Green Ribbon Ride to Pass Through Newtown, Honor Sandy Hook

The May 5 ride, which starts in Shelton and ends in Trumbull, will pass through Newtown Sunday.


through Newtown this Sunday when the Green Ribbon Ride honors the families of the Sandy Hook School shooting victims. The theme is "Riding to Remember and Honor Newtown's 26 Angels."

Monroe Police Lt. Brian McCauley says people are welcome to park legally along the bike route and cheer the riders on as they go by this Sunday, but for those who don't, he recommends avoiding the area between 11 a.m. and noon.

"We anticipate large traffic tie ups and major intersections will be closed as motorcycles go through," McCauley said. "We anticipate up to 45 to 50 minute delays at each intersection."

The swarm of bikes will leave from the corner of Howe Avenue and Cornell Street in Shelton and follow a police escort up Route 110 to Route 34 in Derby, Seymour, Oxford, Monroe and Newtown before making a left onto Route 25 and heading south through Monroe and Trumbull.

The bikers will turn right onto Main Street in Trumbull, before ending their route at the Trumbull Westfield Mall.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Newtown Surviver Fund, Newtown Police Union, Newtown EMS, the five Newtown fire departments, local children's charities, The Center for Women & Families and Al's Angels.

Still Time to Ride

Fred Garrity Jr., who is executive director of the annual CT United Ride remembering 9/11, is also the director of the Green Ribbon Ride. Other ride officials include Greg Gnandt and Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire Assistant Chief Anthony Capozziello.

The Green Ribbon Ride is sponsored by all five Newtown Fire Departments — Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue Co., Hawleyville Fire Co., Botsford Fire Rescue, Newtown Hook & Ladder and the Dodgingtown Fire Co. 

The start of the ride is hosted by the Town of Shelton and its Mayor Mark Lauretti.

There is still an opportunity to ride. It costs $20 per person and there is a limit of 3,000 riders.

Pre-registration will be at Carl Anthony Restaurant at Clock Tower Square, 477 Main Street in Monroe, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Registration on the day of the ride will be from 8 to 10:30 a.m. at the starting point in Shelton on Sunday.

For more information, visit greenribbonride.com.

AT May 02, 2013 at 02:31 AM
My husband (and SHS dad) is riding - bummer the don't go past Candlewood - since many of us from the school will be at the family fun day at the beach.
Dottie J May 04, 2013 at 03:27 AM
I am all for helping the folks in Newtown but has anyone given thought to what the sound of 3000 motorcycles taking an hour to travel through the town is going to do to the children and adults suffering from PTSD from the Dec tragedy, not to mention the still raw nerves of all the people of Newtown? Has NO ONE equated that sound with what those poor children heard that sad day? Good Lord....I know people want to help but is this the best way.?. Motorcycle riders can't think of another way to raise funds than make a ridiculously loud spectacle and close down miles and miles of major roads in the area for a couple hrs on a beautiful Sunday? Have any of you been in the home of an elderly person when one of these motorcycle groups go by? They have no idea what it is and are terrified by the sound. Do you REALLY want to potentially scare the hell out of someone who may not know about it? I commend you all and think your intentions are truly generous and heartfelt but I dont think it was thought through as to current stress levels and the noise/vibration caused by 3000 motorcycles simultaneously going through Newtown. I have a much better idea....we need an attention getting march(or ride) on Washington to get the attention of our elected officials who refused to pass gun law restrictions. Please get 300000 of your bikes and make Washington sit up and REALLY pay attention to those of us who cannot understand why ANYONE aside from the law need a large magazine automatic weapon.


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