For Immediate Release
March 12, 2007
Century Cycles announces the 2007 schedule of Night Rides on the Towpath Trail
Peninsula, OH – The Towpath Trail in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park is a favorite riding route for northern Ohio bicyclists, but did you know some of the path’s best riding is at night? For 12 years, Century Cycles has been organizing Night Rides on the Towpath Trail – a free nighttime ride open to all skill levels – that helps area’s cyclists experience a new way to enjoy a familiar ride.
In 2007, Century Cycles’ Night Rides on the Towpath Trail are scheduled for:
Saturday, April 28
Friday, May 18
Friday, June 8
Saturday, June 30
Friday, July 13
Saturday, July 28
Saturday, August 11
Friday, August 31
Saturday, September 22
Saturday, October 13
All rides are at 8:00 p.m. The group gathers at Century Cycles' Peninsula store (1621 Main Street, on Route 303 between Route 8 and I-271, next to the Winking Lizard Tavern). Parking is available at the Lock 29 Trailhead, just north of the store.
Rides are usually one-and-a-half to two hours long, depending on how far the group decides to ride, and are staffed and supported by Century Cycles' employees. Helmets and bike lights are required. Children 15 years old and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
For more information about Night Rides on the Towpath Trail, or to confirm if a ride is still on if the weather is questionable, call Century Cycles in Peninsula at 330-657-2209.
"For 12 years, we’ve been organizing Night Rides on the Towpath Trail and we added more nights to the 2007 schedule because of its growing popularity," says Scott Cowan, owner of Century Cycles. "It’s a thrill to help people discover the joys of riding a bicycle at night, especially along this particular trail. I’ve personally biked more Night Rides than I can count and I recommend folks plan to arrive early – to have plenty of time to get ready for the ride – and plan to leave late, since the group usually ends up at the Winking Lizard after the ride, trading stories of past cycling adventures."
Whether you join Century Cycles' Night Rides on the Towpath or just decide to ride around your neighborhood one evening, the following tips for riding a bicycle at night will make for a safe, fun ride:
- Use flashing front and rear lights. While a good handlebar-mounted light will help you see what's around you, flashing lights will help you be seen by others.
- Charge batteries fully. Most lights have run times of more than an hour, but make sure your batteries are topped off before heading out.
- Try a familiar ride. For your first night ride, go to a road or a trail you ride regularly. Better yet, ride along with a group, such as with Century Cycles' Night Rides on the Towpath. It will make the ride less daunting and you'll be amazed how different the experience is. Even ho-hum rides become exciting and new.
- Stop and listen. Forests are alive at night with nocturnal creatures you'll never see on most rides. Stop, shut off your lights and look around for signs of forest nightlife.
Century Cycles is an award-winning chain of independent bicycle stores that is celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2007. It has locations in Medina, Peninsula, and Rocky River. In addition to catering to cyclists and their families with high-quality bicycles and exemplary service, Century Cycles is active locally and nationally in support of bicycling paths and other issues of vital importance to the cycling community.