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Team 26 bikes from Newtown to Washington DC

Team 26 is riding from Newtown to Washington DC to call attention to the need for federal gun violence reform.  They left from Newtown, with stops in Ridgefield and elsewhere, on Saturday.  The event, now in it's 2nd year, is being organized by Newtown resident and avid bicyclist Monte Frank.  He says they will ride until Congress passes stronger gun safety legislation.

 

The group will be met on Tuesday by 4th District Congressman Jim Himes.  He rode with the group from Newtown down to a rally in Greenwich.  In Pennsylvania, the group will be met by Maura Sherlack Schwartz, the daughter of Sandy Hook School psychologist Mary Sherlach.

 

There are 10 rallies being held along the 400 mile route to the US Capital.  One was held in Harlem.  Franks says they want to to build bridges to the urban environment because gun violence is a problem in inner cities and the suburbs.