Who can be a Police Unity Tour Member?
There are two categories of membership to this organization and both are equally important to effectively accomplish our goals and objectives.
Riders: Open to all full time or part time law enforcement officers, whether active or retired. A retired officers is defined as an officer who has completed the mandatory years to be eligible for retirement for their department, or has been retired due to disability. All active duty officers must be in good standing and not currently under investigation. Civilians 18 years of age or older who are survivors of fallen officers.
Support: Open to all full time or part time law enforcement officers, whether active or retired. Civilians 18 years of age or older, who are employed or affiliated with law enforcement agencies and related organizations or possess specific training or skills required to safely and effectively assist the organization may apply. These requirements include, but are not limited to: dispatches, first aid personnel, doctors, nurses, lawyers, mechanics (automobile and bicycle) and members of organizations such as Concerns of Police Survivors, Domestic Response Teams, etc. There are two categories of membership to this organization and both are equally important to effectively accomplish our goals and objectives.
Motor Support: Open to all Currently Police Motor Certified Officers, whether active or retired.
Wait List: Due to the availability of lodging and also for safety considerations, it is necessary for us to set limits on the number of participants we can accept as riders, support, and motor support. If you find that we have closed our rider category, for example, but you still want to be participate, you can choose to participate as a Support member. Support is a great way to be a part of the event and also a great way to see "what's what" for those who have not participated before. We would not be able to go ANYWHERE without our Support Teams!
However, if you feel that you only want to be a rider, then you can sign up on the wait list. We always have people drop for various reasons and wait list persons will be added in the order that they are received. You will be called when a slot opens and activated if you still desire to participate. You can call or email us periodically to check the status of your position in the wait list. We can have as many as 30 drops per year, so don't hesitate to get a position on the list!
What are the Ride Dates?
Chapter IX leaves the Philadelphia area on May 9th and arrives in Washington, DC on May 12th. The Candlelight Vigil is May 13th, and check out from the hotel in DC is May 14th.
How much does it cost to participate?
Each rider must raise a minimum of $1850.00, Support and Motor Support members must raise a minimum of $1850.00. New members, riders and support, are required to have $500 in sponsorship by December 1st, 2016 or within 45 days of their acceptance into the Police Unity Tour if joining in November or later. Returning members must have $750 raised by January 1st, 2017 and ALL MEMBERS must have their full sponsorship funds in by April 10th, 2017. The sponsorship money is non-transferable and non refundable.
Additionally, there is a $75 application fee which is non-transferable and non-refundable. Each member must also purchase the required uniform.
What equipment do I need to participate?
All riders must have a mechanically sound and functional bicycle, helmet and eye protection. We HIGHLY suggest that the bicycle is a "road" bike, and not a mountain or hybrid type. Chapter IX has significant elevation changes in it's route and riding a mountain or hybrid cycle will make the ride more difficult.
Do I have to wear something specific while participating in the Tour?
Yes, the organization has uniform requirements.
All riders must wear a PUT jersey (short or long sleeve) everyday and black riding shorts/pants.
All support personnel must wear a blue support polo everyday and either black, blue, or khaki shorts or pants.
How far is the route?
The mileage is approximately 260 miles. The ride will be a mixture of flat roads, hills, twisty back roads, high traffic areas, and beautiful scenic roads.
What is the pace?
You should train or be comfortable riding approximately 15 miles per hour. Hill training should be part of your preparation routine as there are a significant number of hills on our route.
Is there an airport near the send off hotel?
Yes, Philadelphia International Airport is only about 1.5 miles away, and there is a complimentary hotel shuttle.
How do I get back from Washington, D.C. after the ride and the Candlelight Vigil is over?
You are responsible for your own transportation arrangements. This applies both to those who will be returning home from the Memorial after the arrival ceremony and those staying in Washington, D. C. on the nights of May 12th and 13th.