SOUTH BEND -- At 6 p.m. Wednesday, about 85 cyclists rode down the
right lane of Indiana 23 in a sight rarely, if ever, seen on this
four-laner where the automobile rules.
They rode in packs of about 20 with a car or two behind each pack.
A couple of honks came from passing cars, plus a thumbs up by the drivers.
Riders passed a "ghost bike" -- a bike painted white to honor those
killed while cycling -- on the east side of Indiana 23 just south of
the Indiana Toll Road. That's near the spot where Steven Carey was
killed on Feb. 19.
The first-ever procession, which had no police escort, came off
without injury, accident or traffic snarls. Spurred by Carey's death,
organizers of "Share the Road ... Every Life Counts" wanted to raise
awareness about bicyclists, pedestrians and motorists sharing the
Almost 20 people walked from Howard Park as part of the procession,
including two runners who said they've almost been hit by cars as they
run along the shoulder of roads such as Fir Road.
Among the cyclists, Lin Hoppel, of Mishawaka, said she's had motorists
dump soda and french fries on her in two separate incidents while she