Boise cycling community to honor fallen rider

October 13, 2013 

The Treasure Valley cycling community will host a twilight ride Wednesday, Oct. 16 to honor 56-year-old James Kelly, who died Oct. 8 after being struck on Federal Way while riding his bike.

Representatives of the Treasure Valley Cycling Alliance, the Boise Bicycle Project and other cycling organizations will meet at 7 p.m. at the Shangri-la Tea House and Café, 1800 Overland Rd., to the site of a Ghost Bike that has been placed at the scene of the accident on Federal Way.

“Our hearts are heavy because we just did a Ride of Silence for Victor Haskell,” said Lisa Brady, President of the Treasure Valley Cycle Alliance. “Our goals for this ride are exactly the same, to raise awareness of the need for all road users to be aware, to ride and drive safely. We don’t want to have to organize any more of these rides.”

All cyclists are invited to join the Ride of Silence.

If riders are driving to the Shangri-La Tea House, please park behind the building. Headlights, rear reflectors or taillights are required of all riders. A helmet and brightly colored or reflective clothing are also recommended. The ride will proceed along the multi-use pathway on the north side of Federal Way to the location of Kelly’s tragic accident. There will be brief remarks at that point, but otherwise the ride and event will be a silent remembrance.

On Monday, Oct. 7 at about 1:30 p.m. Boise resident James Kelly was apparently coming back from the grocery store along Federal Way, towing a small red trailer with his purchases when he was struck by an SUV attempting to turn east onto Federal Way from Broadway Avenue. He died early on October 8th at a Boise hospital.

For more information on the ride visit the TVCA website at


Lisa Brady – Treasure Valley Cycling Alliance 208-761-8507

Jimmy Hallyburton – Boise Bicycle Project 208-859-3984

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