Cedar Falls Participates In Cyclist Memorial
Cedar Falls Participates In National Cyclist Memorial
Walking through Downtown Cedar Falls on a Saturday morning is relaxing. Right now, the farmers market is in full swing, so plenty of people are buzzing along the streets. As I strolled along, checking out all of the vendors at the market something caught my eye.
In Overman Park, right beside the farmers market was a bike painted in white and a flag waving in the wind. As I got closer I saw twenty-nine crosses with names on them.
It turns out that Cedar Falls participated in the national Ride of Silence initiative.
Each of the names on these crosses was of people in Cedar Falls and Waterloo who had died while cycling. Each memorial had a press clipping that covered their death.
The twenty-nine names of Cedar Valley bikers who have passed away while cycling and were honored at this memorial include:
Todd P. Weston Jr.
Vera Ribeiro Sulentic
Charles Tom Bridge
Jermey Ray Williams
Larry Wiggins Senior
Michael Joe Mann
Gary L. Clipperton
On May 19th Downtown Cedar Falls took part in the national memorial ride. This year marked the nineteenth anniversary of the ride.
Riders began the eight and a half mile silent trek at 6:20 PM and concluded at 7:15 PM, and was held by the Cedar Valley Cyclists. The ride in Downtown Cedar Falls began at Overman Park, West 3rd Street, and Clay Street. Riders rode from Overman to Main Street Greenhill Road Cedar Heights Drive, Grand Boulevard, and State Street.
The very first Ride of Silence took place in 2003 at White Rock Lake in Dallas. It was organized by Chris Phelan after an endurance cyclist Larry Schwartz lost his life after being hit by a bus's mirror in 2003.
You can read more about the event on the official Ride of Silence website.
Ride of Silence Honors Cedar Falls and Waterloo Bikers
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