Ride of Silence Honors Endicott Cyclist
5/15/2013 (Updated 11:03:38 PM)It's called a ride of silence.
"It's an international event to raise awareness cyclists are on the road and also to honor folks who've been killed while cycling," said Regina Losinger, president of the Southern Tier Bicycle Club.
This year's ride in Binghamton had a special meaning-,encouraging riders to get back on their bikes.
"One wheel at a time. One crank at a time. You know Dottie would want you to do that," said Don Rice, Dottie's husband.
The Southern Tier Bicycle Club is riding four miles throughout Binghamton in honor of one of their own.
Dottie Rice of Endicott was killed last year while riding her bike in Owego on Route 434.
"I met her a good 25 years ago on a bicycle ride on Castle Creek Road on the way to Whitney Point and we were side by side riding down a hill and laughed. I knew we were going to be friends from that moment on," said Losinger
"She was a fantastic person, she worked with the deaf community. She was all about helping others," said Geri Demarco, friend of Dottie's.
Dottie even helped her niece get back on a bike after her own biking accident.
"After she and my uncle took to the roads and went across country 4,000 miles, I thought if they could do that, I could get back on a bike and she kind of road with with me. She helped me get through my fear of riding a bike again," said Brienne Schmidt, Dottie's niece.
For some, Wednesday's four mile ride will be the first time they are getting back on a bike since Dottie's accident. Although the ride is called silent, this year they plan to bend the rules a little.
"We have been mourning for six months. It's time to speak and it's also time to tell passersby what we're up to and to ask them to share the road with us," said Losinger.
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