Bike for Peace, a Norwegian-based not-for-profit dedicated to promoting peace, disarmament, and democracy, will arrive at the Temple World Plaza on May 1, located at River Boulevard and Lexington Avenue in Independence. A four-rider team will arrive for ceremonies at 3 p.m. and will be accompanied by local riders as they cycle from Kansas City to St. Louis.

The speaker will be Bike for Peace president, Tore Naerland, who has organized peace and friendship rides in more than 110 countries since 1978. Also giving speeches will be Independence Mayor Eileen Weir, Nicki Cardwell, Emmanuel Cleaver’s community representative and Cathi Cackler Veazy, post Hiroshima visit. There will also be singing, live music, handouts and more.

This event is sponsored by the World Church Peace & Justice Team, and is open to all without charge. All are welcome, with or without bikes, to gather under the international flags and rally for peace.

If you’d like to participate in cycling from Kansas City to Independence, or for more information, email Lu Mountenay at Part-way riders meet at Graceland University campus, 1401 W. Truman Road, Independence. For more information, call 816-252-5724.