Topeka Bicyclists to Dedicate Ghost Bike and Stage Ride of Silence
Topeka, Kansas, May 8, 2014
Ghost Bike Dedication
The Kaw Valley Bicycling Club will commemorate the death of Neil Douglas Rogers, who was struck and killed by a motorist nearly 25 years ago while riding his bicycle in southwest Shawnee County.
Mr. Rogers was killed on September 16, 1989 while riding east on 21st street between Indian Hills and Urish roads. Bicycle club members will erect and dedicate a Ghost Bike at the park maintenance
facility just west of Urish Road on 21st Street at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 21. The bicycle was donated by the Topeka Community Cycle Project.
A Ghost Bike is a small, somber memorial to bicyclists who are killed or hit on the street. Bicycles are painted all white and secured to a sign as a reminder of the tragedy. Approximately 700 cyclists are killed in the U.S. each year. For more information, see ghostbikes.org. Members of the Topeka City Council and Shawnee County Commission have been invited.
Three Topeka organizations will stage a Ride of Silence to honor cyclists on Wednesday, May 21, 2014, starting at 6:30 p.m., rolling at 7:00 p.m. It will begin and end in the parking lot west of KTWU on the Washburn campus, 1700 SW College Avenue. The Kaw Valley Bicycle Club, the Topeka Community Cycle Project, and Cyclists at Washburn have planned the ride, the first one held in Topeka.
The Ride of Silence, now in its eleventh year, will begin in North America and continue to roll across the globe. Cyclists will take to the roads in a slow, silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roads. Although cyclists have a legal right to share the road with motorists, the motoring public often is not aware of that right, and is sometimes not aware of the cyclists themselves.
It is a free ride, and cyclists ride no faster than 12 mph and remain silent during the ride. The ride is held during National Bike Month and Week, and aims to raise the awareness of motorists that cyclists have a legal right to the public roadways. For more information about the ride in general, see rideofsilence.com.
All cyclists are welcome. Cyclists should arrive at the start by 6:30 p.m. for instructions and a short presentation. The cyclists will start riding promptly at 7:00 p.m. Helmets are required, and lights are suggested. The 9.6 mile loop planned route will take the cyclists through downtown and into North Topeka, and circle back to the campus often on Topeka bikeways. The ride will occur rain or shine.
In 2013, the 10th Ride of Silence, there were 372 events world wide. Rides were staged in all fifty States and in twenty-six countries. A total of 12,374 individuals rode in 2013.
For further information, contact Reid Stacey at wekahiker@ yahoo.com or 233-1474.