Thursday, July 28, 2011

Andrew Runciman Memorial Ride

On April 30, 2011, around three hundred Austin cyclists came together to honor the memory of Andrew Runciman. Andrew was tragically killed by a hit-and-run driver on South Lamar. Friends, family, and co-workers rode their bicycles together to show respect for Andrew.

Please Be Kind to Cyclists, the Thursday Night Social Ride group, and Bike Texas organized this memorial ride. Around 7:00 in the evening everyone started pedaling south on Lamar escorted by three police cars. The ride took the right lane forming a procession that was more than five blocks long.

Now there is a ghost bike, a Please Be Kind to Cyclists sign, and a flower garden at the location where Andrew was hit. This small piece of land, right in front of Red’s Porch, was donated by the property manager. The garden was planted and is maintained by Al Bastidas and co-workers of Andrew. Al says, “I try to water the plants once or twice a week, but with this heat, more water is needed.” Contact Please Be Kind to Cyclists to learn how you can help maintain this garden.

Bazaarvoice, the company where Andrew was working at the time of his death, has joined the efforts to raise funds and awareness. They have kicked-off a fundraiser to help Please BE KIND to Cyclists and Bike Texas as they continue with their mission of making our streets safer for all cyclists. Check out Bazaarvoice’s efforts and join the cause at

More information about this tragedy can be found at:

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