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.