Danny’s Cycles in Stamford joined stores in the tri-state area this weekend in the 8th annual Breast Cancer Awareness Ride organized by Trek Bicycle.
“They do it every year with all their dealers across the country and every dealer organizes people,” says Ken Tashoff, manager of Danny’s Bicycles Stamford. “We have several other stores that are also doing rides today in New York City.”
One hundred percent of the proceeds from the ride will go to breast cancer research. Although this year’s turnout was low, Tashoff says every bit makes a difference. Tashoff rode the 27-mile route with one other participant in honor of loved ones.
“I rode last year in honor of my mom actually who is a breast cancer survivor,” says Tashoff.
“My grandmother had cancer, she passed away from it, and my aunt has breast cancer and she’s surviving,” says participant Wayne Skaberg. “Anytime you can support a good cause, I’m all for it.”
Tashoff says he’s hoping for a bigger turnout next year.
“I think the advertising wasn’t quite as much, might explain some of the turn out,” he says.
Tashoff says having bike-friendly roads in the city may also help increase participation in rides.
“The more accessible you make it to people, the more that they can see the possibility of being able to do it,” says Tashoff. “I’ve seen a lot of stuff happen on the road out in front of this shop in particular. It’s not really safe being on the road on a bicycle with the cars. I certainly get that question a lot, people coming in to buy bicycles or who are browsing thinking about getting a bicycle, and one of their apprehensions is that they’re nervous to share the road.”
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