Saturday, May 11, 2013

Bike to School Challenge: Record-Setting Week One!

Century Cycles Bike to School Challenge (BTS) in Bay Village, Medina and Rocky River concluded a hugely succesful Week One on May 6-10 with the students breaking more biking records, all but one school in the program showed double-digit growth over last year’s ridership, and three of the five schools logging record days! Special prize days sponsored by Subway and Raleigh Bicycles kept the students excited and motivated, and middle school students are already submitting entries in the BTS Prose and Photography Contest.
Overall, the program averaged 1,275 bicyclists to school per day this week at the five schools, for a total of 6,375 bike-rides to school. The highest overall ride day of the week was Thursday, May 9, on which 1,394 students biked, a new BTSC record.

Bay Middle School averaged 576 bicyclists to school this week – averaging an astonishing 70% of the school and up 22% over their 2012 per-day average of 474. The highest ride day at BMS this week was 634 bicyclists to school on Wednesday, May 8 (National Bike to School Day), a whopping 77% of the school – a new Bay Middle School and BTS record! Bay High School averaged 123 bicyclists to school this week, down 9% from their 135-per-day average in 2012.

Student check-in at Claggett.
Bike-riding is up significantly at both Claggett and Root Middle Schools this year. This week, Claggett Middle School averaged 83 bicyclists to school per day (9% of the school), up 28% over their 2012 per-day average of 65. They handily beat their high-ride day of 78 in 2012 on May 9, when 94 Claggett students arrived at school by bicycle. At A.I. Root Middle School, an average of 156 students biked each day this week (or 18% of the school), up 22% over their 2012 per-day average of 128.

Rocky River Middle School.
It was a record first week of the challenge at Rocky River Middle School, which logged a record high-ride day on Thursday, May 9, when 377 students biked (61% of the school). On average this week, 338 students biked each day – 55% of the school and up 24% over their per-day average of 273 in 2012.

Century Cycles’ Bike to School Challenge on May 6-24, 2013 is the largest and most successful student bicycling program in the United States, motivating more than 4,000 middle school and high school students in Bay Village, Rocky River, and Medina to ride their bikes to school as much as possible for three weeks each May -- to help the environment, improve their health, win prizes and have fun.  For more details, go to

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