Nearly 50 riders turned out on Saturday morning for the first-ever “Pedal for Peace” ride. The ride was sponsored by the Nonviolent Peaceforce, an international non-profit organization that works with local groups to foster dialogue among parties in conflict and works to protect civilians involved in conflicts around the world with unarmed civilian peacekeepers. Nonviolent Peaceforce and the Pedal for Peace ride are not affiliated with the Colorado Peace Ride.
Riders met at the Minnehaha Park band stand for registration and had their choice of a
40-mile, 20-mile or 8-mile ride that toured the southern portion of the Grand Rounds and the Greenway. Despite the fact that this was the first “Pedal for Peace”, the ride was well organized; participants received distinctive yellow tee-shirts, route maps and other items, and were accompanied by experienced ride marshals (a nice touch since this ride was held on an open course and had a lot of young people participating). Signs marking the route were placed along the trails to help ensure that everyone made it back to the band stand to enjoy live music at the end of the ride.
Unfortunately, an uncooperative thunderstorm blew in during the ride, but it looked like everyone had a good time in spite of the warm rain. Georgia Afton, Nonviolent Peaceforce’s U.S. Communications Coordinator acknowledged the tireless work of Stirling Cousins and the other volunteers in putting this ride together, and shared with me that they plan to make this ride an annual event, so we can look forward to more organized rides such as this in the future.