FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 9, 2010
STILLWATER, OK- Ultracyclist Cathy Cramer of La Veta, Colorado, is attempting a record setting ride across Oklahoma. Starting west of Boise City, Oklahoma, on November 12, Cramer will ride non-stop, averaging 250-300 miles per day, to her final destination, east of Stillwell, Oklahoma. Cramer will ride more than 520 miles on Oklahoma state highways and county roads. Pending certification by the UltraMarathon Cycling Association (UMCA), her successful effort will establish the Oklahoma West-to-East cross state record (http://ultracycling.com/records/staterecords.html).
Cramer and her crew of 4, along with 3 officials, are supported by The 3 Feet Pleaseâ€ Campaign (http://www.3feetplease.com). The Campaign has one goal; to save cyclists’ lives. According to the website, 3feetplease.com, the campaign explains that it, “is critical that we help motorists understand that with or without a 3 foot law they need to give cyclists at least 3 feet clearance when passing them from the rear.”
Currently, 16 states and the District of Columbia have a 3-foot laws: Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah and Wisconsin. “I want to bring more awareness of 3-feet laws to drivers and cyclists,” says Cramer. “Letting people know how to safely share the road is important to the cycling community and road safety.”
In 2010, Cramer has ridden 10,000 miles, and competed in cycling events including the Furnace Creek 508 (http://www.the508.com/), Ring of Fire 24 Hour Time Trial (http://www.raceacrossoregon.com/roftt) 24 Hours of E Rock (http://www.elephantrockride.com/24_index.html) and the Hill Country 600k (http://www.raceacrossoregon.com/hillcountry).
Other sponsors and supporters include Budget Car and Truck Rental of Stillwater, the Stillwater Red Dirt Pedalers (http://www.reddirtpedalers.org), and Cramer’s friends and family. “With the time and energy generously volunteered by my family, friends, and the cycling community, I am able to make this ride happen,” says Cramer. “I’m excited to see the results of our shared motivation to bring attention to the 3-Feet-Law.”
For more information about 3-feet laws and bicycle safety, visit Three Feet Please campaign (http://www.3feetplease.com), Oklahoma Bicycling Coalition (http://obc1voice.org) or Bicycle Colorado (http://bicyclecolo.org).