We can customize a tour of any length, with or without bike rentals; or present a private version of any of our 2-hour, Social ride sightseeing tours of Downtown Cleveland. Guide fees are generally $100/hr for a League Certified Instructor to lead up to 20 riders. Please email or call for more details.
Group bike rentals
We rent basic bikes for groups of 5 or more, who can provide their members’ sizes and damage deposits in advance, and pay the rental fee in one payment at the time of the rental (payment and any damage fees can be invoiced together after the rental for corporate groups). Group rates are $10/half day or $20/day. Delivery is available for up to 50 bikes for $50 per trip anywhere in Cuyahoga County, and beyond for $1/mile additional.
Pre-ride safety briefings
For bicycling events held on open roads, as most are, it is important for the safety of the riders — and the liability of the organizers — that participants understand their rights and responsibilities toward other cyclists and traffic, and take responsibility for the mechanical safety of their bikes. OCBC has extensive experience providing this information in a fun and engaging way. These short talks are very much part of our mission, so our fee is minimal, based on travel distance to the event. Safety talks should be scheduled early in the year, and require a PA system for greater than 50 riders, or enough time to schedule a series of smaller groups.
Assemblies and other large-group presentations
Presentations to large groups address topics of specific interest to each group, so must be scheduled at least one month in advance. A computer projector and screen are usually needed, and a PA system for outdoor groups larger than 75 is required. Our fee for this program is $200 for up to two hours, with scholarships available for qualifying groups. Standard school assemblies usually address K – 3rd, 4 – 6th, and 7 – 8th separately.
We are often asked to present bike safety education as part of a larger program, such as Active Living by Design, Safe Routes To Schools, or Bicycle Friendly Communities. A good example of this is the Steps to a Healthier Cleveland program, which we presented in 2005-06 to fourth grade students in ten Cleveland schools, and continued under the Cleveland Safe Routes to Schools program, Bike Cleveland’s Central on Bikes program, and many other initiatives.
In designing the Steps Bicycle Ed program, we were challenged to leave the most meaningful impression on the greatest number of students in the shortest amount of time, so this program is presented in a series of only three visits: an assembly, an in-class lesson, and an on-bike skills drills in the school parking lot. In this setting it was also important for what we taught to relate to standard curriculum, so we customized the program to do that.
Other examples of customized short programs we have designed and presented are large-group safety orientation for charity rides, volunteer training for a community free-bike project, and workplace wellness programs on bike commuting.
We also provide consulting services on safety, mapping, and logistics to organizations presenting bike rides or other events.
Training for staff and volunteers
We are not going to teach every bike education presentation in the Cleveland area — there are already more events than we can attend — so our ultimate goal is to “train the trainers.” We can schedule special presentations at OCBC or at other groups’ locations; or offer special group rates for our regular classes. If your organization would like more extensive training for staff and/or volunteers to present ongoing bike education programs, please see our Partner organization training services page.
We can usually adapt any of our programs to your needs: please call Jim at (216) 830-2667 for more details, or email Education@OhioCityCycles.org
Phone: 216 830 2667
1840 Columbus Road • Cleveland, Ohio 44113