MADRID, Iowa–The central Iowa biking community continues to lean on each other after the death of Wade Franck.
Hundreds of bicyclist’s honored a man who was beloved within the cycling community by doing what Wade Franck loved most riding a bike on the open trails.
Kyle Robinson, the owner of Ankeny’s Kyle’s bikes, organized the ride over the High Trestle Trail early Wednesday night. Several hundred bicyclist’s paused to memorialize Wade Franck on the bridge. “It’s important just to show our unity in numbers and that we just aren’t small numbers of people anymore,” said cyclist Sterling Heise.
Franck, who was an employee at Kyle’s Bikes, was struck by a drunk driver on August 16, while on his bicycle in the 5100 block of Grand Avenue. Franck died two days later of his injuries. Police say Jonathan Rodriguez Leyva, the driver, had a barred license and was drunk at the time of the crash. He is being charged with homicide by OWI and other traffic violations.
“Hopefully some positive change comes out of this. It’s a terrible thing and a big loss to the community what happened to Wade. Just really hope something good comes out of this,” said Josh Jones, another cyclist who attended the event.
Those who knew Wade are still coming to grips with the circumstances surrounding his death, but they hope the #RideForWade can be a reflection of a man who made an impact on the community and also become a chain reaction for change on the roads. Scott Sumpter, founder of BikeIowa.com, said, “It’s the iconic Trestle Bridge for central Iowa and Wade is iconic for this movement that we are seeing right now. It’s powerful, it’s sad at the same time but it’s neat to see the cycling community come together for one of their own.”
#RideForWade shirts can be purchased by stopping by Kyle’s Bikes in Ankeny or at http://www.discounttrisupply.com/
All proceeds will go to the Gregory Wade Franck Memorial Fund.