Amanda Harland and Geof Pelaia are pretty busy people as it is. Amanda is stage manager for Beck Center's production of Spring Awakening, while also keeping Beck's checkbook balanced in their accounting department. In addition to his growing client list, media specialist Geof serves on various boards and committees for several local organizations. Together, they are co-chairing the first annual Bike for Beck event to benefit one of the largest arts organizations on the west side. Bike for Beck, a fundraiser to support Beck Center’s arts education programming, will also raise awareness of Lakewood’s bikeability movement ... for cyclists of all ages and speeds.

Weekly meetings for Bike for Beck have been taking place for months, with Amanda and Geof bringing in as many cycle-friendly (or even just cycle-interested) parties as possible to assist with the May 19 event.

For people who want to be involved that day, a bit of training might be necessary. The central event will be a series of bike rides, mostly through the Metroparks, with options of 12-, 25-, and 60- mile routes. There will also be a one half-mile parade ride for families, with the theme of Music in Motion where riders are encouraged to decorate their bikes.

Incorporating the artistic elements of the organization is one of the unique promotional elements of Bike for Beck. Volunteers are currently collecting old bikes that will eventually be transformed into works of art by volunteers and artists, and then displayed throughout the city. In addition to promoting Bike for Beck, the bikes will also showcase Lakewood's booming bicycle community by being displayed on new bike racks and/or at the sites where new bike racks will soon be installed.

The RTA will be in attendance, bringing a community bus, and providing demonstrations on how to mount your bike onto those front-end carriers.

Members of BikeLakewood will be on hand, teaching simple bike maintenance, signing up new members to their growing organization, and providing bike parking via a bike valet service.

Stuart Survance of the Ohio City Bicycle Co-Op, is serving as the chair for the Route and Safety Committee, who will oversee the routes and provide assistance to riders throughout the tour. SPIN Bike Shop has generously donated pieces from their vintage bike collection that will be exhibited throughout the Beck Center, and possibly in advance for further event promotion. 

Beck Center will host Bike for Beck Fest on their grounds for the returning cyclists, their families, and the community. The event will include demonstrations, live music, food trucks, Lakewood fare, art, and more. The event will immediately follow the Music in Motion parade and conclude at 6:00 p.m.

Additional sponsors include: Cleveland Metroparks, Lakewood YMCA, the Beck Cafe, First Federal of Lakewood, Virginia Marti College of Art and Design, and the COSE Art Network.

Keep checking and Bike for Beck's Facebook page for more information, or visit  about registration and other events leading up to the big day.

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Volume 1, Issue 1, Posted 11:39 AM, 03.05.2012