Old Brooklyn Pedal for Prizes
Saturday, May 18, 2019
FREE and open to ALL!
Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. • Raffle at 2:00 p.m.
Pearl Road United Methodist Church
4200 Pearl Road • Cleveland, OH 44109
Old Brooklyn Pedal for Prizes returns for its ninth year on Saturday, May 18, 2019 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.
Pedal for Prizes will begin and end at a new location this year: Pearl Road United Methodist Church (PRUMC) in the heart of Old Brooklyn. Arrive there anytime after 9:30 a.m. to register, receive your punch card and a map of 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. Destinations will open and start stamping cards at 10 a.m. Make your registration quicker and more simple by downloading, printing, and completing our release and bringing it to PRUMC.
Everyone should return to PRUMC before 2 p.m. 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 2 p.m.
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.
Parking: Parking is available at the MetroHealth Medical Center parking garage on Devonshire Rd. off Pearl Rd. Please avoid parking on the 3rd floor as that is reserved for patients and their visitors who need to access the medical center via the skyway. We also request that you walk your bikes down to the street level to avoid any injuries. Additional, but limited parking is also available at the Speed Exterminating lot on Pearl and the lot behind Citizens Bank off Broadview Rd. just west of W. 33rd. Please see the below map for reference.
T-Shirts and Backpacks: We will have Pedal for Prizes t-shirts for sale for $20 each. Proceeds will be used for us to bring back Old Brooklyn Pedal for Prizes in 2020. It’s money well spent if you enjoy the event and would like to see it continue in the future. We will be giving away backpacks for you to take on the ride. Register and you get one free, courtesy of some great neighborhood businesses that support the event.
Weather: The event happens regardless of the weather. Please plan accordingly as we know how quickly things can change!
Raffle: The raffle begins promptly at 2pm. We will be raffling several brand new bikes, as well as many other prizes. In all, we should have 50+ 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. Be sure to stop by our vendor tents to sample fun and interesting products and participate in activities while you wait.
50/50 Raffle: 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.
Destinations: We provide a map with 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. Return to PRUMC in time to exchange your punch card for raffle tickets and drop them in your desired prize bins. Remember, the raffle starts at 2pm.
Cheating: Pedal for Prizes is meant to be a fun event done by bicycle. We are hardworking volunteers who have put hundreds, if not thousands of hours of our own time into coordinating a fun event for the community. We have no tolerance for people who cheat and drive their cars from destination to destination. Participants found to be using motor vehicles for the event will have their punch cards revoked and will be barred from participating in the raffle. Do the right thing. 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.
Old Brooklyn Pedal for Prizes is a grassroots volunteer initiative organized by a small group of committed neighborhood residents and merchants. We thank you for your participation and hope you enjoy the event as much as we do!