This Saturday morning riders rode their path for one reason, to honor the cyclist who brought them together.
The bike ride honored councilman Buddy Amoroso after he was killed last summer while riding his bicycle.
“Buddy was a season bike rider and he liked any kind of bike. He used it as a way to get away from the worries of life and just get out and enjoy himself. Bike riders have a right to the ride just as much as a driver does in a car vehicle,” Buddy’s wife, Denise Amoroso, said.
One year later hundreds came out to ride their bikes in the councilman’s memory.
“We want to make people aware of the bicyclist here around town and just to be more careful,” Amoroso said.
Amoroso took over her late husband’s position and is now the Councilwoman for District 8. She says she would like everyone to be cautious of bike riders.
“We need to bring awareness that a bike rider has three feet under law that they are allowed three feet between the bicycle and the car and a lot of people don’t understand that,” she said.
All the proceeds from the ride were given to the Louisiana Key Academy. The Councilwoman says she chose the school because of the relationship Buddy formed there. He was open about his childhood struggle with dyslexia and worked closely with the school as a councilman
“As someone again who had dyslexia who was a huge supporter of our school it just means a lot to us in the community. He was such a kind and compassionate man,” Heather Bourgeois, principle of the Louisiana Key Academy, said.
Amoroso says she will keep fighting for to honor her husband’s legacy.