Cycling community to honor rider killed in crash

Cycling community to honor rider killed in crash

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by Andrea Lutz

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Posted on October 13, 2013 at 10:28 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 14 at 8:49 AM

BOISE -- The hearts of those in the Treasure Valley cycling community are heavy as they plan for yet another twilight ride to honor a second bicyclist killed on a Boise road in recent weeks.

Fifty-six-year-old James Kelly was struck by a car on October 8th as he made his way home on Federal Way. He later died at a Boise hospital from injuries he received in the crash.

A ride of silence, set for Wednesday evening, will honor Kelly. Organizers hope it will also increase awareness about the important relationship drivers and cyclists have when it comes to safely sharing the road.

"Our message is just one of caution and can't we all just get along," said Dave Fotsch with the Treasure Valley Cycling Alliance. "I think we are all thinking about it as we are riding place to place."

The same day that Kelly lost a battle with his injuries in a Boise hospital, dozens of cyclists were out peddling to remember another bicyclist who was hit and killed just weeks prior.

Victor Haskell died September 26th after he was struck by a hit and run driver on State Street.

Haskell's Ride of Silence ended at the spot where he lost his life. A ghost bike - a special bicycle painted white in honor of cyclists who have died in crashes - currently stands at the scene.

A ghost bike has also been placed at the site of the crash that ultimately claimed Kelly's life.

The ride is about remembering those lost and raising awareness for everyone who uses the road.

Fotsch said it's important for drivers to always be alert and pay attention whenever they're behind the wheel.

"Put your cell phone down, don't text," Fotsch said. "Those are the kinds of things that get people killed."

All cyclists are invited to join in Wednesday's ride of silence. It will begin at Shangri-la Tea House and Café at 7 p.m. and will end at Kelly's ghost bike.

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