Celebrate Midsummer With a Nighttime Bike Ride

Fri 6/21 @ 8-10PM

Sat 6/22 @ 7-10PM

The popular song “Music of the Night” from Phantom of the Opera says, “Nighttime sharpens, heightens each sensation/Darkness stirs and wakes imagination.”

So just think what an experience a nighttime bike ride might be! There are two you can sign up for this weekend.

The Geauga Park District’s Music of the Night Bike Ride on Fri 6/2 takes off from Headwaters Park and goes along the Maple Highlands Trail, where a naturalist will piint out the sounds of animals and bird to listen for. They’ll even be bringing along an electronic bat detector to amplify the echo-location signals sent out by insect-hunting bats.

The ride is six miles round trip with stops along the way. A bike or helmet light (or both) is recommended. It’s free and no registration is required, but you can call 440-286-9516 with questions, including whether it’s canceled in event of heavy rain.


On Sat 6/22, Century Cycles in Peninsula is the starting point for the Pajama Party Night Ride, open to all skill levels and ages. Put on your PJs and come to the shop at 7pm to make smoothies and sign up. Then at 8pm everyone rolls out for the ride.

This is a 14-mile out-and-back round trip ride on the towpath in Cuyahoga Valley National Park but you’re welcome to turn around sooner for a shorter ride. But you might want to stick it out: at the seven-mile Botzum Trailhead turning point, there’ll be a rest stop for snacks.

You must have a helmet and light, and under 16 must be accompanied by a adult. Ride at your own pace. This ride is also free with no pre-registration required. Again, call the shop at 330-657-2209 if the weather is looking dubious.




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