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Residents and passers-by who are around the area of Edmond Town Hall Saturday morning March 24 will likely see Team 26, the cycling squad led by Sandy Hook resident Monte Frank as they gather before pedaling up to a rally later in the day in Hartford.
According to an advisory, members of Team 26 along with other members of the Connecticut cycling community will be departing from Edmond Town Hall to take part in the March for Our Lives at noon at the State Capitol.
Cyclists will begin gathering at about 8 am for the planned departure at about 8:30 am.
Following the 12/14 tragedy, Mr Frank, a Newtown resident and father of children who attended Sandy Hook Elementary, responded by creating Team 26 – a group of 26 cyclists representing the 26 souls who were taken on December 14, according to the team’s website.
That first year and for the subsequent three years, Team 26 rode from Newtown to Washington DC to raise awareness of the lax gun laws in America. But in 2017, for the 5th anniversary of the ride and a response at Washington’s lack of action, Team 26 turned their backs and rode from Washington to Newtown.
As Team 26 enters its sixth year and with its founder Mr Frank a declared candidate for Lt Governor, the bike messengers plan to return to their original route to deliver a new message: ban assault weapons and high capacity magazines and do not arm teachers.
That ride, which will begin with a public rally, is scheduled for May 5-8.