Just like magic the rain stopped and the sun came out in time for the Memorial Jimmy Rogers Bicycle Ride Saturday morning. A crowd of about 200 people were there to launch the ride in honor of the local cyclist who lost his life two years ago on highway 174 due to a distracted driver. Jim’s widow Carolyn Rogers saw then off and began preparing lunch for the crowd.
“We probably had a couple hundred people here and we had a gentleman come up today and goes, ‘where’s your donation jar? Here you go” and he left and he gave us a $100 bill. So immediately I started crying and ran after him and gave him a big hug. This is our community where people are willing to share. It’s amazing.”
One of the riders Cheryl Lin Ilg says she realizes the dangers of riding in traffic.
“I’m a cyclist in Nevada County. Not a racer kind, and a strong supporter of Tour of Nevada City Bike Shop and getting motorists to be more aware of us out on the road and I would appreciate it if they would not call or text while out on the road. It’s put a fear in me when I’m out on the road these days. I know we can all share the road. It’s a great event. It’s good to see such a community turnout.”
Donations will go towards continuing the education campaign for people to not use their cell phones or other distracting devices while driving, and to share the road with bicycle riders.