This weekend Mags and I are doing our most important ride of the year. The Josie Johnson Memorial Ride is a sub-20 mile, leisure ride from Sugarhouse Park to Mill Hollow Park. In years past there have been hundreds of cyclists, most of whom seem incapable of riding with a group, enduring cold, wet weather to honor Josie Johnson and other cyclists killed or injured on Utah roadways.
It’s short. It’s slow. It’s chaotic. There’s a 40% chance of rain. So why is this ride so important? The purpose of the ride is to raise awareness of, as well as among, the cycling community. Cyclists are equally responsible as motorists to know and follow traffic laws. If cyclists know and obey traffic rules, motorists are more likely to respect our rights on the road. If motorists see thousands of cyclists out on the streets on Saturday morning, they’re more likely to keep an eye out for us at other times.
So if you live or ride in the Salt Lake area, you should join Mags and me at 10:30 Saturday morning at Sugarhouse Park. We’ll be cruising our tandem.