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Press Release: April 16, 2013


Tracey Bradnan, 440-781-7690 or


Northeast Ohio bicycle fairs will help residents get ready to ride to
school, work or just for fun

Century Cycles Bike to School Challenge begins May 6 in Bay Village,
Rocky River, and Medina

ROCKY RIVER, Ohio – Get your bicycle ready to roll at a local bicycle fair, where everyone is invited to bring their bicycles for a free safety inspection, plus have the chance to win a bicycle helmet, get a free bike license, learn about the benefits of bicycling, and prepare for Bike to School Challenge and National Bike Month in May. It is free and open to the public. The fair dates, times and locations are:

Medina Bicycle Fair: Tuesday, April 30, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Claggett Middle School (420 East Union Street in Medina OH 44256).

Bay Village Bicycle Fair: Wednesday, May 1 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Bay Middle School (27725 Wolf Road in Bay Village OH 44140).

Rocky River Bicycle Fair: Thursday, May 2, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Rocky River Middle School (1631 Lakeview in Rocky River OH 44116).

The bicycle fairs also help families prepare for Century Cycles’ Bike to School Challenge on May 6-24, 2013, which is the largest and most successful student bicycling program in the United States, inspiring more than 4,000 middle school and high school students in Bay Village, Rocky River, and Medina to ride their bikes to school as much as possible for three weeks each May -- to help the environment, improve their health, win prizes and have fun.

During last year’s Bike to School Challenge, Northeast Ohio students took 15,868 roundtrip bicycle rides to school. The numbers are staggering: In just three weeks, they biked 52,084 miles, prevented 57,292 pounds of carbon dioxide from being emitted, saved Mom and Dad $8,718.75 on gasoline expenditures, and burned a whopping 885,428 calories.

At the fairs:

  • Professional bicycle mechanics from Century Cycles bicycle store in Rocky River will provide free bicycle safety inspections, display essential bicycle commuting accessories and information, and make smoothies on the Century Cycles blender bike.
  • Century Cycles and Raleigh Bicycles are teaming up to give away 20 bicycle helmets to the first 20 families who attend (limit: one helmet per family).
  • Bay Bike to School Challenge organizers will be available to answer questions about the program.
  • The Bay Village Police Department is providing free bike licenses.
  • Other information booths include Bike Cleveland, University Hospitals, Bay Village Green Team, Project Earth Environmental Club, and Bay Skate and Bike Park Foundation.

Century Cycles teams up with the schools to organize and implement Bike to School Challenge each May, with the generous support of sponsors Raleigh Bicycles, Bike Cleveland, Subway, Honey Hut, Rize Pizzeria, Dairy Queen, Bay Lanes, Bay Village Kiwanis, Bay Schools Parent Teacher Student Association, Rocky River PTAs, Project Earth Environmental Club, and the Bay Skate and Bike Park Foundation.

For regular updates about Bay Bike to School Challenge, go to, on Facebook at, and on Twitter at @BTSChallenge.

About Century Cycles

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

Media Contact

Tracey Bradnan, Century Cycles
Cell: 440-781-7690

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