Advocacy ride raises awareness, money for cyclist widow

Gearhead Presents Check to McDonald Family
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
Ted Herget gives Amy McDonald check from awareness campaign (Source: KAIT)
Ted Herget gives Amy McDonald check from awareness campaign (Source: KAIT)
McDonald hugs Herget (Source: KAIT)
McDonald hugs Herget (Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The recently formed "I'm a Cyclist" group hosted the first ever Bike Jonesboro Advocacy Ride Friday night to raise awareness for the bicycling community in town.

Nearly 200 people took part in the ride in an attempt to show the community that they're more than just a person on a bicycle.

"That's just what's important to us. It could be your doctor, it could be your neighbor, it could be your best friend's wife," Ted Herget said. "You don't know who's up there and it's just, that's what we want. To draw attention to who we are."

Herget, owner of Gearhead Outfitters and member of the I'm a Cyclist group, said their 10-mile route was strategically planned.

"We got to ride through the schools and the YMCA. We made it to where we hit 27 points of interest throughout the city," Ted Herget said.

A big push for cyclist awareness in Jonesboro came after a deadly cyclist accident in Craighead County this summer.

Jason McDonald was hit and killed while riding his bicycle with a friend on KAIT Road.

After the advocacy ride Friday, Herget was able to present Jason's wife Amy with a check for $4,300.

That money was raised through I'm a Cyclist t-shirt sales and donations.

The group hopes to host this ride each year and see it continue to grow.

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