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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 5, 2011

City’s Aim4Peace program hosts Peace Ride to stop violence

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Health Department’s Aim4Peace program has partnered with the Redline Riders Motorcycle Club to present the Second Annual Peace Ride on Saturday, Oct. 8, from noon to 4 p.m. The event will be at Blue Valley Park, 2301 Topping Ave.

“The Second Annual Peace Ride is an opportunity for residents to join with Aim4Peace and the historic biker associations in our ride for peace through our streets,” said Chris Pace, president of the Redline Riders Motorcycle Club. Pace encourages residents to join the movement to stop the shooting and sign a Commitment to Peace agreement, which will be made available at the event.

The Peace Ride begins at noon with fun for the family, vendors from the community and plenty of hot rod bikes and antique cars. At 1 p.m. the bikers will participate in a 24 mile ride through various parts of Kansas City. When the bikers return from the ride at approximately 2 p.m., presenters and attendees will discuss the history of African American motorcycle clubs and their part in the peace movement to stop the homicides.

Last year, more than 100 bikers and 300 residents participated in the first Peace Ride partnership between Aim4Peace and Redline Riders Motorcycle Club, which focused on how biker clubs can become more involved with decreasing violence in the community.

Trophies will be awarded to the motorcycle club with the most representatives in attendance at the Peace Ride and the car chosen by the crowd as the “best antique car”.

For more information about this event, call Aim4Peace at 816-513-7902 or email aim4peace@kcmo.org. More information on the Aim4Peace program may be found online at www.kcmo.org/aim4peace or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/aim4peace.

Media inquiries on this topic should be directed to Jeff Hershberger, public information officer, 816-840-2548 (pager). Follow the Health Department on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, www.facebook.com/kcmohealthdept, www.twitter.com/kcmohealthdept and www.youtube.com/user/kcmohealthdept.

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