Thousands of bikers will ride through town
New England’s largest charity motorcycle ride, and the state’s biggest 9/11 tribute, is rolling through area towns this Sunday, Sept. 8. About 4,000 motorcycles are expected.
The 13th annual CT United Ride, organized by Trumbull resident Fred Garrity, is a 10-town, 60-mile ride that will go from Norwalk to Bridgeport with police escort, ending in a celebration at Seaside Park in Bridgeport. The ride passes through Norwalk, Westport, Wilton, Georgetown, Redding, Bethel, Newtown, Monroe, Trumbull, Fairfield and Bridgeport. Spectators are encouraged to line up along the route to cheer on riders and honor the fallen.
The ride is sponsored by the Uniformed Professional Firefighters of Connecticut. Last year, about 2,300 riders gathered in Bridgeport for the food and entertainment and about 10,000 spectators cheered them along the way.
The opening ceremony of the ride begins at 10:30 on Sunday morning at Norden Industrial Park in Norwalk. The ceremony includes a Connecticut State Firefighters Pipe and Drum Corps, a moment of silence and a ceremony by Norwalk Fire Department honoring the fallen.
The ride will leave Norwalk at 11:30 and travel along Route 33 through Westport. It will head north on Route 7 through Wilton before turning onto Route 107 in Georgetown as it proceeds to Redding. The Wilton Fire Department will join with Westport Fire Department in flying a large American flag from their ladder trucks in the vicinity of 10 Westport Road.
Motorcyclists may register Saturday, Sept. 7, from 11 to 4 at Captain’s Cove Seaport in Bridgeport or may register the day of the ride, from 8:30 to 10:30 at Norden Industrial Park.
See ctunitedride.com for directions and details. The registration fee is $25 per rider and $25 per passenger. The money goes to Connecticut firefighters, Connecticut law enforcement, and two local United Ways.
For more information visit ctunitedride.com or search CT United Ride on Facebook.