Our group met at 10:00 a.m. in rural Southern Vermont, USA, on a bridge over the Broad Brook, and we rode 16-20 miles along the gorgeous Weatherhead Hollow Road, all the way past the Weatherhead Pond where we took a left on the Keats Brook Road. We then crossed into Massachusetts, briefly, and headed North on Route 5 into Brattleboro, Vermont where we passed all the tourist cars idling in lines making their way to the fall foliage festivals. It was a great group of riders, committed to using their bikes for commuting and recreation. We ranged in age from the youngest, Eli Cohen, age 4, to the oldest ride (who will remain unnamed!), at 64. Our "work" was to raise awareness to the issue of climate change and meet up with the other 350.org work party at Pliny Park in town.
The action was great and we all want to do it again next year! We made new friends and the motorists who saw us riding were very courteous and passed us following the new Vermont safe passing law. Our state representative, Mollie Burke (D-Windham) was very supporting and excited about our action and she is going to continue her excellent work on the state transportation committee.
PHOTO CAPTION #1: (by Damon Griswold)
10 Riders from left to right:
Dede Cummings (organizer), Dave Cohen, Olivia and Alice Charkes, Bob Immler, Sharon Snider, James Rizzo, Mike Fleming, Eli Cohen, and Rachel Zamore.
PHOTO CAPTION #2: (by Dede Cummings) Eli Cohen, age 4.
PHOTO CAPTION #3: (by Dede Cumings)
10-10-10 riders, husband and wife (and parents of Eli), Dave Cohen and Rachel Zamore (sharing a hat!), from Brattleboro, Vermont
PHOTO CAPTION #4 (by Dede cummings)
Olivia and Alice Charkes, mother and daughter, at the start of the 350.org bike action event in Guilford, Vermont
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