A bike ride in support of Mae Hooper and Hannah Mehain, the mother and daughter cyclists who were subject to a hit-and-run incident on Buchanan Road, drew more than 40 people, despite the stormy weather.
Dressed in bright clothes and wearing helmets, they rode along Buchanan Road May 19 in single file, past the site of the Hooper/Mehain incident.
According to organizer Ward Strong, the objective was to promote road safety awareness.
“The hit-and-run highlights the need for all users of public roads to respect each other,” said Strong. “Roads are designed for transportation by people who walk, cycle, and drive cars. All must follow the rules of the road, travel safely, and respect other users.
“This means that people who cycle and walk must be visible, predictable, and follow all rules of the road. People who drive must give cyclists and pedestrians plenty of room, slow down when passing, and recognize their right to the road. After all, that person riding or walking could be your friend, neighbour, or child.”
Hooper was able to put in an appearance at the ride, despite her injuries. When the incident occurred, Hooper and Mehain were riding on the right side of the road, wearing bright clothing and helmets, with good visibility.
“We are so lucky to be able to be active in our community to maintain our fitness, and to enjoy what we have in the Okanagan by not being afraid to go out and cycle,” said Hooper to the group of riders.
The rain held off, the evening was beautiful, and the large group of cyclists completed the tour of Buchanan Road safely.