We’ll be riding from Nether Edge to Abbeydale Sports Club to join the Ride For Eric
Last November Eric Codling was riding his bicycle on Whirlowdale Rd at breakfast time on a Sunday when he was killed by a reckless driver travelling at 70mph on a quiet suburban road. The driver is now in prison but Eric’s family is still grieving for their husband and father.
The Ride for Eric has been organised by his family and friends, together with CycleSheffield and other organisations, so we can all remember Eric, raise some money for Cavendish Cancer Care (which Eric supported), and make a call for safe space for cycling in Sheffield and beyond.
There are three rides that you can sign up for including the 6 km family ride at 11am. To encourage people to take part the Bikebus will run a special service from Nether Edge, leaving at 10am. Most of our route out to Abbeydale Sports Club will use safe roads and paths, there is a section along the main road but we’ll be in a group to ensure we are visible and everybody feels safe.
The family ride will be a mass ride, with marshals provided by Cycle Sheffield to ensure safety and deal with any traffic issues. It will pass the site of Eric’s death, where a “ghost bike” memorial will be in place. Although there is a serious message in all this we aim for it to be a fund ride for cyclists of all abilities and all ages.
If you are coming, please sign up for the ride at the Ride For Eric website. It costs £10, most of which will go to Cavendish Cancer Care (some costs for running the event but several organisations have donated money or practical help to reduce the cost). You will be asked to register with British Cycling to make your payment.
As usual we will leave at 10am from Nether Edge Crossroads. Please let the bus driver know if you are coming with our magic contact form