The Boise cycling community will hold a twilight ride Wednesday, Oct. 16, to honor James Kelly, 56. Kelly was riding his bike when he was struck by a vehicle. He died on Oct. 9 of injuries sustained. It will be the second such memorial ride in as many weeks.
The same day Kelly died of his injuries, area cyclists were taking part in a ride to honor Victor Haskell, 53, a cyclist who was struck and killed by a vehicle on Sept. 26.
“Our hearts are heavy because we just did a Ride of Silence for Victor Haskell,” said Lisa Brady, president of the Treasure Valley Cycling Alliance. “Our goals for this ride are exactly the same: to raise awareness of the need for all road users to be aware, to ride and drive safely. We don’t want to have to organize any more of these rides.”
The Oct. 16 Ride of Silence begins at 7 p.m. at the Shangri-la Tea Room and Cafe on Overland Road and continues to the site of a so-called "ghost bike" on Federal Way that has been placed at the scene of Kelly's accident.
Headlights and rear reflectors or taillights are required of all riders. A helmet and brightly colored or reflective clothing are also recommended.