Bicyclists to ride in honor of man hit and killed

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BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) -- Local bicyclists will ride in silence tonight AT 7:15 in support of hurt or killed cyclists.

The twilight ride happens every year and honors a cyclist killed.

Victor Haskell is being honored and his family will be in attendance and will speak.

Police say Haskell was riding his bike along State Street, near 30th, when he was hit by an SUV that drove away from the scene on Sept. 26.

A bike painted white with Haskell's name on it now sits at the scene as a memorial to raise awareness about sharing the road with bicyclists.

James Kelly will also be remembered. He was hit and killed while riding his bike near Federal Way and Broadway Monday afternoon.

Local cyclists say it hurts to lose a member of their community to an accident that could have possibly been avoided.

"Here's a guy who was doing everything right," said Dave Fotsch, director of Boise Bike Share Project. "He was riding home after his job, in the lane of traffic, where there were two lanes there and any vehicle could've pulled over. In fact in Boise, it's an ordinance that you give cyclists three feet to pass, and that clearly didn't happen."

People from bike organizations around Boise will be joining in the bike ride tonight.

Anyone is welcome to attend, but a helmet and bike headlights are required and reflective clothing is recommended.

The ride will start at Sunset Park and end at 30th and State, where Haskell lost his life.

Members of the Treasure Valley Cycling Alliance and the Boise Bicycle Project, which are two groups that are running the ride, said a ghost bike will be made for Kelly but might not be done for the ride. But, they will be honoring him in some way.

It's been a dangerous month for cyclists on Treasure Valley roads. On Tuesday morning, a young boy was also hit while riding his bike in Kuna.