NEOCycle is an urban cycling festival consisting of competitive races and unique rides connected by live entertainment and an interactive, action-filled festival village at Cleveland Metroparks Edgewater Park on the shores of Lake Erie in Cleveland, Ohio

NEOCycle Puts Some Elbow Grease Into Bicycle Building

Forty down and sixty-five to go! The NEOCycle Team spent their Monday night at Ohio City Bicycle Co-op building bicycles to be given away as part of the NEOCycle Urban Youth Initiative. 

The Initiative encourages the kids, aged 8-10 years old, to focus on developing an active lifestyle.  The kids will keep track of their daily activities and complete a number of special worksheets over a three week tracking period.  After the third week, five students from each recreation center will be selected to receive a new bike, helmet, and bike lock based on their program performance.  Winning students are also required to participate in a Rider Education session before they can receive the bicycle. 

Recreation center kids arrived at Nela Park yesterday afternoon for the first day of the program, where they went over fitness and bicycle safety.  GE Lighting and Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, which are also partnered with GCSC for the event, helped lead some of the activities. 

With the help of Ohio City Bicycle Co-op, the NEOCycle team spent their Monday evening building forty bicycles.  The forty completed bicycles were the girl’s bikes for the program. The team was in charge of attaching the wheels, handlebars, pedals, and seats to the sparkly frames.  The Ohio City Bicycle Co-op employees were in charge of supervising the team and making sure the bicycles passed their safety tests.  The remaining sixty-five boy’s bicycles will be completed in two weeks.

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