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Dear Friends,

If you know me, by now you know my passion for the bicycle as an "instrument of good". The bicycle lends itself as a tool for families to reconnect and ride the local streets, or paved walkways, it allows some of my closest friends to commute full time to work and earn their modest living, it helps reduce congestion in areas that need it one car at a time and it helps those fighting health issues to use the bike as a tool to find an appropriate exercise for themselves.

Last year I embarked on the first Ride on Washington with friend Tim Johnson and our industry national advocacy group Bikes Belong.

Five days of riding from Boston to Washington found us challenging ourselves to raise funds to support Bikes Belong activities. Government funding is being cut at an alarming rate for this alternative form of transportation and Bikes Belong has been there to walk their talk on behalf of any of us that ride a bicycle for the reasons I mentioned.

Bikes Belong helps grow programs in communities committed to sustainable infrastructure in areas such as helping communities install a 'Safe Routes to School' program to help kids find safe ways to get to school that incorporate the bicycle, they help cities & urban communities provide the necessary infrastructure such as bike lanes and assisting other groups in the rails to trails program growing across the US.

Any donation you can make, big or small has me humbled you would care for such a worthy cause, let alone something so personal to myself & my family. Thank you for stopping by & your consideration even if you chose not to support this specific cause. 

Visit the Ride on Washington website or Facebook page for more info. The ride has each rider required to raise $2500 in order to be eligible to ride. I am grateful for any donation you would consider.

Thank you friends.

Matthew Simpson

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