Hundreds take part in memorial ride to remember local cyclist killed in crash

CARLSBAD, Calif. - Hundreds of bicyclists participated in a memorial ride on Saturday to remember a local father of three who was killed last month while out for a morning ride.

Eric Ringdahl was with another rider in a bike lane in the 7400 block of El Camino Real in Carlsbad when a vehicle struck him, according to the county Medical Examiner's Office. Medics pronounced him dead at the scene.

"It's a tragedy all around because the driver who struck him was a nurse who came home from an all-night shift who had been caring for and healing people all night and then fell asleep at the wheel," said Elizabeth Sugarman, a friend of Ringdahl's.

More than 250 people – made up of Ringdahl's friends and family as well as strangers – got on their bikes Saturday morning to ride in honor of him.

"[He's] a great guy, a lover of getting up every morning and greeting the day and conquering it with joy," added Sugarman.

The ride was also to raise awareness about bike safety and the need to pay attention to the cyclist in the other lane.

"It's really important to share the roads and be safe both from the cyclist perspective and the motorist," said friend Christine Silcox.

A white ghost bicycle is the centerpiece of a growing memorial to remember Ringdahl. Now, the memorial will serve as a reminder of the dangers cyclists face every time they are on the road.


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