Ride of Silence postponed due to weather

Ride of Silence postponed due to weather

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The annual Ride of Silence, scheduled for Wednesday, has been postponed due to the weather.

Officials with Charleston Moves say the event will be rescheduled for a later time.

As many as 600 bicyclists were expected to take to the streets of the peninsula to raise awareness for bike safety.

The global event, hosted by Charleston Moves, also pays tribute to those who have lost their life or been injured in a bicycle accident.

The event begins and ends at Hampton park. Participants will do a 7-mile loop around the peninsula, with a police escort.

One man will be riding in honor of a friend who lost his life while doing something he loved.

"We're showing up as a group, in the name of our friend Jathon "Jae" Bellamy, who, on February 25, was struck and killed," said Jason Eisenberg.

"Jae" Bellamy, of Goose Creek, was riding his bike at night on Cosgrove Avenue in North Charleston.

"The night that he was killed, it was raining, it was very cold and he was struck from behind," said Eisenberg.

Jae died later that night from his injuries.

"Jae was a life long cyclist, proponent of cycling safety. as well as. cycling as a sport and a lifestyle," said Eisenberg.

Eisenberg will be joined by family and friends, hitting the pavement for the Ride of Silence for Jae.

"Jae's not the first," said Peter Wilborn, lawyer for Bike Law. "This community has lost a lot of prominent citizens over the years and what happens is people get really ramped up about the cause, of course, when the tragedy and the grieving is most acute."

Bike Law, a national law firm based in Charleston that represents injured bicyclists.

Wilborn, too, has lost a loved one to this kind of tragedy.

"My brother was killed on a bicycle in 1998," said Wilborn.

Wilborn participates in the Ride of Silence each year to honor his brother. Bike Law is also organizing the event with Charleston Moves.

Wilborn says families and friends never forget these accidents, but these events help the community remember them too.

"What's happening now is that that passion around the cause is staying lit, all year around," said Wilborn.

Jae's friends and family are also raising awareness about his unsolved case. They'll be wearing tee shirts during the ride that say "Come Clean for Jae."

"Be aware that there are cyclists on the road, they have rights to be on the roads and it could have been one of your loved ones," said Eisenberg.

There is a $20,000 reward for any anonymous tip that leads authorities to the hit and run suspect in Jae Bellamy's case.

Drivers should be prepared for some traffic delays as the Ride of Silence event is happening down King Street and Ashley Avenue.

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