Remembering an Indianapolis man through his life of cycling

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 4, 2014) — Pedaling for a great cause.

Hundreds of bicyclists came out Sunday to remember Neil Kelty, who was hit and killed by a school bus while biking to work. The accident happened near the corner of Westlane and Ditch Roads on April 24, 2014. The turnout for the ride touched those closest to Kelty, a man who loved biking.

“He was a goal setter, he was an achiever,” said fiancee Kelsea Nicholson.

“I think it gave him an independence, an athletic independence,” said mother Sandy Kelty. “Academically he did OK, but I think this was just an athletic independence that he loved.”

The huge turnout added comfort to his loved ones. It was more than his mother ever expected.

“It helped us through the week, to be honest. When we clicked on to the website and saw it grow and grow, we were astounded. Nothing we ever imagined, we thought a handful of people (would attend),” Ms. Kelty said.

Kelsea Nicholson was with the group when they stopped for a moment of silence at the spot where Kelty was hit. Today, colorful flowers and candles make up a memorial. There’s also a Ghost Bike, which is painted all white, and appears in spots where the life of a bicyclist was lost.

All of the participants each had their own reasons why they wanted to take part in Sunday’s ride. Dennis and Catherine Brake wanted to bring awareness.

“We want more people to ride bikes, but sometimes you gotta be extra careful,” Brake said.

The City of Indianapolis has some good safety tips, that can be used by bicyclists and drivers.

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