Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Local Cyclists respond to the tragedy in Newtown, CT

Twenty Six area cyclists including three that live in Newtown, CT are forming a grass roots effort to further the gun control issue and press Washington for a ban on assault weapons.  They have started a Facebook page called:  Sandy Hook Ride on Washington for Gun Control.  They are asking for a show of support by putting a green and white stripe on your top tube of your bike, 26 cm from your head tube.  Tweet a picture of your top tube and include the hashtag #SHRoW.  I did my three bikes!

The group's leader, Monte Frank, lives in the Sandy Hook section of Newtown and has been endorsed by Pat Llodra, Newtown's First Selectwoman and was recently quoted in the New York TimesWashington Post and the Boston Globe.  They aren't raising money but rather they are garnering support for their eventual mission which is for all 26 cyclists to ride to Washington DC from Sandy Hook Elementary School and deliver a petition to the government asking for the government to curb gun violence.

If you don't do social media, still take a picture of it and send it to all your friends and let them know you are supporting this effort.


Rick said...

Thanks for the heads up on this. Monte is a friend of mine but I didn't know about this effort. Very cool. Where did you get the stripes? Or did you just improvise? I am headed out for a road ride on Sunday and want to sport the stripes.

Mark said...

@Rick, I used green & white electrical tape.

Where and when are you riding on Sunday?

Rick said...

Sunday morning. 7ish. Would like to do and hour to an hour and a half on the road. Not too much climbing. I am trying to stay mellow before ramping up training mid February.