Helpful Info for Pedal ’13

We’re looking forward to Old Brooklyn Pedal for Prizes this Saturday, May 18.  Hope you are as well!

We’ve put together some helpful information for participants.  We welcome any questions you may have and will do our absolute best to respond to them in the days leading up to the event.

Rain or Shine: The event happens on Saturday regardless of the weather.  Right now, the forecast is calling for sun and temps in the lower 70’s with a very low chance of rain.

Registration: 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.

At Loew Park, you’ll sign a release form and receive a map of twenty-two destinations and a punch card.  Cyclists are free to go on their way to as many destinations as they’d like in any order.

We will have volunteer extraordinaire Paul Lopez on hand to assist you with light repairs to your bike.

We reserve the right to request you bring your bicycle to the registration table.

If you’re driving your bike to the event, Loew Park has a limited number of parking spaces.  However, there plenty of on-street places to park.  We just ask everyone to please be respectful to our Old Brooklyn neighbors.

Cheating: 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.

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.  We’ll have food trucks at Loew Park, which will have a variety of items at a cost.

You might also want to bring a chair, since we cannot provide seating for everyone at Loew Park leading up to and during the raffle.

Speed Exterminating and Ameriflag are once again providing Pedal for Prizes water bottles while supplies are available.  We will do our best to keep water available.

Prepare for the weather!  Bring and wear sunblock.

Destinations: About half of the destinations participating in this year’s Pedal for Prizes are new to the event, while the other half have been featured in one or more of the previous three events. This year’s event will have twenty destinations.  You won’t know the destinations until you register at Loew Park.

We provide you a map and addresses of destinations at which you’ll have your card stamped.  Some participants have had success using GPS in the past.

Destinations will stop punching cards at 2:45pm.  Return to Loew Park by 3pm and exchange your punch card for raffle tickets.

Raffle: Slightly different from last year’s event is that we are anticipating having fewer prizes of greater value.  While we had close to eighty prizes the previous two years, we should have around fifty to help speed up the raffle.  This is in response to feedback we have received since the last Pedal for Prizes.  Check back later this week for a full list of prizes you can win.  We have been posting prizes on the Pedal for Prizes Facebook.

We will be raffling at minimum four bikes and at most eight.

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.

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