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Event Notice: April 15, 2010

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Bay Village Bicycle Safety Fair on April 29 will help residents
get ready to bike more to school, work or just for fun

BAY VILLAGE, Ohio (April 15, 2010) - The Bay Village Bicycle Safety Fair will be held on April 29 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Bay Middle School (27725 Wolf Road in Bay Village OH 44140). At the fair, attendees can get ready for Bay Bike to School Challenge (or simply bicycling more to errands, work or just for fun) by bringing their bicycle for a free safety inspection, winning a bicycle helmet, getting a free bike license and learning about the benefits of bicycling. It is free and open to the public.

The Bicycle Safety Fair is part of the Bay Bike To School Challenge sponsored by Century Cycles and Chipotle on May 3 - 21, which strives to inspire 1,600 middle and high school students in Bay Village to ride their bikes to school as much as possible during three weeks each spring, to help the environment and improve their health.

At the Bay Village Bicycle Safety Fair:


  • Century Cycles mechanics will provide free bicycle safety inspections and a display of bicycle commuting accessories. 
  • Ray's Indoor Mountain Bike Park is giving away 20 bicycle helmets to the first 20 families who attend (limit: one helmet per family).
  • Bay Bike to School Challenge organizers will register students and answer questions about the program. 
  • The Bay Village Police Department is raffling off four bicycles at 8pm and providing free bike licenses.
  • Other information booths include Project Earth Environmental Club, Bay Skate and Bike Park Foundation, Bay Village Green Team and Earth Day Coalition.


Bay Bike to School Challenge shows students, their parents and the community as a whole that going by bike is a great way to go, especially for short trips around town. Its influence is spreading beyond the school system: In March, Bay Bike to School Challenge was awarded "Project of the Year" by the Bay Village Community Council, in recognition of the positive impact it has had on the city and its citizens.

The sponsors who team up with Bay Middle School (BMS) and Bay High School (BHS) on the program are Century Cycles bicycle store in Rocky River, Chipotle, Bay Village Kiwanis, Bay Schools Parent Teacher Student Association, Project Earth Environmental Club and the Bay Skate and Bike Park Foundation.

For regular updates about Bay Bike to School Challenge, go to the event's Facebook page at or visit

Event Organizers

ABOUT BAY SCHOOLS: The schools in Bay Village, Ohio, are award-winning and consistently earn the state's highest ratings for student achievement. Bay High School was recently named one of the Top 500 high schools in the U.S. by U.S. News and World Report. Newsweek ranked it in the top 5% of high schools in the nation.

Bay Middle School: 27725 Wolf Road, Bay Village, Ohio 44140

Bay High School: 29230 Wolf Road, Bay Village, Ohio 44140

ABOUT PROJECT EARTH ENVIRONMENTAL CLUB: Project Earth is committed to learning about their environment and how they can improve it at school, at home, and in the community. They hope that by educating themselves, they can educate others on how to preserve earth's resources for a better future. Project Earth volunteers helps organize and coordinate the day-to-day administration of Bay Bike To School Challenge at BHS with their faculty adviser, Ms. Eryn Whistler.

Eryn Whistler
Teacher, Bay High School/Adviser, Project Earth Environmental Club
Phone: 440-617-7518

At Bay Middle School, volunteers from Bay Skate and Bike Park Foundation help organize and coordinate day-to-day administration of Bay Bike to School Challenge with their adviser, Lawrence Kuh, and assistance from BMS PTSA.

Lawrence Kuh
Teacher, Bay Middle School/Executive Director, Bay Skate and Bike Park Foundation
Phone: 440-617-7668

ABOUT CENTURY CYCLES: Founded in 1992, Century Cycles is an award-winning, locally-owned chain of independent bicycle stores in Medina, Peninsula, and Rocky River, providing high-quality bicycles and friendly, expert service to northeast Ohio bicyclists and their families. Century Cycles is an authorized dealer of Raleigh, Giant, Diamondback, Electra, Surly, Masi, Bianchi, and Haro bicycles, as well as Santana tandems. The Peninsula store also rents bicycles year-round for use on the Towpath Trail in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

For eight consecutive years, Century Cycles has been voted one of the top 100 bicycle retailers in the United States by Bicycle Retailer & Industry News magazine. In 2009, Century Cycles was awarded Bike Shop of the Year by the League of American Bicyclists, one of only eight bicycle shops honored in the United States.

Scott Cowan, Owner
Phone: 440-356-5705

ABOUT CHIPOTLE: Chipotle Mexican Grill offers a focused menu of burritos, tacos, burrito bowls (a burrito without the tortilla) and salads made from fresh, high-quality raw ingredients, prepared using classic cooking methods and served in a distinctive atmosphere. Through our vision of Food with Integrity, Chipotle is seeking better food not only from using fresh ingredients, but ingredients that are sustainably grown and naturally raised with respect for the animals, the land, and the farmers who produce the food. Chipotle opened its first restaurant in 1993 and currently operates more than 800 restaurants.


Media Contact:

Tracey Bradnan, Cartwheel Communications
Cell: 440-781-7690
Twitter: @traceybradnan

High-res photos from previous Bay Bike to School Challenges available as JPGs via email upon request.