Community honors victims of tragic bicycle crash on anniversary with 'Finish The Ride'

Services mark Kalamazoo cycling crash anniversary

KALAMAZOO, MICH. - Wednesday, June 7, marks one year since a Kalamazoo man slammed into nine bicyclists, killing five of them while seriously injuring four others.

Survivors will join community members to honor the lives of those they've lost.

Members of the Chain Gang Bicycle Club are holding an Inaugural "Finish The Ride" memorial ride. There are two routes planned. One of them is the 28-mile path the group of cyclists set out on the night of the fateful crash.

Related: Survivors reflect on year after fatal bike crash in Michigan

They are asking members of the community to line the roads in a show of support. Riders will take off from the Kalamazoo County Health Services parking lot at 6 p.m. That is located at 3299 Gull Road in Kalamazoo. The pace will be 16 to 17 miles per hour.

The other, a 12-mile route will depart five minutes later. "Both routes will offer police escort and roads closed to motor vehicles and sag support," according to the event website.

Organizers are asking for a minimum donation of $20 to participate. Organizers say all donations will go through Kalamazoo Strong and will be used toward building a physical memorial near the crash site and also be used to promoting cycling safety and advocacy.

Prior to the memorial ride, Saint Thomas More Catholic Parish will hold a memorial mass. That will be held at 5 p.m. at the parish located at 421 Monroe Street in Kalamazoo.

Members of the Chain Gang are asking people to join them for fellowship at Bells Brewery for fellowship following "Finish The Ride."

More details, including how to register  can be found by clicking here.

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