Nevada county native Jim Rogers died January 31st 2010 while riding his bike on Highway 174. The driver who struck him had been distracted by a cell phone. For the last year and a half Rogers’ wife and son have presented programs at high schools and other groups on the dangers of distracted driving and each year a memorial Jim Rogers Bicycle ride is put on in his honor around the time of his death. It will be tomorrow morning. Friend Karen Wallack Eisen organized the first memorial ride and says Jim Rogers would appreciate the numbers of people who have turned out.
“I think the first year, we had about maybe 200 out there. Last year it was about 300 riders of all ages, sizes, shapes- all kinds of bicycles. There are actually two different routes people can take. There’s the 15 mile Lamanze Loop, which most of the group does. Then there’s a five mile shorter ride for those who are not quite up for the bigger one.”
Ride leaders will make sure no one gets lost. The ride will leave from Tour of Nevada City Bicycle Shop on Zion Street at 11 am tomorrow morning and after the ride lunch will be served sandwiches, that was Jim Rogers favorite food they’re asking for a 5 dollar donation to continue the “stop distracted driving” campaign.