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This Sunday – October 4 – I will support the 5th annual Herron Memorial Bike & Walk. Like the Ride of Silence, this event brings us together to remember loved ones who died in traffic as vulnerable road users while biking or walking. The Active Transportation Alliance helps organize this event for riders and pedestrians alike.
Nearly 200 bicyclists and pedestrians are needlessly killed each year in Chicago, and the fifth annual Herron Memorial Bike and Walk is a time to come together and transform grief into a positive future.
Gather with friends and families for the fifth annual Herron Memorial Bike and Walk to remember loved ones who have died in traffic while biking or walking. We will meet at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 4 at the North Avenue Pedestrians Bridge in Chicago‚Äôs Lincoln Park. The day wouldn’t be the same without pretzels, peanuts, red licorice and chocolate chip cookies, and a good cup of coffee.
This is an event for people of all ages and abilities. The 5-mile walk will wind through Lincoln Park and the 15-mile bike ride will head south on the Lakefront Trail.
Proceeds from the Herron Memorial Bike and Walk fund scholarships for Chicago high school graduates to continue their education.
Donations can be made to the Dick Herron Memorial Fund by calling or e-mailing Arline Welty, director of development, at 312.427.3325 x237. Register today and share your story at www.activetrans.org/memorial.
Also, mark your calendars for next year’s worldwide Ride of Silence: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 7pm local time. (If your town doesn’t host a Ride of Silence, consider organizing one and get on the map for 2010)