Friday, July 26, 2013

Cyclists gather Saturday for Edwin Gardner memorial ride

RIDEdwin remembers beloved Gardner

Posted by Kailey Miller on Fri, Jul 26, 2013 at 2:26 PM

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  • Charleston Moves
A bike, painted white and bedecked with flowers, sits on Montagu Street by Lockwood Drive, where it stands as a memorial for Edwin Gardner, a beloved husband, father and friend who loved biking, but passed away after a tragic accident in 2010.

Join fellow cyclists this Saturday in remembering Gardner during the annual RIDEdwin memorial ride, now in its fourth year. The short, police-escorted bike ride will begin with a brief rally at Cannon Park at 9 a.m. All ages are welcome. The event celebrates the feel of community that Gardner loved and his desire to make Charleston more bike-friendly.

“Camaraderie and inclusion are the best part of the events. Everyone feels connected and everyone shows up — from spandex cyclists to families with babies. Even dogs have joined in the ride,” says Pam Sullivan of Charleston Moves.

Before his death, Gardner was an active member of the Charleston community. A skilled kayaker and boat builder, he founded the Mosquito Fleet to teach underprivileged youth about Charleston’s maritime history and share his love of the water. He was also a member of the Peninsula Task Force that deals with alternative forms of transportation.

RIDEdwin is held annually to keep Gardner’s visions alive.

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