Second 'History Mystery' bike ride a success

Village Bicycle Cooperative volunteers sign up riders and give directions for the History Mystery tour at the Community House in Cahoon Memorial Park. Photo by Denny Wendell

The second annual History Mystery Bike Tour on Saturday, May 7, was a success with over 90 participants including adults and children who were able to learn more about Bay Village’s rich history, sample food, dance and listen to great music provided by the Waylows.  

The organizer, Rebecca Krueger from Village Bicycle Cooperative, said, “The History Mystery ride showcased Village Bicycle Cooperative’s great resources and an ongoing commitment to the community.” She further added that because of VBC’s efforts Bay Village is becoming more bike friendly due to changes in the bike laws and the collaboration between law enforcement and the community. 

This year, participants were able to visit and to learn about businesses that have been in the community since 1948: Burns Auto Service, Bay Barber Shop, Arthur's Shoe Tree and Bay Lanes. There was a presentation in the Community Room at the Bay Village Police Department about the education program, "Bike More: Drive Less," which is beginning May 20 (see for more information). Mothers were honored at the ride and they received special gifts of fresh tulips, chocolates and cookies. A potential plan for next year’s History Mystery Ride is to visit the farms around the area, sample some treats at each stop and meet new people.

Thanks  to all the sponsors for food, raffle contributions and support, especially Lake Road Market, Gina’s Pizza, Whole Foods, Fragapane's, Trader Joe's, Fairview Cycles, Blazing Saddles and Beat Cycles. And, of course, the Waylows, whose music put spring into the air and dancing in the wind.

Village Bicycle Cooperative is 100 percent volunteer run and we couldn’t do what we do without all the committed volunteers throughout the year. A special thanks to the following for their help with the ride: Carl Gonzalez, Justin May, Colleen Bumba, Brian Klueber, Lawrence Kuh, Jennifer Smillie, Patrick McGannon, Bill Abbott, Gregg Wilson, Jim Smillie, Jim Jewett, Max Grube, Bill Fleig and Michelle Kraft and a big thanks to Rebecca Krueger for organizing this event. Luke Smillie, our youngest volunteer at age 8 summed up best the mission of VBC: “Family and kids are biking when it’s nice out and not driving."

Spending the day outside with friends, riding bikes, learning about our city and enjoying tasty food and good music...what could be better! We welcome your help and donations so we can continue providing the city with programs and recycling bikes.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 11:12 AM, 05.17.2016