Four ambitious women are undertaking a cross-country endurance ride that will kick off from Key West, Fl. today, Sunday, February 5th and culminate in San Francisco in late April. Two sisters, Jeanie and Chelsea Ward-Waller, their mother, Jane, and close friend Stephanie Palmer are riding across America to benefit the bicycle safety advocacy efforts of the League of American Bicyclists and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership. Dubbed “Ride America for Safe Routes” (RASR), their ride follows a route traversing 13 southern states and 20 major cities, logging over 5,000 miles between Florida and California. The mission of RASR is to raise $50,000 for the League’s Bike Friendly America program and for Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs in local communities. In addition, the RASR Team will advocate the critical need for bike safety and promote the public health benefits of bicycling through events with local bicycle groups and SRTS programs in communities along their route. See the RASR website at http://rideforsaferoutes.blogspot.com/ or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on the Ride and to support a future of bike-friendly communities.
The kickoff party, at Salsa Loca, last night was a great success. Many members of Team Mile Zero Heroes came out to show their support. This morning the Mile Zero Heroes will join the ladies for the ride out planned to depart the US Post Office on Whitehead Street at 10am. Thank you to Salsa Loca for catering the event, JT for the One Human Family handouts and Eaton Bikes for the gift bags.