The Upper Arlington Parks and Recreation Department will host a bicycle ride through the city Nov. 4 to celebrate the community's centennial one last time before the end of 2018.
This Sunday Centennial Cycle will offer the opportunity for people of all ages to see the community from the seats of their bikes.
Registration for the event is required and is due by noon Friday, Nov. 2. Registration can be completed online at www.upperarlingtonoh.gov.
Upper Arlington Recreation Superintendent Matt Leber said 300 people had signed up to take part in the event as of Oct. 25.
"It's really our last major event of our centennial year to kind of wrap things up," Leber said. "Our concept is to get people on their bikes for an enjoyable ride through Upper Arlington."
The cost to take part in the Centennial Cycle is $10 per rider, although children 4 and younger can ride for free.
Participants have the option of taking a 10-mile or 5-mile ride. Route information is available at https://tinyurl.com/ y8gxhaqe.
Both routes start and end at the Amelita Mirolo Barn in Sunny 95 Park, 4395 Carriage Hill Lane.
Bike check-ins for the event will begin at 11:30 p.m., and both the 10-mile and 5-mile rides will begin at 1 p.m. All riders are required to wear helmets.
For rider convenience, particularly those bringing along children, the routes will take riders through city parks that will double as rest stops, Leber said. On the 10-mile ride, cyclists will go through Northam, Miller and Reed Road parks, with restroom facilities, snacks and drinks offered to those who wish to take breaks or use park playgrounds.
The 5-mile ride will feature a stop at Reed Road Park.
"We anticipate some will stop and some won't," Leber said. "It's just a fun ride through Upper Arlington.
"We had received some feedback from residents who expressed interest in having a bike ride through Upper Arlington," he said. "We wanted to make sure the 10-mile ride got through the majority of Upper Arlington ... and we wanted it to run through our parks so people and families could see them."
The rides are not races and won't be timed, Leber said. People can ride at their own paces.
When riders return to Amelita Mirolo Barn after their rides, a concert featuring Agent 99 will take place inside from 2:30 to 4 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Upper Arlington and Tri-Village Rotary clubs, Advanced Wellness, Chipotle, Jimmy Johns, Roll on Lane and the Upper Arlington Senior Association. Hot chocolate, coffee, water and food from Chipotle and Jimmy Johns will be provided.
A limited number of Centennial Cycle T-shirts will be sold and there will be a bike-decorating contest, with competitions for most original, best use of the centennial theme, most artful and best use of a fall theme.
"We're sending out information to all of our participants so they can decorate their bikes prior to coming," Leber said. "Hopefully, it will be a great event to encourage bicycle use in Upper Arlington, and just a nice event for the community to experience a ride on a nice fall afternoon."
In a Sept. 14 blog, Upper Arlington City Manager Ted Staton said he hopes the Centennial Cycle "will become an annual favorite."
Centennial Cycle caps off a yearlong celebration of the community's 100th birthday, led by a Centennial Task Force that included representatives from the city, the Upper Arlington Historical Society, Upper Arlington Public Library, various community organizations and other residents.
Events included a kick-off at the library's main branch that showcased moments in Upper Arlington history and the evolution of the community and the planting of 100 "centennial" trees in city parks and at local schools.
On July 4, the task force unveiled Centennial Plaza in Northam Park, which features a History Walk chronicling moments in local history and three bronze bear sculptures created by artist Alan Hamwi.
The Upper Arlington Civic Association incorporated the centennial into its annual July Fourth celebration by honoring all the men and women who chaired the UACA's July Fourth event over the years and adopting the centennial theme of "A Cherished Past, A Golden Future."
Other events included the creation of a centennial-themed beer by Combustion Brewery, repainting a city water tower at Kingsdale Shopping Center to include the centennial's logo and collecting items to place in a commemorative time capsule.