Helpful info for preparing for Pedal

Pedal for Prizes is only a few days away. Here’s some additional information about how to prepare for Pedal for Prizes, what to expect, and helpful tips.

Weather. Pedal for Prizes will happen regardless of weather.  So rain or shine, we’re giving over $3,000 worth of prizes away!  The forecast is calling for absolutely beautiful weather — mostly sunny with temperatures in the low 70s — for Saturday.

Arrival. We’ll begin registering bicyclists at 11:30am, but everyone will be sent off promptly at 12:30pm. The best time to arrive would be around noon. That way, you can register and have time to plot out your route around Old Brooklyn. We will continue to register those who come after 12:30pm.

Parking.  For those of you that drive in with bikes in tow, there’s parking both at Loew Park and the lot connected to William Cullen Bryant School.  If both lots happen to be full, the streets around the park offer on-street parking.  Just leave your vehicle and ride over to the park entrance off of Oak Park Avenue.

Cost.  Pedal for Prizes costs absolutely nothing and is completely free.

Registration. The registration process is simple. You review, sign, and return a release form, then we’ll provide you a map and card to be stamped by individuals staffing our destinations. Everyone that participates in the event must first register at Loew Park.

Minors. A parent or guardian must sign a release form for a minor under the age of 18 to participate in Pedal for Prizes.

Destinations. You won’t know where the twenty-two destinations are until you receive your map. But if you’re really curious, you can look for clues in our press, sponsors, and Facebook pages.

Navigation. We recommend you have someone in your group that either can read a map well or knows Old Brooklyn. Maps will have addresses of the destinations, and you’re free to use a GPS. However, if you do, remember to be cautious on the road while listening to your turn-by-turn directions.

Guided Rides.  Experienced ride leaders will guide two groups of bicyclists.  There will be a group for intermediate/advanced riders and one for families.  Click here for a blog post about the advantages and disadvantages of riding with a guided group.  Ride leaders reserve the right to limit the number of bicyclists joining the guided rides for safety.

Bicycles. Each participant must have his/her own set of pedals on a human-powered bicycle and use it to travel between destinations.  Road bikes, mountain bikes, hybrids, commuter bikes, tandems, electric bikes, recumbents, and tall bikes are all welcome.

Bike rentals. A limited number of bicycles will be available for rent from BikeCLE for $10.  Contact them here for more details.

Safety. Helmets are encouraged. We also suggest that you bring a lock, or at the very least, a partner who can watch your bike while you stop into destinations. Please practice bicycle safety and obey all traffic laws when out riding in the neighborhood.

Timing.  The average bicyclist should be able to comfortably visit all twenty-two destinations between 12:30 and 3pm, so take a few minutes to take in and enjoy the destinations you’ll be visiting.

Perks.  Some destinations will have special perks for bicyclists that stop.  Staffers at one destination will provide an extra stamp for completing a challenge.  Others may offer free food and swag, but you won’t know until you visit.

Raffle.  Staffers at destinations will stamp cards until 3pm.  Return to Loew Park by 3:30pm to exchange your card for raffle tickets.  You’ll write your first, middle, and last initial on each raffle ticket, then drop as many as you’d like in the buckets next to the prizes you’d like to win.  So figuratively, if you visit twenty-two destinations and want to put all twenty-two tickets towards a brand new Trek 7000, you can do that!  To win prizes, you must be present for the raffle.

If you have questions, please post below and we’ll do our best to answer them quickly.  And please feel free to check back because we may add info as Pedal for Prizes approaches.

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