Schedule 2022

Sept 19th @ Public Square - Downtown

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


It's been such an action-packed year already, it's almost hard to believe we still have 1/4th of it left to go! Help us kick off the final five-week stretch of the 2022 season this Monday in downtown Cleveland's historic Public Square.

Most Clevelanders are familiar with Public Square, so we'll spare you the details about this great public space, but if you've ever attended a Critical Mass ride on the last Friday of each month, you'll be familiar with the area. We'll be starting our ride from the other side of the square, on the north lawn area bordering Rockwell Avenue. As usual, we'll be setting up shop around 6 PM for a 7 PM start.

Parking in the area can be tricky; however, there are a considerable variety of paid lots and garages in the area, and street parking can be found a few short blocks away. Arrival via public transit is another great option, and even better: you can simply ride your bike here if you're close enough.

We were delighted to see your bikes all lit up last week, and we're hoping to see more of it as the weeks go by. Think how it must look to people watching hundreds of brightly lit bikes roll past them; it's just another way we bridge communities and keep it positive here at Slow Roll.

Sept 19th @ Shaker Square

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


Coming off a ride in Old Brooklyn that honestly felt quite special, we're hoping to repeat the magic next Monday on the other side of town. Let's meet up Monday after 6 PM for a 7 PM ride from Shaker Square.

We'll be in one of the greenspaces inside the square itself, so it shouldn't be hard to notice hundreds of people and bikes as you make your way around the octagon-shaped district -- the oldest shopping district in Ohio and one of the oldest outdoor malls in America. Find a spot at one of the public parking areas (we'll send out a separate posting with a map to public parking areas around the Square before the ride) and come meet us!

This week we're proud to partner with Saint Luke's Foundation. The Saint Luke's Foundation has been serving the Buckeye-Shaker community for decades, first as the historic Saint Luke's Medical Center on Shaker Boulevard, later as its own foundation, dedicated to achieving "health equity by addressing social determinants of health for people in neighborhoods surrounding Saint Luke’s and throughout Cuyahoga County."

On Monday, we'll join forces and help the Foundation celebrate its 25th Anniversary! Residents of Buckeye-Shaker, Woodland Hills and Mt. Pleasant can stop by the Ohio City Bike Co-op table before the ride and receive a free bike rental (ID must be presented to receive free rental) so they can participate in our roll. OCBC will also provide helmets for riders who take advantage of the free rentals.

The free rentals will be issued on a first come, first served basis.

Reminder once again that it's Dark Time O'Clock on our rides, and the end of them will be very much not sunny. So please make sure you have front and rear lights on your ride. Also, consider decorating your bike; we're moving later and later in the year and soon enough you'll want to start thinking about our Halloween ride, so why not get a head start?

Sept 12th @ Loew Park - Old Brooklyn

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


We're appreciative of the folks who showed up at the tail end of a drizzly Labor Day weekend on Monday for a somewhat damp ride in Ohio City; although the smallest ride by numbers this year, it was by all accounts a fun and relaxing way to end a long weekend for everyone who participated.

We'll try the rain roulette wheel again next Monday in Old Brooklyn's Loew Park, a sparkling expanse of green in one of Cleveland's southernmost neighborhoods. We're ok riding in light rain, but thunderstorm warnings will generally prompt cancellations, so watch for our updates here and on Twitter and Instagram. Join us after 6 PM for a 7 PM ride and let's stay optimistic about getting the rest of our schedule on without incident.

Also: let's light up those bikes! If you haven't noticed by now, it's DARK at the end of our rides. Now's a great time to look into creatively lighting your bike, but at the very least let's make sure you have a front headlight and rear (red) light to keep you as safe as possible.




Sept 5th @ Frank Novak Park

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


Let's try this again...

Our next ride is a late addition to the schedule, and a makeup date for the ride we postponed two weeks ago. We're back in the heart of Ohio City next Monday, riding from Frank Novak Park, a tidy, shady triangle bordered by Bridge Avenue, Fulton Road and W. 38th Street and containing within its footprint a large branch of the Cleveland Public Library, so if you have any overdue books to return, be sure to bring them with you next week.

The park's origins are a little unclear, but we suspect the titular "Frank Novak" refers to the late, great polka populist and hometown boy who gained fame in the 50s, 60s and 70s for broadening the appeal of Slovenian-style Cleveland polka outside of our city limits. Take a moment while you're here to tune your inner accordion.

The ride will start at 7 PM, and we will be set up by 6 PM or so with registration and t-shirts, so drop by if you're on the early side. The park is surrounded by on-street parking and nearby Lorain also does not lack in this area, so don't concern yourself overly much with getting a prime parking space. Bus lines run all over this area, and it's not too far from the RTA's West 25th Red Line station.

A note about weather:

Last August (and most Augusts since we've been putting this ride on) we enjoyed sunny, warm evenings with little threat of rain. This year, obviously, things are a little different. A persistently capricious and troublesome weather pattern has settled in this month and has pointed its shotgun directly at Monday nights more often than not. This has resulted now in one postponement (for a night that ended up being perfectly fine) and two rides that we went ahead with that ended up being a soggy race to the finish line at the end.

In each case we used the best information available to ourselves at the onset of each ride. We trusted that information and proceeded accordingly, with contingency plans, which are just a part of putting on Slow Rolls for all these years. It wasn't until our mid-ride regroup that we learned a severe weather system was moving toward us much more quickly than anyone anticipated and that we would likely get wet again. So we headed for home at that point along lightly trafficked streets, for the most part.

The point here is that when we make these decisions, we're making the best calls we can make with the information at hand. We don't have a special line to Weather HQ here at Slow Roll; we rely on the same sources you do when you decided whether to grab your bike and join us.

That's all a roundabout way of saying: please feel free to check the weather for the night's ride before you head out to it. If we're saying we're comfortable riding in it, you still might not be ok with it, and that's ok with us. Sometimes we will push forward even with the little bit of extra excitement just because it's fun; this might be information you should take into account when bringing your little ones, or your pets, or deciding what clothes to wear or items to pack.

We'll always do our best to steer you right and keep you safe. But sometimes you have to rely on your own instincts. We support you either way and will continue to serve you as Slow Roll Cleveland SQUAD.



Aug 29th @ E 55th St Marina

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


One advantage of a rainout: you get an extra week of Slow Roll when we reschedule the ride! So when you show up at the East 55th Street Marina for week 13 of our free and inclusive bike rides, just now that you're getting more bike rides and fewer weeks off the rest of the way.

In any case, we have to get to week 13 before we can get to 14, so come join us out by the lake for this one. We gather at 6 pm and we depart at 7 pm, as usual. Given the wild unpredictability of this summer's weather patterns in the northeast part of Ohio, we can't promise anything except that we will continue to err on the side of your safety. But it sure would be nice to get a few more pleasant evenings under our belts while we still have the daylight.

Speaking of which, our rides are definitely getting darker. Please light yourself and your bike appropriately; front and back lights are required after dark under Ohio vehicular code, even (and especially) for bikes. And a well-lit bike just looks pretty cool, especially when there are hundreds of them.

The E. 55th Marina has a fairly large parking lot, but is also easily accessible by bike from downtown or the east side, or public transit lines on nearby St. Clair and E. 55th Street.


Aug 22th @ OHIO City

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


We're heading back to Ohio City and the West Side for our next ride, with the 12th ride on our 2022 calendar of free, inclusive bike rides starting and ending in the shady confines of Frank Novak Park.

The park, a triangle containing The Carnegie West Branch of the Cleveland Public Library, is bounded by Fulton Road, Bridge Avenue and W. 38th Street. You'll find us on the Fulton side after 6 PM, with the ride set to roll at 7.

It is getting darker earlier now, so please stay lit and stay alive. Well lit bikes are not only safe, they're also stylish, and as we get further into the year our transformation into a glowing bike parade becomes part of the annual Slow Roll tradition. (It's also the law: you must have a front headlight and at least a rear reflector).

Parking for Monday is mostly available on the the streets bounding the park, with additional spots throughout the surrounding neighborhoods. Please be respectful of our neighbors!

You can also easily take public transit to the ride, with the RTA W. 25th station just a few blocks away.


Aug 15th @ Toby's Plaza - University Cir

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


We came, we rode, we got wet. One week after the wettest, wildest ride we've ever experienced, we're ready to do it all over again -- minus the "wet" part.

Note: we will err EXTREMELY on the side of caution for this one. So you won't need a squeegee; just bring yourself and bike to Toby's Plaza, next to the Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art in University Circle. You might know Toby's Plaza as "that place with a funny name and the big hand sculpture," or "that public space next to the big mirrored pyramid building," or maybe you just remember that there's a Bibibop and a Mitchell's nearby. Whatever the case, show up anytime after 6 PM for a 7 PM ride as we dry off from last Monday's literal flood.

Our weather patterns have certainly been chaotic this year, but had mostly spared us until last week. We can't do anything about that, but we can point out that we noticed a lot of you riding without lights last Monday. Yep, it's that time of year again: we're starting to get dark in the latter half of our rides, so you're going to want to light up your bikes and light your mounts front and rear for the best visibility possible. We will usually have a very limited number of free bike lights available to give away to riders without them, so ask us if we have any to share when you see us next Monday.

Parking is available all around the area, most of it paid, but the area is very well served by public transportation, with multiple bus lines converging on the Mayfield/Euclid intersection and the RTA Little Italy - University Circle station just up the street. See less


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