Cyclists are planning a 21-mile ride starting at Hardy Elementary School on Weston Road in Wellesley to mark the 1-year anniversary of Wellesley resident Alex Motsenigos being killed in a collision with a truck not far from the school.
The ride, which begins at 10am on Saturday, Aug. 24, will consist of a 21-mile loop that goes through Westwood and Dover (though cyclists better avoid Turtle Lane). Riders of all abilities are invited to join, and are welcome to ride shorter loops.
An email being passed along to cyclists states that “This is in memory of Alex but also to remind people that cycling is a part of the community and we need to share the roads.”
The driver of the 18-wheeler that collided with Motsenigos last summer was not indicted by a grand jury, though the Motsenigos family did file a wrongful death suit against the driver and the companies that employed him and owned the truck. That suit hasn’t yet been resolved.
Since the accident, the town has taken steps to improve cycling safety in Wellesley, including forming a Bicycling Safety Initiative.
An actual cycling race in Wellesley is also in the works, possibly for next spring.