|Riding with the group around the lake|
I joined in a ride around Tempe Town Lake on Saturday called "Link the Lake", an event in memory of a commuter cyclist named Jay Fretz who died on a ride in 2010, organized by Not One More. Several notable local blogs have stayed current with his story with comments and follow-ups:
AZ Bike Law
Tempe Bicycle Action Group (TBAG)
Nancy Puffer with more on Jay's Story, w/Photo of Jay
While commuting to work every day on my bicycle, I sometimes think about what happened to Jay: if something similar happened to me, how would it affect my own family?
But I don't dwell on the negatives, the traffic, the unpredictable, events beyond my control, cars, and so on. Rather, I try to keep my mind open and receptive, aware of my surroundings, "head on a swivel" as Jay's brother Kevin commented in one of the posts linked above. I ride because I love it. I look at that picture of Jay in the Nancy Puffer post, above, and I think about saying just that to him: Jay, I ride because I love it. It seems to me that the guy in that picture might appreciate that thought.
We were all thinking of you when we rode around the lake today, Jay. Ride in peace. Get up. Go ride.
|Crossing Mill Avenue Bridge|
|The Nutty Putty Cyclers, I presume. Spare wheel on back. Hardcore.|
|I rode a short distance with this group back into Phoenix|