Female WAVE against domestic violence

Maple Valley is on the route of a fund-raising bicycle ride tomorrow by women who want to stop domestic violence.

Maple Valley is on the route of a fund-raising bicycle ride tomorrow by women who want to stop domestic violence.

Eastside Domestic Violence Program (EDVP), a non-profit organization helping women and children who have experienced physical, emotional or sexual abuse, has served more than 96,000 such victims by raising community awareness, education and money. To back EDVP’s efforts, Issaquah women who formed the Rising Star Guild in 2002 as a way to give back to the community are partnering with the Lakemont Ladies Cycling Club to invite women to participate in the Cycle the WAVE (Women Against Violence Everywhere) ride tomorrow.

The inaugural event is a non-competitive women’s bike ride from Issaquah to Bellevue and back. Participants will ride through Maple Valley, Renton and other south King County locales on either 25-mile or 62-mile routes. Around Maple Valley, that will include Cedar River Trail, 276th Avenue Southeast, Southeast 216th Street and Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast.

The ride is limited to 300 cyclists. Participants can sign up online (www.cyclethewave.com) or the day of the ride.

According to ride director Sharon Anderson, the goal of the event is to raise $15,000 and awareness for domestic abuse victims.

Large signs will be placed along the roadway to display statistics and facts about domestic abuse and to represent business sponsors.

Anderson, founder and co-captain of Lakemont Ladies Cycling Club and president of Rising Star Guild for the past two years, said garage sales have been typical fund-raisers. “I got to thinking maybe there is another way” to raise money, she said.

Cycle the WAVE will start at Tibbetts Valley Park in Issaquah. It’s exclusive to females but open to riders of all skill levels and ages. Mother-daughter teams are encouraged, Anderson said.

The cost is $45 to ride. Non-riders can donate online.

Riders will get food (“It’s not going to be the usual bagel and cream cheese and peanut butter,” Anderson said. “It’s going to be real special.”), a water bottle and a t-shirt, among other things.

Proceeds will help EDVP (www.edvp.org) pay for shelter, counseling and other support for domestic violence victims.