In 2003, Bicycling Magazine held an essay contest in order to give away 50 bicycles to residents of Portland, Maine. The project was dubbed "BikeTown," and it was such a success that it was expanded to other cities in later years.
In 2005, BikeTown came to Cleveland, and Century Cycles lent a hand by storing, building, and delivering the bicycles to the local winners. You can see some pictures from the marathon session our mechanics had in putting the bikes together!
BikeTown has returned to Cleveland this year, and the contest is already under way. Beginning on July 25, 2010, any person interested in entering to win can submit their story of 50 words or less, telling why they should win a free bicycle. The last day to enter is August 5, 2010.
Once the winners are selected, the bicycles will be awarded at Wade Oval on Wednesday, August 11.
More details, including a link to the entry form, can be found at Walk+Roll Cleveland. If you don't need a new bike, but know a friend or family member whose life could be changed by a bicycle, forward this information to them!