When: Sat., July 27, 9 a.m. 2013
A bike, painted white and bedecked with flowers, sits on Montagu Street by Lockwood Drive, where it stands as a memorial for Edwin Gardner, a Charlestonian who loved biking and died in a tragic accident. Join fellow cyclists in remembering Gardner during the annual RIDEdwin, now in its fourth year. The ride celebrates the feel of community that Gardner loved and his desire to make Charleston more bike-friendly. On Saturday morning, attendees will gather in Cannon Park for a brief rally that will take place before the police-escorted ride, which is suitable for all ages. “Camaraderie and inclusion are the best part of the events. Everyone feels connected and everyone shows up — from spandex cyclists to families with babies. Even dogs have joined in the ride,” says Pam Sullivan of Charleston Moves. Before his death in 2010, Gardner was an active member of the Charleston community. A skilled kayaker and boat builder, he founded the Mosquito Fleet to teach underprivileged youth about Charleston’s maritime history and share his love of the water. He was also a member of the Peninsula Task Force that deals with alternative forms of transportation. RIDEdwin is held annually to keep Gardner’s visions alive.