The David T. Ryan Ride for Safety Awareness held last month had two heartfelt roots: it honored a deep friendship between the GE magnet physicist and his biking buddy who spearheaded the ride, GE chemist Walt Cicha; and it grew out of the desire to point out the vital need for bicycle safety awareness on the road.
The ride also had another goal: to raise funds for the newly established David T. Ryan Scholarship Fund
This fund will be used to help an outstanding Capital Region high school senior who excels in scientific subjects and who also is an avid participant in athletics pursue an education at the collegiate level.
By all measures, the ride was a total success, Walt
The ride "was the most meaningful success of my life," Walt
"Dozens of riders came up to me and the other organizers after the event, telling us how much they enjoyed the ride and how deeply touched they were by taking part in the ride and experience of the day.
The event was hosted by the Mohawk Hudson Cycling Club
and generously underwritten by GE
Thanks to the organizing committee who helped make the ride possible:
Jami Cotler, Bob Preville, Albert Stella, Ray Schmidt, Peter Bonitatebus, Jeff Fedison, Susan Troll, Darryl Caron, and Walt Cicha.
This web site has been dedicated to the memory of David Ryan
by his close friends Walter Cicha
and Robert Preville.
***Photograph of Dave on opening page was taken by Walt Cicha
at Crane Mountain, NY on June 27, 2004.