While the state capitol was covered in green for the St. Patrick’s parade Saturday, 26 cyclists in Newtown wore the same color for a very different purpose. The Sandy Hook Ride on Washington, a group biking from Sandy Hook Elementary school to Washington D.C. to demand action on gun control, has gotten started on their journey. Dressed in Newtown-green cycling jerseys with peace signs, hearts and the group’s Sandy Hook logo, the team set on their way after a rally at Reed Intermediate School in Newtown.
Newtown First Selectwoman Pat LLodra, Rabbi Shaul Praver, and Sens. Blumenthal and Murphy and Rep. Esty all attended the rally, and Rep. Himes is riding with Team 26 for the first leg of the journey.
Though the team, which includes both professional and amateur cyclists as well as parents, teachers, a Newtown police officer and a Vietnam veteran, will cover close to 400 miles in just four days, they began their ride Saturday with a somewhat circuitous but highly symbolic route. They rode through Newtown remembering the mission of their journey, on a course that led them past five of the district’s schools. Their first stop was the firehouse across from Sandy Hook Elementary School, where they had a moment of silence for the fallen victims. Each member of the team said the name of one of the 26 who lost their lives on Dec. 14.
After that, they made stops at the flagpole, police department and had even planned a stop at Newtown’s Ferris’ Creamery if it was open, to enjoy the ‘Best Ice Cream In The World.’
Here is their starting route, posted to the group’s Facebook page.