Tuesday, March 11, 2014
The Maine cycling community was appalled to hear about the 50-year-old woman who was dragged off her bike and sexually assaulted while riding on a summer Sunday in Canaan on July 7.
And in the usual stick-together way of riders, a group of women cyclists has organized a ride for Saturday as a show of support for that female rider.
Keep Riding Our Roads begins at Fedco Trees, 213 Hinckley Road, Clinton at 10 a.m. There will be two loops - 10 to 12 miles for those who want to ride a shorter distance; and 35 miles for those who want a longer ride. (Here's a map of the route) Check the Facebook page for more info.
According to organizer Christine Nichols, one of the goals of the ride is to encourage women to push through any fear of riding Maine's roads as a result of the incident. Read more from her in the Morning Sentinel's story about the ride.
To participate, just show up and start pedaling.
Karen Beaudoin lives in Portland and is the web editor for PressHerald.com.
Her Pedal On blog offers info, events and advice for people who love their bikes more than, well ... almost anything.
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