Posted: Sep 4, 2012 10:23 PM
Updated: Sep 5, 2012 4:40 AM
Dozens of bicyclists took to the streets of Lexington Tuesday in memory of Thomas "Rick" Kerr. Kerr was riding his bicycle on Russell Cave Road Thursday, August 30th when he was hit and killed by an SUV. In a memorial to him, Kerr's friends and family placed a white painted bicycle, known as a "ghost bike" there.
In a moving tribute, a sea of bicycles flowed on Lexington's streets during rush hour.
"They stopped traffic, and people were waving," says Kerr's daughter, Jennifer.
Cycling was more than a means of transportation to Kerr. It was a way of life.
"That work he did at Broke Spoke, just how he touched so many people while he was here, it's a legacy that my girls will have," says Kerr's widow, Denise Kerr.
Thomas Kerr was a volunteer at the Broke Spoke Community Bike Shop, where he helped fix up bikes for the needy.
"We're definitely proud of him," says Denise Kerr.
His friends' goal is that long after the cyclists have finished their more than a mile trek from the Broke Spoke to where Kerr was hit and killed on Russell Cave Road, where his mangled bike lay, you'll still remember. That's why they are dedicating a "ghost bike" in Kerr's honor. The bike was made at the shop, and is painted all white.
"It's hard to describe. It's almost overwhelming to see that, and see that here where the accident was," says Denise Kerr.
Friends take pictures of the memorial, and there's a moment of silence. They hope the ghost bike will send a message.
"I hope that it's a reminder to drivers as they are going by here...for people to be more careful of the bicyclists or the pedestrians or whoever is on the road," says Denise Kerr. "Just slow down a little bit. Wherever you're going."
No charges are filed in the crash, but the investigation is ongoing.