Bicycle Safety Fair – May 9, 2015

Gemini Brochure AdThe Fairview Park Safe Routes to School Committee hosted the Fairview Park Bicycle Safety Fair on Saturday, May 9, 2015, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at Gilles-Sweet Elementary School.

Residents, families, and community members of all ages were invited to attend, get their bicycles inspected at no cost for safety, learn how to ride safely and properly fit a bike helmet, register their bicycles, and more. The event was free and featured a number of community vendors who offered bike safety tips, tricks, and resources. Vendors included the Cleveland Clinic, Fairview Cycle, Gilles Sweet PTA, Bike Cleveland, AAA East Central, and the City of Fairview Park’s Police, Fire, and Recreation Departments.

Children received a free bicycle helmet of the appropriate size after being properly fit by experienced volunteers. The Safe Routes Committee received 96 helmets of varying sizes through a grant from the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. The helmets were distributed as part of the AAP’s 2015 Put A Lid On It Bike Helmet Safety Awareness Program.

Gilles-Sweet Student Safety Patrol

On February 27, 2015, 14 fourth and fifth graders were sworn in by Police Chief Erich Upperman as the inaugural class of Gilles-Sweet Elementary School’s new Student Safety Patrol. A safety patrol operated for many years at the original Gilles-Sweet School. The creation of a School Safety Patrol was identified as a priority item in the Fairview Park School Travel Plan. Supplies and equipment for the program were purchased using Safe Routes to School grant funds awarded to the Fairview Park community in 2014. 

School Safety Patrol programs play an important role in helping young pedestrians learn and fulfill responsibilities regarding traffic safety. Millions of U.S. boys and girls have honorably served their classmates since the AAA School Safety Patrol program began in the early 1920s, and interest in the program has spread around the world. At least 30 other countries have emulated the program.

Special thanks to Mr. Steve Ruic, teacher at Gilles-Sweet School, for serving as program adviser, and to Mrs. Lori Cook of AAA East Central for providing our students with safety patrol training.

Walk to School Day – October 8, 2014

The Fairview Park Safe Routes to School Committee hosted a Walk to School Day event on Wednesday, October 8, 2014, for the students at Gilles-Sweet Elementary School. Over 200 Gilles-Sweet students, along with parents, older students, and the Fairview High School marching band, met at Fairview Shopping Centre and walked together to school. 

Thanks to all the volunteers and organizations who made Walk to School Day a success: the Fairview High marching band for performing, the Fairview Park Police Department for security, Lamar Companies for use of their property, and Giant Eagle for equipment. Thank you also to those companies who donated prizes and others materials: Cleveland Clinic, Fleet Feet Sports, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Crocker Park, the National Center for Safe Routes to School, and Safe Kids Greater Cleveland.

Walk to School Day was founded in the United States in 1997 to promote and celebrate walkable communities and healthy habits among students.

Bike to School Day 2014 – May 7, 20, 2014

The Fairview Park Safe Routes to School Committee hosted a Bike to School Day event in May of 2014 for the students at Gilles-Sweet Elementary School. Students participated in an assembly about safe bike riding and then practiced those skills in a bike parade through the streets of Fairview Park. Approximately 58% of the student body participated in the bike parade!

Thank you to all our community partners, event sponsors, the Cleveland Gladiators, and special guest emcee Andre Knott from WTAM 1100 Cleveland. Bike to School Day would not have been a success without your support.

Bike to School Day was founded in 2012 as a way to build awareness for communities to be more walkable and bikable, and emphasize the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, reducing traffic congestion, and concern for the environment.

Bike Fix-A-Thon – May 2-3, 2014

Fairview Cycle conducted a two-day Bike Fix-A-Thon for all Fairview Park residents. Free safety inspections were performed on bikes to ensure they were safe and reliable for Bike to School Day and the summer biking season. Simple repairs were done on-site while advisement was offered for any large, substantial repairs that were needed. Approximately 200 bike inspections were performed.