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Cyclists Take Bike Ride To Remember Natasha Adams

July 17, 2014, 9:55 PM by Jared Ransom

Cyclists Take Bike Ride To Remember Natasha Adams
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

They may not know each other, but now, they are family. Bike riders from all over Sioux Falls made the journey from Minnesota Avenue to the site of Wednesday's crash that took the life of 22-year-old Natasha Adams.

"Any time we have a cyclist that's killed, the cycling community really bands together. It takes a little bit of social media and a couple phone calls, an email here or there," organizer Chris Parsley said.

It is a story that has every rider, including Joe Brown, looking closely at the risks people take when bikes and cars get too close.

"We've all had close calls. Had one coming over to get here. A lady almost didn't see me, she was on the phone, came within about two feet of me," rider Joe Brown said.

Once they all got on their bikes and hit the road, their thoughts shifted to a person taken too soon.

"I think it's something that every cyclist feels when they hear a story like this. It's such a sad situation, sad for the families on both sides. Everyone feels akin to that, even though they don't know the person," rider Clint Kolda said.

Along the route, riders also hope to send another big message. Bikes and cars can share the roads without anyone getting hurt.

"You wouldn't be talking to me as one voice, but as a group and as a community of cyclists, we can get a message out to folks in the community," Brown said.

"We're going to be riding on the street, in traffic, where we belong, not on the sidewalk, making a statement. A quiet statement," Parsley said.

Once they made it to the scene, everyone paid their respects as they all realized why they were riding.

"I've never met the person, but if it can cause somebody to think, maybe pay attention just a little longer, maybe that's the message that can come from something like this," Brown said.

The group that organized the ride tonight also placed the ghost bike where Adams died.

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