Just a quickie here as pressed for time, but wanting to get this out while the Ride of Silence is fresh in our memories.
VERY nice coverage from our local media:
Plus, unbeknownst to me at the time (DOH!) while on our ride I briefly met in passing, another local BIGTIME Sparker: STRIVERONE:
It was great to re-connect with many of my local bike club. In addition other local bike clubs joined forces with our Ride of Silence, the Tioga Velo Club and the Finger Lakes Cycling Club. PLUS there were so many appreciative members of the extended Rice family and the deaf community who so beloved our sadly departed Dottie Rice who was an instructor and interpreter for the deaf community.
There have been many bike club members who stopped riding their bikes since Dottie's death and her husband gave a wonderful speech in which he said with such heart and conviction that Dottie would love nothing better than to see us all BACK ON OUR BIKES and celebrating the JOY of LIFE ON TWO WHEELS!
To put in better perspective the wonderful success of our local Ride of Silence I recently heard from another member of SparkPeople who participated in their Ride of Silence down D.C. way.
Guess how many turned out for their event? Remember this is Washington D.C., the place you hear so much buzz about how cyclo-centric their metropolis has become...!
No news coverage whatsoever.
The press last covered their Ride of Silence TWO YEARS AGO!
Compare that to Binghamton's 200 attendees STRONG and FULL media coverage!
Now: is there ANY doubt that Dottie's spirit was with us in FULL FORCE?!?
What a wonderful evening it was for everyone there and hat's off again to everyone's heart-felt and concerted efforts in creating such a special time for our community!
PS...Oh and a VERY important afterthought: tomorrow is National Bike to Work Day! Yours truly is STRONGLY tempted by this and sorely misses his cycling commutes...stay tuned to see if I follow through! And if you can, I urge EVERYONE to bike to work tomorrow!