Hundreds cruise in memory of two killed cyclists in Denver

Here’s what we saw during the ride.

The Denver Cruiser Ride on July 31, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The Denver Cruiser Ride on July 31, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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The Denver Cruiser Ride is a monthly celebration of cycling. Many of the usual riders are staunch advocates for better infrastructure, and their mass of cycles embody “strength in numbers” as the group fills streets on their route.

On Wednesday, that route was more important than usual.

Two cyclists were killed in recent weeks. Scott Hendrickson was a grandfather and a loud voice in a push to make Denver’s streets more friendly to bikes. Alexis Bounds was a mother who died in an accident with a driver where a battle over bike lanes has simmered.

The ride began at its usual spot downtown, The Gin Mill, and made its way over the Cherry Creek Trail to Bayaud Avenue and Marion Street, on the Denver Country Club’s border, where Bounds was killed. They gathered for a candle light vigil and a moment of silence.

But the ride was still fun for many, as it’s meant to be. People cheered and smiled as they rode the route. The theme, “dress night,” held despite the serious context. Brad Evans, a vocal bicycle and urban design advocate who leads the ride, spoke to reporters about safety and about his friend, Hendrickson, in a wig.

Bounds’ father-in-law, Terry Bounds, reportedly told organizers: “It was as close to a New Orleans jazz funeral as we could get.”

Here is the night unfolding, in reverse:

Vince Quinones holds up a can and a candle during a vigil for Alexis Bounds on the block where she died. July 31, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Vince Quinones holds up a can and a candle during a vigil for Alexis Bounds on the block where she died. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Father Joseph Dang leads the audience into a moment of silence during a vigil for Alexis Bounds on the block where she died on her bike. July 31, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Father Joseph Dang leads the audience into a moment of silence. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

A vigil for Alexis Bounds after the Denver Cruisers arrived. July 31, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

A memorial for Alexis Bounds, July 31, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Nancy Bounds weeps for her daughter-in-law, Alexis Bounds, during a vigil on the block where she died on her bike. July 31, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Nancy Bounds weeps for her daughter-in-law, Alexis Bounds. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

A vigil for Alexis Bounds after the Denver Cruisers arrived. July 31, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

A vigil at the end of the Denver Cruiser Ride on July 31, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The Denver Cruiser Ride on July 31, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Denver Cruisers fly down the Cherry Creek Trail. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The Denver Cruiser Ride on July 31, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Denver Cruisers ride. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The Denver Cruiser Ride on July 31, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Denver Cruisers ride the Cherry Creek Trail. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The Denver Cruiser Ride on July 31, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Denver Cruisers ride the Cherry Creek Trail. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Larimer Square, seen from the Denver Cruiser Ride on July 31, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Larimer Square, seen from the Denver Cruiser Ride. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The Denver Cruiser Ride on July 31, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Denver Cruisers wait to cross 15th Street. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The Denver Cruiser Ride on July 31, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Denver Cruisers ride downtown. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Darren Droge and Hannah "The Unicorn" Hokanson ride in the Denver Cruiser Ride on July 31, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Darren Droge and Hannah "The Unicorn" Hokanson ride with the Cruisers. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Alexander Hamilton, aka FranziaMan, does his thing in the parking lot behind The Gin Mill before the Denver Cruiser Ride on July 31, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Alexander Hamilton, aka FranziaMan, does his thing in the parking lot behind The Gin Mill before the ride. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

People hang out in the parking lot behind The Gin Mill before the Denver Cruiser Ride on July 31, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

People hang out in the parking lot behind The Gin Mill before the ride. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Lightning strikes over people hang out in the parking lot behind The Gin Mill before the Denver Cruiser Ride on July 31, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Lightning strikes before the ride. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Darren Droge poses with photos of Scott Hendrickson before the Denver Cruiser Ride on July 31, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Darren Droge poses with photos of Scott Hendrickson before the ride. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

"In Memoriam of Scott, Alexis and others." The Denver Cruiser Ride on July 31, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

"In Memoriam of Scott, Alexis and others." (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Brad Evans poses for a portrait before the Denver Cruiser Ride on July 31, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Bike safety advocate Brad Evans poses for a portrait. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Brad Evans gets makeup on his face before the Denver Cruiser Ride on July 31, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Evans has his makeup done before the ride. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Choko Malic looks at a photo of Scott Hendrickson, placed on his ghost bike, before the Denver Cruiser Ride, July 31, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Choko Malic looks at a photo of Scott Hendrickson, placed on his ghost bike. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Jackie Olszewski places a photo of Scott Hendrickson on his ghost bike before the Denver Cruiser Ride, July 31, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Jackie Olszewski places a photo of Scott Hendrickson on his ghost bike. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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