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McKinney Cyclist Honored in `Ride of Silence’

Submitted by TSB Community

Friends of Steven Allan Miles ride in his memory at White Rock Lake

On Wednesday, May 16, bicyclists all over the country participated in the 10th Annual “Ride of Silence.”  The ride, which was founded in Dallas by cyclist Chris Phelan, both honors fallen cyclists and promotes awareness that bicyclists have a legal right to ride on public roadways.

This year’s ride had special significance for some McKinney residents.  On March 16, 2012, Steve Miles was killed by a drunk driver while riding his bicycle on a residential street in McKinney.  Since his death, his girlfriend of six years, Susan Mardele, and Steve’s relatives, friends, and co-workers have come together in several ways to memorialize his life. Steve was a teacher, a gardener, a bicyclist and hiker, a handyman, and an avid contra dancer.  He had only lived in McKinney since 2010, but he had already made an impact on many lives. Susan felt that participating in the ride was an appropriate way to honor Steve’s life.  “I want his life to matter,” she said. 

So on Wednesday, 12 people gathered in McKinney and traveled to Dallas to ride.  Susan had shirts made that they all wore, with a picture of Steve on his bike and the dates of his birth and death.  They joined hundreds of other bikers in circling White Rock Lake in silence.  It was a beautiful evening, and many of the runners, walkers and bikers at the lake stopped and took a moment to observe the riders. After the ride, the bikers lined up in rows.  A riderless “ghost bike” passed through their ranks as a bugleist played “Taps.”  It was a moving and meaningful ceremony, one that the McKinney riders were honored to participate in.

Riders participating in Steve’s memory included Susan Mardele, Ben Spalding, Lea Michaels, Renee Wrenwood, Michelle Arno, Natalie Weller, John Weller, Kay Barnett, David Dennis, Melanie Morgan, Chrisy Acuna, and Lisa Fris.  For more information about the Ride of Silence, go to http://www.rideofsilence.org/main.php. 

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