Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Honoring those we love - Ride of Silence

It's that time of year again, when we take a moment to honor and remember the cyclists who have lost their lives on our roads. Among those we are honoring this year, is Jim Chelius. The family and friends of Jim Chelius have made road safety his lasting legacy through supporting BikeWalkLee and the #BeSeen Safety Movement - Bike Lights.

Almost $2,000 in donations to the #BeSeen Bike Lights campaign have been made in memory of Jim. These donations will help BikeWalkLee and their community partners buy and distribute bike lights to vulnerable road users (details forthcoming, but keep an eye out around the time change this fall!).
Jim Chelius

To learn more about the #BeSeen Safety Movement - Bike Lights campaign check out our earlier blog on it written by the campaign's champion, Cindy Banyai. Donations to the campaign are still being accepted through the campaign's GoFundMe page -- a $25 donation will buy 10 bike lights and keep people safer on our streets.

Everyone is invited to participate in the Ride of Silence. You can find more information on that below:

Wednesday, May 20: Ride of Silence, to honor cyclists killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Leaves at 7 p.m. from Centennial Park, 2000 West First Street, Fort Myers. Riders are requested to wear black armbands, or red if they have personally been injured in a cycling vs. motor vehicle accident. Free, no registration necessary. Also the Sanibel Bicycle Club, in collaboration with Billy's Bikes and Matzaluna Restaurant, has organized a ride from Sanibel, leaving from the Matzaluna Restaurant (1200 Periwinkle Way) over the Causeway bridges and back. Arrive at 6:15 for a pre-event, with ride starting at 7 p.m.  Both are free, no registration necessary.

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