Cincinnati- Ride for Reading has taken place in Cincinnati for five years now thanks to a partnership between Spun Bicycles and WordPlay Cincy. With this year's event, May 12th 2017 was officially proclaimed as Ride for Reading Day by the city of Cincinnati. The ride will take place annually in May (National Bike Month), when volunteer bicyclists will distribute books to a different school each year for the students to take home. This year participants delivered nearly 4,000 books to students at Fredrick Douglass Elementary School in Walnut Hills.
Ride for Reading is designed to increase opportunities for the children of Cincinnati, by providing reading materials to schools within the Cincinnati area and ensuring that children have books on grade level inside their homes. By teaming with Jodi, co-owner of Spun Bicycles. Libby, WordPlay Cincy co-founder, hopes to encourage active living, and with the distribution of books, hopes to improve the literary skills of our youth.
In the spring books are donated and held at the Coffee Emporium Warehouse on Walnut Street until the ride. Bicyclists volunteer their time for Ride for Reading by talking with Jodi at Spin Bicycles well before the event. Then on the day of the ride, the bicyclers meet at the warehouse, and are given a bag of the donated books. They then ride across the city to the chosen school for that year and deliver their bags of books to the students, who can pick up to ten books to take home and build their own libraries.