A team of 26 cyclists began a 400 mile journey from Newtown to Washington D.C. today, in order to memorialize the 20 children and six adults killed at Sandy Hook Elementary school by raising awareness on the need for changes in gun safety legislation.
The riders were sent off at 8:30 this morning in an event that was attended by members of Connecticut’s congressional delegation.
The team is made up a mix of professional and amateur cyclists from throughout the Northeast. Three of them are from Newtown and two of them have children who attended Sandy Hook Elementary School.
The Sandy Hook Ride on Washington plans to end in the nation’s capital for a news conference on March 12th where they will discuss the need for gun safety legislation. The riders support common sense measures to help curb gun violence such as requiring all gun buyers to pass criminal background checks.