Wife of cyclist killed in crash speaks the night before his memorial ride


by SHELTON GREEN / KVUE News and Photojournalist CHRIS SHADROCK

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Posted on December 27, 2013 at 11:14 PM

Updated Saturday, Dec 28 at 7:19 PM

ROUND ROCK, Texas – An Austin non-profit called Please Be Kind to Cyclists is hosting a memorial ride in Round Rock Saturday morning for a married father of four, who was killed while riding his bike a week before Christmas Day.

44-year-old Joseph Holan was on the frontage road of Interstate 35 near 1431 heading in to work on his bicycle on Dec. 17. A Texas Department of Transportation spokesperson told KVUE it is legal to ride a bicycle there.        

Round Rock Police said a driver didn’t see Holan hit him and killed him.

“He risked his life for us going to work to make a living for us,” said Melissa Holan, Joseph’s wife of 21 years.

Holan was wearing a safety vest and helmet. Round Rock Police investigators are still trying to determine if he had working headlights and taillights. 

Cyclists will gather at 9 a.m. in the REI parking lot in Round Rock, and the ride will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Participants including Holan’s family will be there to put up what is known as a ghos tbike in his memory.

“I would like for everyone in the community to open their eyes and make sure that, when they see a cyclist, that they realize that that's either a father, a brother, someone who is important, and they need to respect their space,” said Melissa Holan.

Go here for more information on Saturday's ride.