In case you haven’t heard, Old Brooklyn Pedal for Prizes is back this year!
The event takes place Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Estabrook Recreation Center, so please save the date. You’re not going to want to miss this!
Stay tuned for more information on our blog and Facebook!
Pedal for Prizes would like to thank the following sponsors for helping us make this year’s event a major success (in no particular order):
(D) denotes 2015 destinations
Dollar Bank (D)
Old Brooklyn CDC
Greater Cleveland Partnership
Joy Machines Bike Shop
Eddy’s Bike Shop
Lake Erie Monsters
Kelly Grealis, Author
Ohio City Bike Co-op
Honey Hut (D)
South Hills Hardware
Westerfield Supply (D)
Sonny’s Auto Sales
Broadview Schaaf Marathon
The Studio Cleveland
Memphis Bakery (D)
Old Brooklyn Cravery
Gyro Guys (D)
Jack Frost Donuts (D)
The Trading Post (D)
Green Thumb Design
Mary Anne Auner
Cleveland Maennerchor (D)
All Things for You (D)
Ziggy’s Produce & Farm Market (D)
Wexler’s Tavern & Eatery (D)
Name Brand Paints (D)
Coney Company (D)
Jindra Floral Design
Ballado’s Barbershop & Hair Salon (D)
Rising Harvest Farm (D)
Ben Franklin Community Garden (D)
Dr. James Campbell, MetroHealth
Amanda Rouse, Tupperware
Old Brooklyn Collaborators
City of Cleveland
Estabrook Recreation Center
Kehoe Brothers Printing
Council President Kevin Kelley
Thank you also to our volunteers:
Laurie Ann Moennich
Here’s our annual helpful information post for this year’s Pedal for Prizes:
Expedited Registration (important!)
Please do us a huge favor. Print this form and fill it out for each participant before coming to the event. Bring it to the registration table and we’ll check you in quickly. Save yourself from having to wait in a long line on Saturday and help us keep everything going smoothly!
For registration, you can walk with your bike inside. However, we ask to please be respectful of the property (i.e. do not walk on the gym floor with cycling shoes).
What to Bring
Your bike, helmet, and a lock. We advise everyone to practice bicycle safety, including obeying local traffic laws. Helmets are strongly encouraged, but not required.
You may also want to bring money to spend on lunch, a snack, or a drink out in the neighborhood.
Registration begins at 11am. We’ve increased the amount of time for participants to try to reach all twenty destinations at an enjoyable pace. We will register participants up until 2pm.
Pedal for Prizes is completely free and open to cyclists of all ages and skill levels.
You’ll sign a release form and receive a map of twenty destinations and a punch card. Cyclists are free to go on their way to as many destinations as they’d like in any order. Stay at destinations as long as you’d like.
We reserve the right to request you bring your bicycle to the registration table.
The event happens on Saturday regardless of the weather. Right now, the forecast is calling for a chance of rain and temps in the 70’s, but we all know that that can change! Prepare for the weather!
If you’d like to change into dry clothes in the event that it rains, you can feel free to the locker rooms at Estabrook Rec. More on that below.
There’s limited parking at Estabrook Recreation Center, and it will fill up quickly. We’ve been given a preliminary approval for you to park in the rear of Memphis-Fulton Shopping Center. Please save the parking in front of the shopping center for patrons. Please DO NOT park at Drug Mart, as you risk being towed. We ask that you do not park at Dollar Bank, as they need their limited parking for customers. Everywhere else that seems privately owned, park at your own risk.
Another option is that you can park on the street on W 50th, W 49th, etc. Shadyside Avenue connects to the Estabrook Rec campus. Same for W 56th, 57th, etc. We just ask you to please be respectful to our Old Brooklyn neighbors.
We tentatively will have bike racks courtesy of Ohio City Bike Co-op, so there will be at least one place to lock up when you come in for the raffle.
Pedal for Prizes is meant to be a fun event done by bicycle. We have no tolerance for people who use other means of transportation (i.e. motor vehicle) to travel to destinations. Participants found to be using forms of transportation other than a bicycle will have their punch cards revoked and will be barred from participating in the raffle.
If you observe instances of cheating, please report it to us immediately. Merchants and people staffing our destinations will be keeping an eye out for foul play as well.
Estabrook Recreation Facilities
This is the first year we’re hosting Pedal at Estabrook Recreation Center. Participants are free to use the facilities. There are locker rooms for you to change if you’d like after the ride. There’s also an indoor swimming pool and playground and ball fields outside. So there’s a lot to do if you finish the ride early.
This year’s event will have twenty destinations. You won’t know the destinations until you register at Estabrook Rec.
We provide you a map and addresses of destinations at which you’ll have your card stamped. Some participants have had success using GPS or riding in small groups in the past.
Destinations will stop punching cards at 2:45pm. Return to Estabrook Rec by 3pm and exchange your punch card for raffle tickets.
The raffle begins promptly at 3:30pm. We will be raffling approximately four bikes, as well as many other prizes. In all, we should have between 60 and 70 prizes valued at a minimum of $20. We won’t have a final list until a day or two before the event, as we are receiving and packaging prizes up until the last minute.
Help us move the raffle along by returning punctually and dropping your tickets in the bins of the prizes you’d like to win.
Please remain patient during the raffle and help others be patient as well. Your cooperation will help it go quickly and smoothly, which everyone would like.
This is the first year we will be hosting a 50/50 raffle as a fundraiser for next year’s event. If you enjoy the event, please consider participating, as every dollar helps us host a first-class event next year. Thanks to the Old Brooklyn Collaborators for their help.
The Old Brooklyn Collaborators, a group of business and nonprofit leaders who are active in the neighborhood, will be selling hot dogs at Estabrook. Proceeds benefit them in their future programming efforts, so please support them as well.
What do the first and sixth year of Pedal for Prizes have in common? We’ll get to that answer in just a moment.
Many people have asked us why we’re moving this year’s Old Brooklyn Pedal for Prizes to Estabrook Recreation Center, especially considering that all five previous Pedal events started and ended at Loew Park.
We love Loew Park. It’s one of our favorite places in Old Brooklyn and Cleveland. It has made a fantastic backdrop for Pedal for Prizes over the last five years.
However, for our sixth annual event, we’re moving the start/finish to Estabrook Recreation Center, 4125 Fulton Road. There’s a big reason for that: Like the very first Pedal for Prizes, we will be hosting the event without any grant money to help us pay for expenses.
Neighborhood Connections, a program of the Cleveland Foundation offering grants to grassroots groups for neighborhood projects, has been a huge supporter. The organization provided small grants to us the last four years, which allowed us to really professionalize and grow the event. We sincerely appreciate the generosity.
However, all good things must come to an end. We unfortunately were not selected for a new grant in 2014, primarily because the demand for limited funds keeps increasing. Also, it’s time for some other group of committed individuals to have the opportunity to pursue a project that benefits a Cleveland neighborhood. We knew this day would come, and we’ve been preparing to the best of our ability.
As such, we need to reduce our expenses. One of the ways we thought we could do so was by relocating the event to Estabrook Rec. The tent, tables, porta-potties, and related expenses consumed 20-25% of our budget. Estabrook is also weather-proof (which will be great if the weather this year is anything like last year). We’ll tell you about more stuff going on at Estabrook in the coming weeks. Thanks to the City of Cleveland, use of the facility is free to us.
We are committed to hosting a spectacular event this year. We promise that you won’t even notice the difference.
We’d like to acknowledge Dollar Bank for its very generous contribution to Pedal for Prizes. Dollar Bank is the first-ever corporate sponsor of Pedal for Prizes.
Lastly, Pedal for Prizes is a free event and will likely be free as long as we can host it. However, your donations help us sustain the event into the future, regardless of how much or little you contribute. So if you enjoy the event, leave us a tip we can save for next year. Participate in the 50/50 raffle. Or buy a t-shirt if we have them for sale.
Thank you for your support. Ride on!
Old Brooklyn Pedal for Prizes
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Register beginning at 11:00am, Raffle at 3:30pm
Estabrook Recreation Center, 4125 Fulton Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44144
Old Brooklyn Pedal for Prizes returns for its sixth year on Saturday, May 16, 2015 during Cleveland Bicycle Month. Win great prizes, including brand new bicycles, simply by exploring local businesses and other points of interest in Cleveland’s Old Brooklyn neighborhood by bicycle.
Slightly different this year, Pedal for Prizes will begin and end at Estabrook Recreation Center, 4125 Fulton Road. Arrive there anytime after 11:00am to register and receive your punch card and map of twenty Old Brooklyn businesses and points of interest. Ride your bicycle to as many of those destinations as you’d like, having your punch card stamped at each. Make your registration quicker and more simple by downloading, printing, and completing our release and bringing it to Estabrook Rec.
Everyone returns to Estabrook Rec by 3:00pm to receive a raffle ticket for each stamp on your punch card. Each is a chance to win prizes of your choice. Drop as many raffle tickets you’d like in the bucket next to the prize you would like to win. The raffle begins promptly at 3:30pm
The event is free and open to all. Participants are advised to practice bicycle safety: bring a lock, wear a helmet, and follow local traffic laws.
Old Brooklyn Pedal for Prizes is a grassroots volunteer initiative organized by a small group of committed neighborhood residents and merchants. This year marks the group’s fifth Old Brooklyn Pedal for Prizes.
Here are some last-minute details that you should know:
Weather: We’ve been watching the forecast and we can conclude two things: It will be chilly and there’s a chance of rain. Please come prepared for the worst. Remember, the event goes on rain or shine.
Loew Park conditions: Because of all of the rain over the last week, Loew Park may be a muddy mess. We’ll look at setting up in a drier location if field conditions are indeed poor.
We’ve had beautiful weather the last three years, and participants have been able to sit in the grass and relax prior to the raffle. That may not be the case this year, so you may want to bring a seat if you can.
Prizes: We’ll have around 60 prizes valued at a minimum of $20. The prize list is still changing and probably will not be final until a couple hours before the raffle, so sorry we cannot post it online in advance!
Expedited Registration: If you can, please print this form, fill it out, and bring it to the park. It’s good for you and it helps us out, too.
Stay tuned for additional last-minute details.