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Ghost bikes in the news

Posted by Paul Taylor on September 22, 2009

I first saw ghost bikes in Seattle, WA some five years ago. I didn’t know they had a name, but I did know they made a statement. Then a couple of them sprung up here in Michiana. Today, they made news in the South Bend Tribune. Read the Tribune article here.


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Shane McGee Sentenced to Two Years in Prison

Posted by Adam Bee on October 2, 2008

The South Bend Tribune reports that the man who hit and killed Patrick Sawyer in a drunken hit-and-run has been sentenced to two years in prison and five years probation.

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Cycling Advocacy in the Tribune’s Michiana Point of View

Posted by Henry Scott on September 6, 2008

Somehow I missed this on the day it was published (September 3rd), but Kathleen Petitjean wrote a very strong cycling advocacy piece for the South Bend Tribune’s Michiana Point of View. Here’s a direct link to her essay (unfortunately, it will only be freely available for a few more days).

The piece is even more poignant because it was written in direct response to the death of Patrick Sawyer; tragically, Peter Kaczor’s death apparently occurred in the interval between submission and publication.

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Driver Pleads Guilty to Two Charges

Posted by Henry Scott on August 15, 2008

The driver responsible for the death of Patrick Sawyer pleaded guilty this morning to both leaving the scene and DUI; this story is covered in the South Bend Tribune online: LINK.

Update (8/16): The Tribune published a longer, and quite moving, article today: LINK.

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Patrick Sawyer Court Hearing

Posted by Paul Taylor on August 12, 2008

The hearing has been postponed until Friday. Read the full story in
The South Bend Tribune.

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Appropriate Consequences for Negligent Driving?

Posted by Henry Scott on August 7, 2008

When cyclists are injured by the mistakes of motorists, how should our legal system determine when, and to what extent, the driver should be punished?

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Bicyclists raise $15,700 for Sawyer’s children

Posted by Nate Barnett on July 31, 2008

Here is another great article in the Tribune by Joseph Dits. link Being one of the people that attended the ride on Tuesday that did not know Patrick personally, I found the attendance and support from the community to be a testament to how great a person Patrick truly was.

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355 Bikers Show for Patrick Sawyer Memorial Ride

Posted by Jeff Nixa on July 30, 2008

According to an Outpost employee at Tuesday evening’s Pat Sawyer Memorial Ride, 355 bicyclists were present and counted as they left the parking lot of Northpointe School in Granger.   The Ride, organized by Matt Mooney and JV Peacock, was designated as a fundraiser for the Sawyer family.  J.V. said “Our goal is to raise $10,000 for Patrick’s family.”  A large number of donations were received at the event itself, including one cyclist who donated $400, “one hundred for each of Patrick’s children.”

Patrick’s wife Nancy, her children and several other family members were present at the start of the ride, and Nancy was visibly moved by the spectacle of so many riders, of all ages, including families with children who participated in a 4-mile family ride prior to the regular longer rides.   “I can’t believe all this support,” said Nancy, just one day after Patrick’s funeral.  “I don’t even know these people!  I know I will have my bad days, but right now I feel a real lightness and energy from people like these.”

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Press coverage of Patrick Sawyer’s funeral procession.

Posted by Paul Taylor on July 28, 2008

I did not try to count the number of riders; I would guess there were 50 to 100. It was a sad ride, but I was happy to see all the support from the cycling community. Read a news article.

Update (7/31) : A few pictures have been added below by Henry Scott:

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Funeral Procession Ride with Police Escort: Monday, 7/28 @ 9:30 AM

Posted by Henry Scott on July 25, 2008

This will be a bicycle procession in honor of Patrick on the day of the funeral. We will have a police escort, and it will be a short and somber ride; it is meant to be slow to remember and show respect for our fallen friend. Additionally, we hope to remind motorists of the need to share the road, and the responsibility they have as drivers to be aware of cyclists.

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