REISTERSTOWN, Md - Larry Bensky's favorite time to ride was the morning.
When there were few cars and a lot of quiet.
Time to clear your mind and enjoy being in the saddle.
By riding early he could concentrate on the important things like his family.
"We had two small kids Gabrielle and Catelyn and were just three and seven and what he tried to do was ride in the morning while everyone was sleeping so he could be at home and share in the family life afterwards," Larry’s wife Tami says.
But three years ago Larry and his friend Joel were riding on Butler Road.
They were riding along the side where cyclists are a familiar sight.
It was a typical afternoon ride when a van came up behind them.
"The woman that was driving said she saw Larry and Joel [but] she doesn't know what happened," Tami said.
Larry was killed his friend Joel was critically injured.
The only thing anyone can determine is that there was not adequate space given to the cyclists on the road.
And that's a huge problem facing cyclists every day.
But Larry's ride didn't stop that day.
Since 2010, his friends, family and cyclists from around the region celebrate his life with Larry's ride.
They raise money to increase awareness of cyclists and bike safety.
In many case drivers don't understand the rights of cyclists on the road.
“It's so important that motorists share the road bicyclists are considered vehicles and we have the same rights and it's important that we’re viewed as equal on the road." Carol Silldorff of Bike Maryland said.
The ride is about education and safety but it also about a guy and his bike; someone who loved the open road and the quiet of the morning so he could be with his family and whose death has led to great change and safer roads.
“The loss is immeasurable however when you're faced with tragedy and faced with loss you have to reach for the silver lining if something good can come out of this it is increased awareness motorists being a little more careful on the road and saving the next life...that's what's important.” Bensky said.
Larry's Ride will be held beginning at 7 a.m. Sunday at the JCC's Camp Mildale at 5425 Mount Gilead Road in Reisterstown.There will be three rides of different levels: a 65-, 35- and 21-mile ride. There will also be a lot of fun post ride activities, music food and games.
Proceeds will go to bike Maryland a non-profit dedicated to promoting cycling and cycling safety.
Advanced registration is closed. However, people can still sign up the day of the event, For more information, visit bikemd.org
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