Unity in the Community Bike Ride
On April 11, 2015, the 2nd Annual Unity in the Community event was implemented by the Town of Capitol Heights, the District of Columbia’s 6th District Police Department, Maryland National Park and Planning, Prince George’s County/ District of Columbia’s Fire Departments and several other state and local agencies.This event was held at the Oakcrest Community Center in Capitol Heights.
“Unity in the Community” serves as a catalyst to assist local law enforcement with a way to get to know the needs of their citizens, as well as provide citizens with useful information and services. This year's event theme was 'Health & Wellness'.
Getting It In Cyclists partnered with the Capitol Heights Police Department Community Outreach Council (CHPDCOC) to host a bike ride to kick off the Unity in the Community event. There were 8.5 mile and a 10.5 mile routes for beginning riders. These routes took you through the town of Capitol Heights down to Walker Mill Park and then back to Oakcrest Community Center. There was also a 31 mile route which took you through the town of Capitol Heights down to Upper Marlboro and back to the Oakcrest Community Center.
At the beginning of the ride, there was a ribbon cutting where there were officers from Maryland and DC along with Mayor Marnitta L. King showing a united front. It was a great way to start off the bike ride.
This bike ride would not have been possible without the assistance from Capitol Heights Chief of Police Anthony L. Ayers. He assisted with getting police escorts to ensure a safe ride for everyone, food for the rest stops, and buses available in cases of an emergency. We also had some awesome volunteers to help support the rest stops and provide SAG support. A special thanks goes out to those police officers that escorted the cyclists. Proceeds from the bike ride went towards helping the CHPDCOC raise money to continue supporting social development programs in the surrounding communities.
There was also a “Unity in the Community” Symbolic Bike Ride with Mayor Marnitta L. King, a representative from DC Council Member Alexander's office, Metropolitan Police (Six District), Metro Transit Police, Prince George's County Police, Maryland National Capitol Park Police, Seat Pleasant Police and Capitol Heights Police. It was only 5.8 miles, but seeing the smiles from citizens, seeing officers from so many different agencies riding together, was priceless. The symbolic ride went from Minnesota Ave., NE, Washington, DC to the "Unity in the Community" Event in Capitol Heights, Maryland.
The Unity in the Community event was a great success with live entertainment, games, health and food vendors, exhibitors as well as a health and wellness expo for all citizens. The bike riders also had an extra treat to register their bikes and receive a free bike lock.
The following video was recorded by Kevin Cheeseboro from Phase Cycling.
What did some of the participants say about this ride?
Demetris: Had a great time and it was an excellent route. Pit stops, police escort, it was all perfect. Awesome event and well done!
Kevin Watkins: Great ride!
Al Jefferson: I really enjoyed myself, First ride in 3+ years
Kevin Cheeseboro: Thanks for putting on such a great event! "Getting It In" has always been a first class organization!