Valley Forge Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Second Annual Bell to Bell Bike Ride to Be Held Sunday

More Than 400 Cyclists to Ride From Philadelphia’s Liberty Bell to the Justice Bell in Valley Forge

VALLEY FORGE, Pa., May 26 /PRNewswire/ — On Sunday, May 29, the second annual Valley Forge Convention and Visitors Bureau Bell to Bell Bike Ride, presented by the Wachovia Cycling Series, will mark the 85th anniversary of Pennsylvania’s ratification of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Women’s Initiative of the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania. Registration is still open and will be accepted on site at Fifth and Market Streets from 9:00-10:45 a.m.

WHEN: May 29, 2005

9:00-10:45 a.m. Onsite registration and free bike checks
Registration is $30.00 per person.

10:45 a.m. Opening ceremonies, Fifth and Market Streets, Philadelphia
Participants include the Phillie Phanatic; president of Amoore Health
Systems and honorary chairperson, Renee Amoore; Rep. Dwight Evans; WPVI
Channel 6 and Don Polec; and characters from Lights of Liberty.

11 a.m. Ride Start, Fifth and Market Streets, Philadelphia
Cyclists will be escorted by police motorcycles and Subaru cars through
the city on the route below. A team of volunteer marshals will also
escort the riders.

12:00-2:00 p.m. Finish Line Family Festival: Washington Memorial Chapel,
Rt. 23, Valley Forge
Presented by Radio Disney, WMGK and featuring Heroines from History:
Sojourner Truth, Lucretia Mott and Susan B. Anthony. Food will be
provided by Hatfield Meats, Stroehmann Bread, Stonyfield Yogurt, Herr’s,
Lipton Tea and Procacci Brothers Sales. First cyclists are expected to
arrive around 12:30 p.m.

2 p.m. Closing Ceremonies: Justice Bell, Washington Memorial Chapel,
Valley Forge
Participants and spectators will have the opportunity to ring the Justice
Bell. This 2000-pound replica of the Liberty Bell was forged in 1915 to
promote women’s suffrage, and traveled the country with its clapper
chained to its side, silent until women won the right to vote. On
September 25, 1920, it was brought to Independence Hall and rung in
ceremonies celebrating the ratification of the 19th amendment.

ROUTE: West on Market Street; RIGHT on Juniper; LEFT on JFK Boulevard;
RIGHT on 16th Street; LEFT onto the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to use the
inner lanes. Half way around Logan Circle; RIGHT at Eakins Oval at 23rd
Street, turning onto the right lanes of Kelly Drive. Follow Kelly Drive
to Ridge Avenue. Go toward the left at the Ridge Avenue/Main Street split
onto Main Street. Take Main Street to Shurs Lane – go right on Shurs Lane
to Cresson, left on Cresson, to Green Lane – Left on Green, right on Main
street, up about 600 feet and onto the tow path – to Valley Forge.

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