Ride for bike-safety awareness honors Kelly Boe
MIDDLEBURY — All bicyclists are invited to join the Walk/Bike Council of Addison County, Middlebury Safe Routes and Kathy Boe on Wednesday, May 9, for a slow-paced bike ride in honor of those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roads, including Boe’s late husband, Kelly.
Kelly Boe was killed while out bike riding in 2015; this ride was started and named in his honor.
A goal of the ride is to raise awareness that we all share the road and share responsibility for keeping it safe.
Participants are asked to assemble at the entrance to Middlebury Union High School between 3:30 and 4 p.m. to check in and sign the participant waiver, copies of which will be on hand. Please wear a helmet. The route will go through Middlebury and Weybridge via Weybridge Street and Hamilton Road; bikers will be escorted by police and return to MUHS by about 5 p.m. Cyclists should not cross the center median during the ride. The ride will proceed if there is gentle rain, but be postponed to Friday, May 11, if there is heavy rain, thunder or lightning.
Donations can be made at registration. Checks can be made out to MUHS with “Kelly Boe Ride” indicated in the memo line. These funds will be dedicated toward the Kelly Boe Scholarship Fund and improving bike parking and road safety.
Organizers thanked those volunteering that helped with the ride, including MUHS, Middlebury Police Department, Middlebury Regional EMS, Addison County Sheriff’s Department, Vermont State Police, Frog Hollow Bikes staff, other cyclist escorts and especially Kathy Boe.
Middlebury Safe Routes hosts “Walk and Roll to School Day” on the first Wednesday of month, monitors traffic patterns and student travel behavior, plans activities to teach bike skills and rules of the road, and recommends improvements to roads, parking lots, drop offs, sidewalks, crosswalks, traffic lights, signage, bus routes, bike routes, bike racks, and more. Join the middbikeped email list by going to sites.google.com/site/middbikeped.
Walk/Bike Council of Addison County is a county-wide, citizen-led advisory group that meets every 6-8 weeks in Middlebury. The Council seeks to build momentum and capacity for safer walking and biking to our towns and villages. Council members work with state and regional agencies, municipal staff, schools and other interested community partners. Anyone interested in taking part should visit walkbikeaddison.org or email Claire Tebbs: [email protected].
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