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Press Release: April 20, 2011 - Bay Village Bicycle Safety Fair

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Bay Village Bicycle Safety Fair on May 5 will help residents get ready
to bike more to school, work or just for fun

BAY VILLAGE, Ohio (April 20, 2011) - Get your bicycle ready to roll at the Bay Village Bicycle Safety Fair on May 5 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Bay Middle School (27725 Wolf Road in Bay Village OH 44140). Residents are invited to bring their bicycles for a free safety inspection and have the chance to win a bicycle helmet, get a free bike license and learn about the benefits of bicycling as well as the Bay Bike To School Challenge. It is free and open to the public.

The Bay Village Bicycle Safety Fair is part of the Bay Bike To School Challenge sponsored by Century Cycles and Chipotle on May 9-27, which strives to inspire over 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:

  • Professional bicycle mechanics from Century Cycles bicycle store in Rocky River will provide free bicycle safety inspections and display essential bicycle commuting accessories.
  • 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 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. Now in its fourth year, the program has had a big impact. Bay students have biked 80,052 miles during the challenge's three years, saving an estimated 82,352 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions.

Its influence is spreading beyond the school system: In 2010, 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, and it has inspired a Bike To School program in Oklahoma. Rocky River Middle School has been inspired by their neighbors to the west - they organized the first Rocky River Bike To School Challenge this year, also scheduled for May 9-27.

The sponsors who team up with Bay Middle School (BMS) and Bay High School (BHS) on the program are Century Cycles, Chipotle, Raleigh Bicycles, Honey Hut, Bay Lanes, 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 www.centurycycles.com/to/bts or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BayBikeToSchoolChallenge.

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. Newsweek ranked Bay High School in the top 5% of high schools in the nation and it was named a National Blue Ribbon School in 2010 by the U.S. Department of Education. www.bayvillageschools.com

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
ewhist@leeca.org

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
lkuh@leeca.org

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.

For nine consecutive years, Century Cycles has been voted a Top 100 Bike Retailer in the United States by Bicycle Retailer & Industry News magazine, a trade publication that honors the top 2% of the nation's independent bike stores. In 2010, Century Cycles was voted "Cleveland's Best Bike Shop" by the readers of Cleveland Magazine. www.centurycycles.com

Scott Cowan, Owner
Phone: 440-356-5705
scott@centurycycles.com

Media Contact

Tracey Bradnan, Century Cycles
Cell: 440-781-7690
Email: tracey@centurycycles.com

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