New rule bars kid riders from Pelotonia | The Columbus Dispatch

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Sam Ferrell, 11, of Upper Arlington, helped to raise more than $4,000 for last year's tour, even taking Pelotonia donations in lieu of birthday gifts.
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Leroy Says

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I'll NEVER give to this group again then! This kid worked his bum off and then they (Pelotonia) turned on him!
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I'll NEVER give to this group again then! This kid worked his bum off and then they (Pelotonia) turned on him!
they still want to take the kids money...just wont let him ride his bike...how stupid....just shows they only want the money ....its all about the money
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I would never give to a fund that encourages masses of cyclists to take to public roads, nor would I contribute to the various races and walks to cure this, that or the other disease that also use public streets in their venues. Bikes belong on bike paths, not the street. Racers/walkers belong on the sidewalk, not in the street.
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dave wrote:
<quoted text>its all about the money
Isn't it always?
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Do you who comment think about what you write? It seems obvious that a fundraiser for cancer is "all about money " that's the point. The bike ride is secondary. And, everyone pays taxes for the streets and can use them. Don't know why I'm responding to these comments, they must be jokes.
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I'm fairly sure that the event's insurer told the organizers that they had to restrict entry to older children in order to keep their insurance after last year. It's probably not fair to put all the blame on them. Blame the idiot driver that hit the kid last year.
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Maybe the older riders should be excluded, since a an older one was killed, and obviously didn't do what we're all taught when young, "look both ways before crossing the street"!
It's a public road, so he should ride regardless, if his parents will let him. Who's going to stop him?
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Im amazed by the comments on here. With over 4,000 riders a safety issue is created when kids are riding. Have those who commented ridden in Pelotonia?
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Unless the roads are closed, giant group rides are a dumb idea. Period.
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The roads are public. They can't actually stop him from riding with his father the whole way. He just won't receive support from the organizers. I say he should ride it anyway.
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I get the new rules. I am all for safety.
However, I'd like Sam's address to send him my donation.
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Really wrote:
I get the new rules. I am all for safety.
However, I'd like Sam's address to send him my donation.
Safety aside, doesn't it seem like America, the biggest helecopter parent of all, is bent on raising a generation of wimps?
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how much of that money raised goes to Cancer Doctors making $500K + per year for 'research'?
Bill from the north side

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seriously wrote:
Do you who comment think about what you write? It seems obvious that a fundraiser for cancer is "all about money " that's the point. The bike ride is secondary. And, everyone pays taxes for the streets and can use them. Don't know why I'm responding to these comments, they must be jokes.
Just because a road is public does not mean it is safe for bikes. The insurance costs would likely come out of the monies raised. After last year's tragedy, I wonder how much that would be?
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Jun 2, 2011
 
BOO, on not allowing kids to ride in Pelotonia!

I think that is aweful, kids should be able to ride with their parents as a show of support.

If Sam Ferrell, 11, of Upper Arlington, who helped to raise more than $4,000 for last year's tour, even taking Pelotonia donations in lieu of birthday gifts, wants to ride and is raising money, shame on you for not allowing him to ride.

Maybe the rule should be 14 or 16 without a parent and I don't think there should be a limit on the number of miles. You don't know he might be the next Lance Armstrong...

Also, why not have a separate start time for families or teams with kids?...like Race for the Cure does.
You could have a competetive "Time Chipped" start, non-competative start and family start.

Disappointed Survivor, volunteer and virtual rider,
T Survivor08
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What is this really about? If he wants to ride, has parental permission, and the parents sign a release, WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?
Beneficiary of Research

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get out of the street wrote:
I would never give to a fund that encourages masses of cyclists to take to public roads, nor would I contribute to the various races and walks to cure this, that or the other disease that also use public streets in their venues. Bikes belong on bike paths, not the street. Racers/walkers belong on the sidewalk, not in the street.
Hopefully you pray everyday that you never need to be the beneficiary of the results of the research and treatment/help paid for by these various races and walks to cure this, that or the other diseases.

Perhaps they can compromise and come up with a safe route for the younger riders.
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I've said it before and I'll say it again, Pelotonia is a joke! Listen, I have NO problem with raising money for cancer research- its a noble goal. BUT, I do not agree with the 'practices' they incorporate to do so. I frown upon these folks, not for what they do, but for how they do it. On another note, I agree with the other posts- if the kids wants to ride, let him! They can't pull him out of it- its a public road! He has just as much 'right' to it than anyone else does, regardless of the event.
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I say let my 3 year old ride on his Big Wheel.

Why would that be a problem for anyone?

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