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

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 arranged 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, celebrated Daniel Fetner’s passion for cycling.  The event raised awareness for other cyclists killed on N.C. roadways.

The event took place on Saturday October 21 at Carolina State Park and raised money for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and BikeWalk NC.