Memorial Ride Draws 700-plus

The Baltimore Sun has reported on the New Year’s Day memorial bicycle ride in honor of Tom Palermo:

The cyclists, many in bright racing gear, shut traffic down as they made their slow, somber procession along the 3-mile route from the Episcopal Cathedral of the Incarnation to the 5700 block of Roland Ave, the site of the accident.

“For the cycling community, this is kind of part of our grieving process,” said Nate Evans, executive director of Bike Maryland, which organized the event with Bikemore, a bicycling advocacy organization. “It gives us a chance to get out and celebrate a cyclist’s life.

“In this case, it’s Tom.”

Episcopal officials have identified the driver of the car as Bishop Suffragan Heather Elizabeth Cook, the second-ranking official in the Diocese of Maryland. Police are investigating; no charges have been filed.

WBAL TV’s coverage mentioned Episcopalians who joined the ride:

“I’m a cyclist. I’m also an active Episcopalian so I wanted to show my church support for the Palermo family,” Bel Air resident Nick McDonald said.

… “We want to make sure that justice prevails, but today is not about the judicial system. It’s not about the bishop. It’s a remembrance of Tom and a celebration of his life and you’ll see quite a bit of support from the cycling community for him,” said Greg Hinchcliffe, executive director, Bikemore.

As of mid-morning January 2, a memorial fund at had reached $46,550 of a $50,000 goal.

Image of Tom Palermo by Bikemore

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