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09-11-2012, 08:04 PM
Ride from Proteus to the Ride for Natasha Lunch and 13 mile cruise/memorial.

So for our 10am Saturday shop ride on the September 22nd, we're planning to ride down to Cheverly to meet up with the Ride for Natasha lunch and their afternoon 1pm memorial cruise ride. We'd leave Proteus at 10am, stop for snacks at Shortcake bakery (if you want), and then continue down the trails to Bladensburg marina. From there, it's through a couple neighborhoods, under the Parkway (there's a sidewalk if traffic is heavy), and through Cheverly (which is very nice but it has some substantial hills). Here is the route I'm proposing: http://goo.gl/maps/OnUmh

We'd get lunch at the Community Temple Church (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Community-Temple-Church/111600608878436), and then do their 13 mile cruise ride to the memorial at 1pm, then back to the church and then back to the shop. All in all, it would probably be about 33 mile round trip. 10 miles to the church, 13 mile cruise, then 10 miles home. Mostly on paved trails and low-traffic streets. Here is the link to the memorial ride route from the church: http://goo.gl/maps/zho73 We'd probably take the version on the lower traffic streets, and would get back to the shop probably around 3 or 4pm.

Here is a link to the Ride's Facebook page with more info (which I've also pasted below): https://www.facebook.com/events/433274840049848/

Here's a link to the Proteus Rides page, with directions to the shop etc.: http://www.proteusbicycles.com/eventsrides/

All are welcome to join us or meet up along the way. -Jeff

Join us to honor Natasha Pettigrew and celebrate what's been achieved for biking in Prince George's County.

Meet in Cheverly to ride to Upper Marlboro and return to the ride start for lunch and a discussion about how we can make our county a better place for all road users. Then a shorter ride will depart for a memorial bicycle dedication near Prince George's County Community College.

7am Meet
8am 40 mile Ride for Natasha departs
11.30am Lunch celebration
1pm 13 mile ride departs
2pm Memorial bike dedication (Campus Way S. & 202, Largo)

Natasha Pettigrew was a triathlete, Green Party candidate for Maryland Senate and law student who was killed by a car while riding on Sept 19, 2010. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/22/AR2010122204421.html

Since then, Natasha's mother, Kenniss Henry, has been fighting to improve bicycle safety laws and to increase penalties for drivers who kill bikers. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/18/AR2010111807032.html

Court case:

The driver's sentencing:

09-11-2012, 08:14 PM
Wish I could be there. Thanks for setting this up - it's a very good cause.

09-14-2012, 09:02 AM
Wish I could be there. Thanks for setting this up - it's a very good cause.

Natasha's mom came to potluck last night to talk about the ride.

Riley Casey
09-21-2012, 09:27 PM
Any suggestions for a route from Takoma Park to Proteus?

09-22-2012, 06:18 PM

Some pics -- OK, I'm a lousy photographer, but the melon shot isn't bad...

09-22-2012, 06:23 PM
Any suggestions for a route from Takoma Park to Proteus?

http://goo.gl/maps/cml7a The scenic route, anyway

Riley Casey
09-23-2012, 09:29 PM
Thanks Jeff for connecting the Proteus ride with the Ride for Natasha. Very good to see the turn out to honor and remember an exceptional young woman and cyclist and to keep the focus on safe riding conditions everywhere we may ride.

Also thanks for the introduction to Shortcake Bakery. Yet another friendly place to coffee and carb up - like I need one. :rolleyes: