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Huge DC bike rally for safer streets to take place on Saturday

Organizer Dan Langenkamp said 1,500 riders are expected at the weekend rally.

WASHINGTON — More than 1,000 people are expected to ride to Capitol Hill to demand safer streets from lawmakers in memory of US diplomat Sarah Langenkamp. Langenkamp was struck by a truck on a bike path in Bethesda in August.

The “Ride for your Life” rally is being organized by Langenkamp’s husband, Dan Langenkamp. Langenkamp is partnering with cycling groups including Trek Bicycle, PeopleForBikes and the Washington Area Bicycling Association (WABA) for the rally which will take place on November 19.

The trip will begin at 10 am at Wood Acres Elementary School. The route will take participants to the crash site on River Road, near Brookside Drive, and to Capitol Hill.

Langenkamp said that as of Friday, more than 1,500 people have registered to participate. It will be the largest ride ever organized by the Washington Area Cycling Association, according to Langenkamp.

Maryland Representative Jamie Raskin is expected to speak at the rally, along with Trek President John Burke.

The goal is to require $200 million in federal funds for local government to improve bike routes and implement new truck regulations, including additional training and the use of automated driver assistance systems.

“The ride will retrace Sarah’s bike ride that day,” Dan told WUSA9. “There are some big organizations that are working on bike safety and asking for an allowance, but I think this kind of ride is the first of its kind.”

Sarah was riding her bicycle home from her son’s school when a driver struck her. She was in the bike lane when the van struck her as she made a right turn, according to police.

The family moved to Bethesda just three weeks earlier after they were recently evacuated from Ukraine, where she was a diplomat at the US Embassy in Kyiv.

His death garnered a lot of attention and helped Dan raise $281,000 through a GoFundMe set up to support safer streets initiatives. Dozens of people also participated in a memorial in his honor.

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