Manchester, 29 September 2013

Manchester, 29 September 2013

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Peace Group joins ‘Around the World in 90 Days’ Bike for Peace tour

                                                         Rochdale and Littleborough Peace Group joined 8 Norwegian mayors and Kjell Magne Bondevik, the former Norwegian Prime Minister, as they started the Around the World in 90 Days Bike for Peace from Manchester on Saturday (15 March 2014).

From Manchester, the Norwegian Group plan to cycle back to Oslo via London, Paris, Nice, Rome, Tehran, New Dehli, Beijing, Hiroshima, Tokyo, Kansas, Indianapolis, Washington DC and New York. They will be hosting a reception with the mayor of Hiroshima to commemorate the tens of thousands of victims of the nuclear bombs dropped on Japan in August 1945. They are travelling with a letter of support from the current Norwegian Prime Minister, Erna Solberg.

Philip Gilligan joined the 8 mayors with his own bike at the Lord Mayor’s reception in Manchester town hall, cycling with them to Platt Fields Park where they all rode the Sri Chinmoy Peace Mile.

Philip said “It was inspiring to meet a group so committed to spreading the message of peace across around the world. Their slogans and objectives are ones which I am sure many people in Rochdale would be eager to support. They include the immediate abolition of nuclear weapons and support for the casualties of the nuclear attack on Hiroshima and of nuclear testing and disasters in Semipalatinsk in Kazakhstan, in Nevada and at Chernobyl in Belorus. The cyclists from Bike For Peace and Mayors for Peace are also promoting the integration of disabled persons, gender equality and cycling as a way to help the environment and to reduce global warming. We wish them well in their campaign”

See for more information about the Bike For Peace ‘Around the World’ event.

See  for more (professional) photographs of the Bike For Peace events in Manchester on Saturday (15 March 2014)