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Hite, Utah: Please support Bike4Peace

Wednesday, 11 August 2010
Contact: Vernon Huffman, Co-Founder Bike4Peace

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Photos by Scott

Bike4Peace 2010 to Converge at U.S. Capitol
"I am riding my bike for the good of the planet and it turns out to be good for me!"

HITE, Utah -- She spent twelve years in the US Congress and a week in an Israeli jail. Now she's spending two months on a bicycle trip across North America. Cynthia McKinney, the Green Party's 2008 nominee for President, is riding with Bike4Peace 2010 to demonstrate the bicycle as a solution to Climate Change, Oil Wars, the Health Crisis, and Economic Malaise. "This is really hard and it's really expensive, but I'm so proud of these young people who volunteered for Bike4Peace because they want to be a part of the solution, rather than sit back and merely complain about the problems," said McKinney.
Malik Rahim, the 62-year-old former Black Panther and Veteran for Peace, who helped to create Common Ground Relief in response to the post-Katrina disasters in New Orleans, is also riding his bicycle to demonstrate his commitment to a way of life that respects our common need for a healthy environment. Rahim adds, "Healthy communities depend on a healthy environment."
Cynthia and Malik plan to meet with other cyclists from all parts to celebrate World Car-Free Day in Washington, DC, on Wed-22-Sept. They will rally on their bicycles in front of the US Capitol at 10:00 AM. While rides from several parts of the country have been planned for this convergence, many cyclists are expected to arrive by train and bus with their bicycles to join this celebration.
Bike4Peace 2010 began at The House of Common Sense in Oakland, CA, on Sat-24-July and has already involved some seventy bicyclists. Some have ridden across their town, some across their state, and others are committed to crossing the continent. The ride builds upon Bike4Peace experiences from previous years since it began in 2005. Riders have ranged in age from 18-mo-old twins Grace and Willow Darr-Hipp, who rode 4500 miles in a bicycle trailer, to Ethyl MacDonald, who at 72 years cycled across the continental divide in Montana.
Bike4Peace cyclists stress that local hosts are as vital a part of Bike4Peace as the bikers. "When a community comes together for a potluck to share with the bike riders," says organizer Vernon Huffman, "it builds our hope for national recovery through responsible choices. We've been excited to see how many communities are building sustainable alternatives to corporate disasters."
Aurelio Garcia, one of the Bike4Peace cross-continent riders added, "I am riding my bike for the good of the planet and it turns out to be good for me!"
As of this writing, Ms. McKinney is crossing southern Utah, while Mr. Rahim is in Georgia and planning to visit each state capitol on his ride to DC. As they look forward to their great convergence, they are also excited to meet and share with people in every small town through which they pass.
A press conference has been scheduled for September 22, 2010 at 6:00 pm at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. There, journalists and supporters will be able to meet, talk to, and hear the experiences and adventures of this incredible Bike4Peace contingent.
Annie Ebiner, one of the cross-country Bike4Peace riders added, "Please support Bike4Peace because this is an incredible organization whose mission we all agree with--and we're not just talking, we're doing!"
Bike4Peace requests donations in order to maintain its roll. Donations can be made through PayPal at and will be used to defray the costs of travel for those cycling across the continent. Your support is greatly needed and appreciated.
More information is at and Questions may be directed to Vernon Huffman 541-829-9034, one of the cyclists and co-founder of Bike4Peace. Please use his voice mail.

Silence is the deadliest weapon of mass destruction.


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