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.
Sriani Chinniah says
Thank you for planning the bike ride in memory of Alex Motsenigos. He was married to my daughter . I hope there will be better bike paths for all bikers every where.
Thank you again and please pass our thankyou and appreciation to all who participate .
Sriani, our hearts and thoughts will be with you on Saturday as we’re out doing what Alex loved. Best to the family.
Rebecca, Do you have more details on the ride? I would love to participate in Alex’s memory. Perhaps you can send info to the Swellesley Report to post? Thanks.
Jon Ramos says
Excellent ride. If you couldn’t make it, here is the short video I took. Ride & Drive safe everyone.
What a beautiful day today was to see so many bikers show up to ride in honor of our dear Alex. My heartfelt thank you to Brian and Rebecca for organizing this event. Thank you to all those who participated. God bless you all as you do what you enjoy doing the most. Stay safe.