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SF Teens Pedaling for Peace
 
08/21/2001
SF Teens Pedaling for PeaceTwo weeks ago students from Berkley High School left on a two-week, 600 mile bicycle trip along the California coast to present a positive message about teen-agers. They wanted to counteract the attention Santana received after the deadly campus shooting March 5.

Catherine Jamison, director of the Berkeley Police Activities League, said she came up with the idea for the trip as a way to challenge at-risk students at the Bay Area school and teach them to live together. The ride was dubbed "Pedaling for Peace" as a way to show what teen-agers can accomplish, Jamison said.

Aramon Bartholomeau, 16, said he'd only ridden a bicycle around the block before starting on the trip. He said the ride gave him confidence in himself.
"It made me realize that if I can complete this trip, I can do anything," he said. "If I put my mind to do something, I can do it."

Guadalupe Ramirez, 15, said climbing hills was the hardest part of the ride.
"I just remembered, when there's a hill, there's a downhill," she said. "That's what kept me motivated."

Del Cid said she believes that the bicycle trip will help her face challenges in her life.
"I really discovered myself and learned not to take things for granted -- like a hot shower," she said.

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