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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 5, 2014, with events in Bay Village, Medina, and Rocky River.

From May 5 through May 23, over 4,000 students at six 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 5-23 at Bay Middle School

May 19-23 at Bay High School and Westerly Elementary School

Medina Bike To School Challenge: May 5-16 at Claggett and Root Middle Schools

Rocky River Bike To School Challenge: May 5-23 at Rocky River Middle School

Have fun on your bicycle and be safe!

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

Bike To School Challenge on WEWS News Channel 5 - May 6, 2013

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

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 2014 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 search for "Century Cycles" and join with us!

Our Generous Sponsors

Joining Century Cycles and Raleigh Bicycles as Bike To School event sponsors are Subway of Rocky River (Detroit Road), Subway of Bay Village (Wolf Road), Honey Hut Ice Cream Shoppe, Arby's, Dairy Queen, Domino's Pizza, Starbucks, Yogurt Plus, Bay Schools Parent Teacher Student Association, Bay Village Kiwanis, Project Earth Environmental Club, Bay Skate and Bike Park Foundation, Rocky River Middle School PTA.

Press Releases/Event Notices

  • May 2, 2014 - Bike To School Challenge begins next week; over 4,000 students in Bay Village, Medina and Rocky River schools take part in largest youth cycling event in the U.S.
  • April 18, 2014 - Bay Village Bicycle Fair on May 1
  • April 18, 2014 - Rocky River Bicycle Fair on April 29
  • April 18, 2014 - Medina Bike To School Night at Century Cycles on April 29

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 2014 Winner

Medina
Medina Bike To School Challenge T-shirt 2014 Winner

Rocky River
Rocky River Bike To School Challenge T-shirt 2014 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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