Wednesday’s Ruth Bascom Memorial Ride was a huge success, drawing around 200 riders according to a Register-Guard estimate. The crowd was speckled with flowers and “Thank You Ruth Bascom” signs, and was attended by some of the original “movers and shakers” who helped cycling get started in Eugene.
Before the ride, participants heard testimony from people who had experiences with Ruth or with Ruth’s legacy, including GEARs President and 1998 Alice Award winner Sue Wolling; Mayor Kitty Piercy; Paul Nicholson of Paul’s Bicycle Way of Life, who served with Ruth on City Council and while she was mayor; late 70’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator and 2001 Alice Award Winner Diane Bishop; and member of the 1970’s Eugene Bicycle Committee and co-creator of the 1981 Bicycles in Cities monogram, Peter Eberhardt. The ride was also attended by Ruth’s husband Dr. John Bascom and her son Paul Bascom.
It was a special treat for me to meet and ride with Bishop and Eberhardt, and I heard a few interesting stories about early Eugene cycling history, including that Portland’s Bike/Ped coordinator was sent down to Eugene in the early days to learn from us!
It’s clear to me from reading the old monographs, hearing the speeches, and from the turnout of Ruth’s memorial that we owe even more to her and her early companions than I could ever impress here. We ride on the shoulders of giants.
Take the jump for pictures of the ride and click here to read the Register-Guard’s coverage.