Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Ride of Silence

The Ride of Silence is a silent bicycle ride intended to commemorate and honor cyclists killed and injured while riding their bicycles. It is also intended to raise awareness of cyclists and cycling, and assert our right to be able to share the roads safely without fear of death and injury. Tragically, the Owensboro-Daviess County area is honoring one of our own - David Nuckols.

David was killed when his bike struck a dog while riding in eastern Daviess County on 29 April. This ride also raised money for the David Nuckols Memorial Scholarship Fund at OCTC. David began riding last fall as a way to stay healthy and spend time with friends and neighbors who also ride. The ride began at Panther Creek Park at 6pm. A spaghetti dinner was held after the ride and donations were collected for the David Nuckols Memorial Scholarship Fund to support vocational education, especially welding, at Owensboro Community & Technical College.
There were about 80 riders out tonight and we left the park entrance in pairs for the ride. Unfortunately, a woman who was out to commemorate David Nuckols and others who died or were injured while riding their bikes, had an accident herself. According to reports, she suffered a compound fracture to her arm, just as the memorial ride began. We keep the Nuckols family, all who have survived a bike accident and those who rode tonight in our prayers.
Today's Mileage: 10.5 miles
2008 YTD Mileage: 143.6 miles
Miles to reach 2008 goal of 750 miles: 606.4
Avg Price of Gas in the 'boro: $3.72



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