The Outspoken Cyclist – 9/3/2016

While it all emanates from NE Ohio, the issues our first guest is experiencing are certainly not local! Moving from a more rural area back into one of our most affluent ring suburbs, my friend and colleague Mariann Oftermatt keeps finding herself literally face-to-face with cyclists on a daily basis.

Mariann walks her dogs early in the morning and often walks to the tony Coventry Village neighborhood of shops and restaurants; commuting cyclists – those heading for the universities and hospitals not far from Cleveland Heights – are using the side streets to avoid traffic.

But in the past couple of weeks, the incidence of “near misses” between Mariann, her dogs, and the cyclists has risen to an alarming number.  The cyclists are not stopping at stop signs; they are rolling out of driveways into the path of the sidewalks, and they are taking wide turns onto the streets.

The hope is that the discussion brings both awareness and solutions.

After a break and our news, we head downtown to speak with Mike Mulhall, the VP of development for the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission.

Since its inception in 2000, the GCSC has brought high profile events to Cleveland including the Gay Games, the 2016 world yoyo contest (yep you read that right), the Senior Games, the Transplant games, and a plethora of NCAA events.

This year, the third annual NEO Cycle Festival takes place next weekend, September 9-11th, and is billed as the “the nations’ biggest urban cycling festival” including 6 cycling events, a music fest, beer garden, food trucks (it IS Cleveland after all!), and a hugely popular Night Ride.

If you are in the area – it’s going to be a rocking great time! Join us!