Cops Ride is a Cleveland area non-profit organization composed of volunteers from both the law enforcement community and the private sector. Cops Ride's ambitious goal is to offer a long, enjoyable, and safe motorcycle ride every year as a fund raiser for various law enforcement related charities. To date, Cops Ride has donated $50,000 to local, state, and nation wide charities (http://www.copsride.com/beneficiaries).
On June 30th 2013, we will host our fifth annual ride, this time benefiting The Greater Cleveland Peace Officers Memorial Society (http://policememorialsociety.com/).
2013 Cops Ride Agenda:
9:00 AM– Staging begins on Lakeside Road (All bikes are to approach the area by taking Lakeside west off of East 9th Street).
10:30 AM - Ceremony at Cleveland Peace Officers Memorial. Featuring The Cleveland Clinic Honor Guard to present Colors, and The Cleveland Police Pipes and Drums.
11:00 AM to 12:45 PM -Fifty Mile Police Escorted Processional Ride past several police departments
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM – Food and entertainment after the ride at SOUTEAST HARLEY DAVIDSON.
Tickets will be available Until June 29th, 2013 at the following locations:
Southeast Harley Davidson (http://www.southeastharley.com/aboutus.asp)Western Reserve Harley Davidson (http://www.westernreservehd.com/)Harley Davidson Sales Company (http://www.harleydavidsoncleveland.com/aboutus.asp)
Lake Erie Harley Davidson (http://www.lakeerieharley.com/contactus1.html)
A&S Cycle (http://www.a-scycle.com/) (North Royalton)
Registration will also be available the morning of the ride at the staging area on lakeside.
The cost is a $20 donation per person (not per bike) and includes a free "Cops Ride" T-shirt for all people registered before June 16th, 2013. For those registering after June 16th, "Cops Ride" T-shirts will be sold the day of the event for $20.
This is a police escorted ride that draws hundreds, if not thousands of bikes. Please be certain of your riding ability and be familiar with large group riding before registering. While the course is basic for most riders of moderate experience the sheer number of bikes can be overwhelming. On a 1-10 scale this is a 5 just based on its size. Please consider this when registering.
You can download registration application at this link to fill out and take to registration points: http://www.copsride.com/register
PLEASE READ BEFORE RIDE (Instructions for Riders given at registration):
During the processional ride, all bikes must remain in staggered formation with a one to two second gap between your bike and the bike in front of you. Larger gaps will create a problem with maintaining the processional ride formation, so please maintain a tight staggered formation thoughout the entire ride. This is for your safety and the riders around you.
Police escorts will always be to your left, be aware they may be passing at higher speeds and may occasionally have to enter in front of your bike due to oncoming traffic. All traffic intersections should be covered by local police or volunteers however you are responsible to make sure that if an intersection is not policed, be aware of traffic at all times. Again YOUR safety is YOUR primary responsibility. If your bike has a mechanical problem please pull to your RIGHT and out of the processional formation. If the bike in front of you exits the ride please fill the gap in front of you. Do NOT switch bike lanes during the entire processional Route. NEVER PULL OUT OF THE PROCESSIONAL RIDE TO YOUR LEFT. It is understood that although efforts are made to secure traffic intersections during the ride they are not always secured by police and gaps may occur between bikes, therefore in the event a car attempts to enter the intersection please give way to the vehicle as your safety is your responsibility. Please see Release of Liability Form.
Big thanks to Dave C for suggesting this and taking the reins.