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-Photo montage of the 2017 Green Valley Ride of Silence-

Over 400 cyclists in Arizona, ages five to mid-eighties, joined others at 350 locations in the United States and 100 international locations in the Ride of Silence the evening of May 17. Two years ago, only two Arizona locations observed the Ride of Silence. This year that grew to seven. The Ride of Silence began fifteen years ago in Dallas by a cyclist who lost a friend to a passing bus and is a silent ride to remember those killed and injured on our roads and highways.

In Tempe, more than one hundred riders stopped at two locations where friends had lost their lives when struck. The wife of Jay Fretz was on hand to share some words. It was seven years to the day since he had died. Bagpipes played in Tucson while 160 riders gathered. The mayor and a councilman spoke to cycling issues, and spouses who had lost partners offered words of encouragement. Police cars and motor units provided escort for the ten mile ride. In Williams, High School mountain bike coaches, team members, and friends and families honored Chloe Schneider. Chloe was a fellow MTB team member in Buckeye who was struck from behind this past November. In Sedona, it was cool but that did not stop a small number of riders from departing from the city hall on their ride through West Sedona.

Eighty-five cyclists rode in Green Valley under sunny skies but with some wind. They welcomed David Waechter from Phoenix who talked about his 3feetplease.org initiative. He also announced the naming of the Jim Jordan Bikeway in recognition of his advocacy efforts, and welcomed LT Pratt back to the community as a staff person with the Fire District, having previously been with the Sheriff Department in Green Valley. Saddlebrook had 32 cyclists participate plus a few golf carts. They paused to remember friends who had been killed or injured in past years. After the ride, refreshments in the local club house were enjoyed. Wind and cold did not deter over 35 riders and volunteers for Prescott's second annual participation in the Ride of Silence. Riders were led on a quarter mile "Parade Loop" around the historic Courthouse Square, then on an eight mile "Tour Loop" by three members of the City of Prescott Police Department Bike Patrol. In Cottonwood, many riders showed up for their ride which was combined with a City Parks and Recreation event.

Chuck Hill, Arizona State Coordinator, Ride of Silence


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MONTHLY MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS 
 
Monday, June 5, 2017
 
 

GABA June General Membership Meeting
Monday, June 5, 2017
7 pm

Guest Speaker: Daniela Diamente
Director, El Grupo Youth Cycling

El Grupo empowers youth through bicycles by fostering values that support youth both on and off the bike, now and into their future. For over 10 years, El Grupo has taught respect, personal responsibility, and healthy life choices to thousands of youth in our programs. Through donations from the community, El Grupo provides all bikes, equipment, clothing and gear to youth who would not otherwise have the opportunities. El Grupo has served this ongoing role for youth in need in our community to a growing number of youth since our founding in 2007. We are so proud and grateful that GABA has been our longest standing supporter. Come hear about all the ways that your support has helped El Grupo grow over the years, engage and empower more kids, and have a lasting positive impact on our community.
 
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GABA Jerseys Are Back!



GABA has a newly designed jersey, with a lower-than-ever purchase price! The short sleeved jerseys, in sizes for both men and women, are full zip, club cut, and sell for only $35 + $2 tax!

These GABA jerseys are sold exclusively at the Loop Bike Shop.  Owner, Michael Wilkinson, is ordering the jerseys in lots of 50, but the popularity of the jersey is causing it to sell quickly. So hurry in to get yours today!

If you find that your size is already sold out, you can try on a Loop Bike Shop jersey for size, as they are made by the same manufacturer. Michael will take pre-orders for the next order placed, and call you when they are in.

Start looking for this knock-out jersey on a ride near you!
 



 
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