Project Pedal rides again

Aren’t you just loving this steadily improving spring weather? It makes you want to get outside and soak in the freshness and beauty that surrounds us. In fact, we think it’s the perfect time of year for a bike ride. With that in mind, it’s our pleasure to announce that Project Pedal is back on Saturday, June 13!

This opportunity to enjoy the scenery and fresh air while getting great exercise is available for all ages. Best of all, riders will be having fun while helping to raise funds to continue the mission of Village Project. A change this year is that all routes begin and end at Bay Middle School, 27725 Wolf Road. The event begins at 8 a.m., and all rides are concluded by 1 p.m.

There are five routes to choose from:

Pea Pod Pedal (100 yards) is for 2- and 3-year-olds on trikes and big wheels. Registration fee: $10.

Sprout Route (400 yards) is for children 6 years and under on two-wheelers, with or without training wheels. Registration fee: $15.

Cucumber Course (6 miles) is for all ages. The route travels primarily side streets with a rest stop at Village Project headquarters. Parental supervision is suggested for young riders. Registration fee: $20.

Kale Trail (15 miles) is for intermediate riders of all ages. The route travels through Bay Village. Rest stops will be at Village Project and Reese Park. Sidewalks are available throughout the ride. Parental supervision is suggested for young riders. Registration fee: $25.

Artichoke Adventure (35 miles) is for more experienced riders of all ages. The route travels through Bay Village, Avon Lake and Westlake. Rest stops will be at Village Project and Reese Park. Much of the ride will take place on well-traveled roads such as Lake, Bradley, Walker and Hilliard. Registration fee: $40.

The registration fee includes a T-shirt, wrist band, maps, rest stop refreshments and SAG vehicle support.

Join in some healthy competition and help support Village Project by raising funds in addition to the registration fee. Compete individually or as a team to raise the most for this worthy organization. Fundraising pages can be created when you register on the Village Project website, ourvillageproject.com. Prizes will be awarded for the top team and for individual fundraisers.

Project Pedal is not just a bike ride, it’s a community event. Invite your family and friends to cheer you on as you cross the finish line at Bay Middle School, and then enjoy face painting, live music and games. Food trucks, as well as ice cream, drinks and baked goods for purchase, will be available for anyone needing a snack.

Make it “a day in Bay.” Besides Project Pedal, several other free events will be taking place in Bay Village on June 13. BAYarts is hosting their Art & Music Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at their campus on Lake Road, offering outdoor exhibits by local artists, live music and hot dogs. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., visit beautiful and historic Cahoon Memorial Park, located on the shores of Lake Erie at the corner of Lake and Cahoon Roads, for “Cahoon in June,” the Bay Village Historical Society’s annual crafts, antiques and collectibles show. Need to get out of the sun for a while? The Lake Erie Nature & Science Center will be offering free shows for all ages in their recently renovated planetarium from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Don’t miss out. Register today at ourvillageproject.com or pick up an application at Village Project headquarters, 27378 W. Oviatt Road in Bay Village. The deadline to register is May 30.

For more information about Village Project, which serves families in Bay Village, Westlake, Avon Lake and Rocky River, can be found on the website or by calling 440-348-9401.

Sponsorship opportunities are available at several levels with a variety of benefits. Call the VP office for more details.

Diane Frye

I am a Bay Village resident and a volunteer for Village Project. 

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 9:14 AM, 05.05.2015