The city of Solon recently received a grant from the Rotary Club of Solon to fund the Solon Spins project, which aims to provide all residents, regardless of age or affordability, the opportunity to bike.

“Bicycling has both physical and mental benefits and we want as many of our residents as possible to be able to enjoy a bike ride in our beautiful city,” said Mayor Eddy Kraus in a news release. “With this grant, we will be able to provide our citizens the opportunity to affordably borrow a bicycle that meets their needs.”

The city will use the $7,000 grant to purchase bicycles that residents can borrow through the Solon Community Center and Solon Senior Center at a nominal fee. The age-friendly bicycles to be purchased include an adult tricycle, a child tricycle, a recumbent bike, a step-through bike, a bicycle with training wheels and children’s bikes in 16-inch, 20-inch and 24-inch. Three standard, hybrid bicycles will also be purchased, along with bicycle helmets and baskets and bags for transporting items via the borrowed bicycle. Through the grant, the city will also purchase a storage shed to store the bicycles and equipment.

“The Silver Spokes brought to light the joy that can be felt by opening up the opportunity to bicycle for those who otherwise would not be able to due to mobility, cost or storage issues,” Jill Frankel, director of senior services for the city, said in the release. “Although Solon is not as walkable for older persons as we would like yet, they will now have the ability to use age-friendly bicycles and ride around town.”

The Solon Spins project will also focus on bicycle education, including safety, physical and mental benefits and fit. The first educational session, Silver Spokes, was provided by Bike Cleveland on July 12. Silver Spokes is a cycling expo for older adults that provides cycling sessions, different bike options and education, and road safety information. The Solon Police Department and Solon Bicycle will offer an ongoing bicycle education program as well.

“We want our residents to enjoy biking our city, but we also want everyone to be safe while doing so, so we really encourage everyone to take advantage of the bike safety education that Solon Spins and the Solon PD is offering,” Kraus said in the release.

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