Bike Safety Week kicks off in Tupelo

By Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Cyclists of all levels can participate in a series of events as part of the city’s second annual Bike Safety Week, which kicked off Monday and goes through Friday.
Organized by the family of fallen cyclist John Paul Frerer, the week recognizes the importance of bicycle safety and encourages motorists to keep a look out for those on two wheels.
“We’re here to spread a message about sharing the road,” said Liria Frerer, mother of the Tupelo High School senior who died while cycling in August 2009 when a truck struck him.
Frerer and her family spearheaded the effort after seeing similar efforts elsewhere in the country. They teamed up with community leaders, volunteers and businesses to hold the events.
It started Monday with free bicycle inspections at Bicycle Pacelines. An evening bike ride is planned Tuesday with the Tupelo Bike Club, and a memorial ride will take place Wednesday to honor John Paul Frerer and all other fallen cyclists. Free food by Romie’s and music by the Jeff Houin Jam Band will be provided afterward.
“It coincides with the Ride of Silence, which is always the third Wednesday of May, and it’s worldwide,” Frerer said.
Children will get free safety lessons from the Tupelo Police Department on Thursday, and National Bike to Work Day caps the week on Friday.
For more information or to volunteer, visit the Tupelo Bike Safety Week Facebook page.
emily.lecoz@journalinc.com