May 23 @ Lincoln Park - Tremont

Meet 6:00PM - Ride at 7:00PM

We're all fired up after our first-ever annual meeting and taco bar (there was a ride, too!) and ready for the first regular Monday night ride of the season.

Join us in familiar Lincoln Park at the heart of Tremont for this evening's 10-mile pedal-powered parade on wheels. We'll gather near the middle of the park beginning at 6:30 PM for a 7PM departure.

If you've ridden with us before, you'll know what to expect. If you're new, just make sure your bike is in road shape before you leave for the ride; pump up the tires, check the brakes, etc. The League of American Bicyclists has guidelines on how to give your bike a quick lookover before a ride:

https://bikeleague.org/content/basic-bike-check

Look for additional updates on the day of the ride if there's any new news to pass along. Parking, if you choose to arrive by car, should be pretty easy: the park is surrounded by free on-street parking spots.

If you haven't signed our waiver yet, you can do that at the ride itself, but you can also do that online, and you'll only need to do it once for the whole season:

https://www.slowrollcleveland.com/join

May 17th @ Forest City

The wait is over. Slow Roll's 2022 season begins...on a Tuesday?!? Yep. The first ride will be a bit of a special one, as we meet up at Forest City Brewery for an abbreviated 6:30 ride, then return to the beer hall for our first ever annual meeting as a full-fledged non-profit organization.

The party will run from 7:30-9:30 pm, and will feature free tacos, with alcoholic (and non-alcoholic) beverages available for purchase from Forest City's bar. We'll be releasing our full 2022 schedule this night in handy pocket-sized form, so you'll want to be there to make sure you get one (ok, we _might_ also release the schedule in digital form in all the usual online places).

We're hoping to get some live entertainment lined up, but we'll also have a raffle, some words from our organizers about our goals and plans for the upcoming season, a Q and A session with members like you, and a chance to socialize off-bike with people you have something in common with. We'll have the big hall this night, and of course the outdoor beer garden will also be available.

We're asking for a $20 donation for this one. We won't turn anyone away, but we hope you'll consider donating (Eventbrite link will be available shortly). The money we raise from the party will help fund our operating costs through the entire 2022 season. As a non-profit, we depend almost entirely on donations from riders, and the sale of merchandise, like t-shirts and stickers. It costs quite a bit to put on a ride like this, from the shirts that your trusty SQUAD wear to the tubes and other supplies we carry with us on rides to lend a hand where needed. This year we'll be expanding our basic setup a bit, which you'll quickly notice when you show up for rides this season. Eventually we hope to add a number of after-ride events, but we also pay for permits just to gather in some places now simply because of the sheer size that our event has grown to.

So please consider helping us out by buying a ticket to this event. Or buy extra and help out others!

Slow Roll the ride, of course, will always remain absolutely free of charge, but we may ask for help from time to time.


2022 Schedule