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Bike To School Challenge

The biggest bike-to-school program in the nation!

Century Cyclces Bike To School Challenge 2014

The Century Cycles Bike to School Challenge begins on May 2, 2016, with events in Bay Village, Medina, and Rocky River.

From May 2 through May 20, over 5,000 students at eight schools will take the challenge. Using daily bike counts and surveys to gauge participation, the students are gearing up to compete for prizes and hope to beat last year's impressive records.

Sponsors Raleigh Bicycles (www.raleighamerica.com) and Century Cycles (www.centurycycles.com) will award Raleigh bicycles to students as prizes, along with prizes from other local and national sponsors (see below).

“I have never seen a bike-to-school program that generates the level of participation and excitement that this one does. It is a credit to the tremendous amount of commitment and work by the schools, its local bike shop Century Cycles and the entire community to engage and inspire the students. Raleigh Bicycles is extraordinarily proud to be part of Bike to School Challenge,” said Chris Speyer, Chief Operating Officer of Accell North America (parent company of Raleigh Bicycles).

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Bay Bike To School Challenge

May 2-20 at Bay Bay Middle School - Download printable flyer

  • School Contacts: Lawrence Kuh

  • April 28, 2016, 6:00 - 7:30pm: Bay Village Bicycle Fair at Bay Middle School
  • May 2, 2016: First Bike To School Day and Subway BOGO Day
  • May 4, 2016: National Bike To School Day
  • May 5, 2016: Bike To School Challenge T-Shirt Day
  • May 9, 2016: Subway BOGO Day
  • May 11, 2016: Raleigh Water Bottle Day
  • May 16, 2016: Subway BOGO Day
  • May 18, 2016: Bike Cleveland Day (stickers and buttons)
  • May 19, 2016: Honey Hut Ice Cream Day
  • May 20, 2016: Final Assembly Day and prize drawings at Bay Middle School - Wear your BTS t-shirt

May 9-20 at Westerly Elementary School - Download printable flyer

  • April 28, 2016, 6:00 - 7:30pm: Bay Village Bicycle Fair at Bay Middle School
  • May 9, 2016: First Bike To School Day and Subway BOGO Day
  • May 11, 2016: Raleigh Water Bottle Day
  • May 12, 2016: Bike To School Challenge T-Shirt Day
  • May 16, 2016: Subway BOGO Day
  • May 18, 2016: Bike Cleveland Day (stickers and buttons)
  • May 20, 2016: Honey Hut Ice Cream Day, Final Assembly Day, and prize drawings

  • Be Safe on Your Bicycle - Riding Tips for Students

  • SPONSORS: Century Cycles, Raleigh Bicycles, Subway (Wolf Road in Bay Village), Bike Cleveland, Bay Village Schools, Honey Hut Ice Cream Shoppe, and Project Earth Environmental Club

Medina Bike To School Challenge: May 2-13 at Claggett and A.I. Root Middle Schools and H.G. Blake Elementary School

  • School Contacts: Sherrie Schneider at Claggett Middle School and Melanie Condosta at A.I. Root Middle School
     
  • Dowload printable flyer
     
  • April 27, 2016, 6:30-8:00pm: Medina Bike To School Night at Century Cycles in Medina
  • May 2, 2016: First Bike To School Day and Subway BOGO Day
  • May 3, 2016: Bike Cleveland Day (stickers and buttons)
  • May 4, 2016: National Bike To School Day
  • May 5, 2016: School House Scoops Day
  • May 6, 2016: Domino's Pizza Day
  • May 9, 2016: Subway BOGO Day
  • May 11, 2016: Raleigh Water Bottle Day
  • May 12, 2016: Castle Noel Day
  • May 13, 2016: Final Bike To School Day and Dairy Queen Day
  • May 13, 2016: Final assembly and prize drawings at H.G. Blake Elementary School
  • May 16, 2016: Final assemblies and prize drawings at Clagget and A.I. Root Middle Schools
     
  • Be Safe on Your Bicycle - Riding Tips for Students

  • SPONSORS: Century Cycles, Raleigh Bicycles, Dairy Queen, Subway (986 North Court Street), Bike Cleveland, Domino's, School House Scoops, Castle Noel, Rinky Dink Family Fun Center, Medina City Schools Foundation

Rocky River Bike To School Challenge

May 2-20 at Rocky River Middle School - Download printable flyer

  • School Contact: Wendy Crites
     
  • April 26, 2016, 6:00-7:30pm: Bike To School Challenge Bicycle Fair at Rocky River Middle School
  • May 2, 2016: First Bike To School Day and Subway BOGO Day
  • May 4 ,2016: National Bike To School Day
  • May 5, 2016: Bike To School T-Shirt Day
  • May 9, 2016: Subway BOGO Day
  • May 11, 2016: Raleigh Water Bottle Day
  • May 13, 2016: River Dog Cafe Day
  • May 16, 2016: Subway BOGO Day
  • May 17, 2016: Honey Hut Ice Cream Day
  • May 18, 2016: Bike Cleveland Day (stickers and buttons)
  • May 19, 2016: Whole Foods Day
  • May 20, 2016: Final Bike To School Day, Final Assembly Day and prize drawings - Wear your BTS t-shirt

May 16-20 at Kensington Elementary School - Download printable flyer

  • School Contact: Tim Shreve

  • April 26, 2016, 6:00-7:30pm: Bike To School Challenge Bicycle Fair at Rocky River Middle School
  • May 16, 2016: First Bike To School Day and Subway BOGO Day
  • May 17, 2016: Raleigh Water Bottle Day
  • May 18, 2016: Honey Hut Ice Cream Day
  • May 19, 2016: Whole Foods Day
  • May 20, 2015: River Dog Cafe Day, Final Assembly Day and prize drawings
  • Be Safe on Your Bicycle - Riding Tips for Students

  • SPONSORS: Century Cycles, Raleigh Bicycles, Subway (Detroit Road in Riversquare Plaza), Starbucks Coffee, Honey Hut Ice Cream Shoppe, Whole Foods Market, Rocky River Schools, Bike Cleveland, Rocky River PTA

Have fun on your bicycle and be safe!

Download a flyer with safety and etiquette tips for student bicyclists: .JPG or .PDF format

What People Are Saying About Bike To School Challenge

2012 Rocky River Bike To School Challenge Thank You Letter"Thank you for bringing this to Medina. Both of our kids are riding and loving it more than they would have ever believed! You are making a big difference here!"
-- Medina resident Jill Garr

“Bike To School Challenge is unique and is the best of its kind in the nation. We work with over 1,400 bike stores around the country. I have never seen a bike-to-school program that generates this level of participation and excitement that this one does.”
– Chris Speyer, Executive Vice President of Raleigh Bicycles (a BTS sponsor) and president of the Bicycle Products Suppliers Association

“Your choice to ride your bike to school has made a significant difference in your health, the health of the environment, and the health of our city. For that, we thank you, we admire you, and you are inspiring our entire community.”
– Rocky River Mayor Pam Bobst, addressing Rocky River Middle School students at the school-wide awards assembly

“Kudos to Raleigh Bicycles and local dealer Century Cycles for taking the initiative with the program, and to the myriad volunteers from each school who helped make the program a success. Also, hats off to the legions of students who participated in the challenge and to their parents for their support. As a result of the challenge, the students made a positive difference in the atmosphere, in their parents’ wallets and in their waistlines. It’s a classic example of a win, win situation.”
Editors of the West Shore Sun Newspaper

National Bike To School Day

Full bike racks at Bay Middle SchoolNational Bike To School Day is May 4, 2016, which will coincide with the Century Cycles Bike To School Challenge at some of our participating schools. On National Bike To School Day on May 6, 2015, we counted 580 bikes at Bay Middle School (pictured at left; 73% of the school!), 348 bikes at Rocky River Middle School, 71 bikes at Bay High School, 113 bikes at Root Middle School, 116 bikes at Claggett Middle School, and 176 bike at Blake Elementary School!

WHY Is It Important That Our Children Bike To School?

  • The more they burn, the better they learn: Regular physical activity can help students focus, improve behavior and boost positive attitudes. (Learn more: Burn to Learn)
     
  • Biking to school helps our children concentrate better in class: A Danish study looked at nearly 20,000 Danish kids between the ages of 5 and 10. It found that kids who cycle or walked to school, rather than by car or public transportation, performed measurably better on tasks demanding concentration, and that the effects lasted for up to four hours after they got to school. (Learn more: Atlantic Cities)
     
  • We'd breathe cleaner air: Many schools are in air pollution zones, simply due to idling car and bus traffic. If more students biked to school, the air would be cleaner and peak-hour traffic would be reduced.
     
  • In 1969, over 50% of students biked or walked to school. Today that number is less than 15% (and as little as 5% at some schools), while obesity and diabetes are at epidemic levels for our youth.
     
  • There are countless reasons! For example, 1 pound of CO2 pollution is cut for every mile pedaled, and the rates of depression and heart disease are cut in half for regular bicyclists. (See more reasons: People For Bikes)

A BTS Challenge for Grown-Ups!

Wish you could join the students in a biking challenge? Well, you CAN! Go to www.nationalbikechallenge.org to take the 2016 NATIONAL BIKE CHALLENGE on May 1 through September 30 -- it's free, fun, and for people 18 and over. When you're asked to join a team, you can create your own team OR join the Century Cycles Team!

Our Generous Sponsors

Program-wide sponsors are Century Cycles, Raleigh Bicycles, and Bike Cleveland.

Additional sponsors of the Bay Bike To School Challenge are: Subway of Wolf Road in Bay Village, Honey Hut Ice Cream Shoppe, Bay Village Schools, Project Earth Environmental Club.

Additional sponsors of the Medina Bike To School Challenge are: Subway of North Court Street in Medina, School House Scoops,Dairy Queen, Castle Noel, Domino's Pizza, Rinky Dink Family Fun Center, Mellion Orthodontics, Medina City Schools Foundation

Additional sponsors of the Rocky River Bike To School Challenge are: Subway in the Rivesquare plaza on Detroit Road in Rocky River,Starbucks Coffee, Honey Hut Ice Cream Shoppe, Whole Foods Market, River Dog Cafe, Rocky River PTA

Event Photos

BTS T-Shirt Design Contest Winners

Each year of the Bike To School Challenge, the students have held a design contest, with the winning designs used for the official t-shirts of the event.

Bay Village
Bay Bike To School Challenge T-shirt 2016 Winner

Medina
Medina Bike To School Challenge T-shirt 2016 Winner

Rocky River
Rocky River Bike To School Challenge T-shirt 2016 Winner

Click here to see the winners of previous years' design contests.

Media Contact

Scott Cowan, Owner, Century Cycles
Phone: 440-356-5705 (office); 330-730-9928 (mobile)
Email: scott@centurycycles.com

Press Coverage of Bike To School Challenge

Bike To School Challenge's Origins

The Bike To School idea started at Bay High School in 2007 when a group of students organized their own "car boycott" to protest high gasoline prices. In 2008, Century Cycles and other sponsors helped turn the event into a month-long contest, inspiring many school faculty and staff, in addition to students, to participate.

Building on the success of Bay High Bike to School Month in 2008, the program continued in 2009 and 2010 as the Bay Bike to School Challenge Sponsored by Century Cycles and Chipotle, expanded to include both Bay High School and Bay Middle School. The event also included a Bicycle Safety Fair that was open to all members of the community.

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