Dusting off the old blog

A month has gone by without any new blog posts.  Oh my goodness!  We have been extremely busy planning for our second Pedal for Prizes, and we’re very happy to report that everything is going great.

Since you last heard from us here, we worked with our friend Katie O’Keefe on designing a very attractive identity and card for Pedal for Prizes.  Tom Kehoe from Old Brooklyn’s Kehoe Brothers Printing ran off a thousand, and we immediately hit the pavement to canvas local establishments.  We even had fliering parties that included our fellow bicycle advocates from Crank Set Rides, Cleveland Critical Mass, and Rustwire.  We ran out of cards in a week and a half, but Kehoe’s machines are currently cranking out another grand for us.  (If you’re here because you picked up one of those cards, welcome!  Feel free to say hello and comment from where you got our info.)

We’ve also been working to drum up some media for when Pedal for Prizes approaches.  Whether you’re from the press, have your own blog, or just have a lot of Facebook friends and Twitter followers, we’d sincerely appreciate any and all positive info you can spread and share.

We’ve also been diligently pursuing donations from local merchants and area businesses.  We’re pretty excited to tell you about some of the prizes we’ll be raffling to you.  We’ll just tell you to head over to Facebook and like Pedal for Prizes for hints on some of the things you might be able to win.  Remember that Pedal for Prizes is totally free.

Old Brooklyn Bicycle Poker, July 2010

And of course, there’s the less glamourous, but equally important business to which we have attended: working on finalizing release forms with Roger Bundy Law; collaborating with the Cleveland Police Department Second District  to ensure the safety of our participants; garnering the participation of our favorite neighborhood businesses to serve as destinations; making maps and raffle tickets for the big day; securing necessary permits; and so on.

In sum, we’ve been working diligently to give you the best experience of the Old Brooklyn neighborhood that we know.  It’s months and months of volunteering our time to host a four-hour event, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.  These four hours can have such a positive impact on so many facets of our neighborhood for years to come.  That’s how we wholeheartedly look at it.

Thanks for all of you that have supported us in one way or another, shared your skills and talents, contributed prizes or other donations, allowed us to canvas your space, followed us on Twitter or liked us on Facebook, told friends about us, listened to our pitch, or just plain believe in us.  We’re well on our way, and it’s because of you.