Come out to Edwin's Ride and celebrate bicycling (update: post-event video)

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Update July 31: Some 250 people turned out to remember the death of Edwing Garner, all the others who met an untimely end while biking in Charleston, and to generally just show support for biking in Charleston.

Live 5 News was there and has a solid video report (watch it over here or up top) and The Post and Courier has a brief (read that here.)

– Update by Ken Hawkins.

First reporting: Bicycle safety has taken the front seat of many-a-conversation this month, particularly following Dr. Mitch Hollon's being killed eariler this month while bicycling.

And on Saturday, bike enthusiasts will be gathering together to celebrate the mode of transportation during the 2nd annual Edwin's Ride.

On July 21st, 2010, community teacher Edwin Gardner was struck while biking and passed away several days later. On July 31st of last year, hundreds of people gathered together to participate in Edwin's Ride, a memorial bike ride organized by's Peter Wilborn.

The ride was so successful that the organizers put a second ride into plan for this year. But the difference is that this year's Edwin's Ride (or RIDEdwin, as some call it) won't be a memorial bike ride--it'll be one celebrating bicycling and its positive impact on the community, all the while emphasizing the need for enhanced bicycle safety.

Edwin's Ride will begin at 9 a.m. at Cannon Park at Calhoun Street and Rutledge Avenue. Everyone is welcome to attend, regardless of skill level, so bring all your family and friends.

Get more info about the ride and Edwin's story over at Charleston Scene's report here.

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