Lowcountry cyclists ride to remember Edwin Gardner

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Two wheels. Twenty one gears. One lifestyle. It's a lifestyle Edwin Gardner lived until his tragic death last year after his bicycle was hit by a car on Monatgu Street in downtown Charleston.

To remember the man that lived to better the community around him, more than 250 cyclists throughout the Lowcountry met at Cannon Park and rode to the Battery in his honor.

A sight that overwhelmed his late wife, Whitney Powers.

"It was really symbolic of really all that Edwin was about as far as being involved in the community," said Powers. "He believed the bike was a better way to connect with the community than a car and it was important for us to keep that legacy going."

But the ride also reminded those in the biking community, like Philip Whirley with Charleston Moves, that bicycle safety around Charleston is still far from where it needs to be.

"Edwin Gardner, unfortunately, is not the only life that we memorialize," said Whirley.

The death of Dr. Mitchell Hollon at the beginning of this month is still reverberating throughout the community as well.

Hollon was killed after Charleston police say a van drifted into him on the James Island connector, hitting and throwing him over the side of the bridge.

Whirley says these deaths have added much heartache to a community that is still pedaling for safer roadways.

"It's the continuing the awareness the education of the people making sure folks are aware cyclists are out there," says Whirley. "Cyclists have a place on the road too."

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