Memorial ride for cyclist


by JADE MINGUS / KVUE NEWS and photojournalist JP HARRINGTON

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Posted on December 28, 2013 at 7:18 PM

Updated Saturday, Dec 28 at 7:30 PM

AUSTIN -- The group, Be Kind to Cyclists, organized a memorial ride Saturday morning for a father of four who died while riding his bike to work.

Joseph Holan, 44, of Georgetown was hit and killed by a driver Dec. 17, when he was riding his bike in the southbound frontage road of I-35. The driver remained at the scene and has not been charged.

Saturday morning dozens of cyclists gathered in the REI parking lot in Round Rock and rode to the area where Holan lost his life. His wife Melissa and family members wore matching yellow shirts and led the way.

"He's a great guy, he would do anything for anyone," said his wife Melissa during a short ceremony. "He cared about others more than himself."

On his blog, Advantage Bike, Holan advocated for a safer route for commuting cyclists. The frontage road of I-35 has no shoulder and is poorly lit. Holan wore a reflective vest and helmet everyday according to his family, and police confirmed he used those safety measures on the day he was hit and killed. 

Holan's family installed a white ghost bike in his memory along the frontage road just north of RM 1431, to serve as a reminder for drivers and cyclists to safely share the road. 

"I think he would be really proud to know everyone is out here raising awareness for the cause he fought so hard for," said his Holan's niece Brittany.  

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