CHHS Exercise Student Gets Involved with “Daniel’s Ride” Event to Bring Awareness for Cyclists Killed on N.C. Roadways

Daniel Fetner was only 17 years old when he was hit and killed by a drunk driver. Fetner was a passionate cyclist, taking many bike trips up and down the east coast. One of his favorite places to ride was Pleasure Island at Carolina Beach.

North Carolina has been recognized as one of the least safe states for walking and bicycling. Each year, more than 850 bicyclists are hit by vehicles in North Carolina. Around 20 lose their lives from collisions with vehicles.

Exercise Science major, Kelsey Bryan was introduced to Daniel’s story through CHHS Lecturer, Tamlyn Shields, who serves on the Board of Directors for the Terry Benjey Bicycling Foundation, which is arranging a memorial bike ride to honor Daniel’s life.

Hearing Daniel’s story affected Bryan because she hated to hear stories about people leaving the world too soon. Through her teacher, Bryan was inspired to get involved with the project and arranged a Directed Independent Study with Shields to coordinate the event. “Daniel’s Ride,” sponsored by the Terry Benjey Bicycling Foundation and the Cape Fear Cyclists, will celebrate Daniel Fetner’s passion for cycling and bring awareness for other cyclists killed on N.C. roadways.

The event will take place on Saturday October 21 at 2 p.m. at Carolina State Park and raise money for the group Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and BikeWalk NC. Donations will be accepted on the day of the event. The ride is casual and non-competitive and will start at the Marina and remain within the boundaries of the state park.

On-site registration is still available for those who wish to participate. There is a limit of 125 riders. Interested riders may register between 1-2 p.m. at the Marina at Carolina Beach State Park.

All riders must ensure their bike is in mechanical condition, follow to the rules of the road and adhere to the safety instructions provided by the Cape Fear Cyclists. A waiver must be signed to participate and helmets will be mandatory. Riders under 14 must be accompanied by a parent.

Date: Saturday, October 21
Rain date: Sunday, October 22
Time: 2 p.m.
Place: Carolina Beach State Park
Check in: 1-2 p.m. at the Carolina Beach Marina
Length: 5 and 10-mile route options.