by Nancy Stiles
Sam Scott, a pizza delivery driver for Dewey's Pizza was struck and killed by a drunk driver on February 3, 2012 biking his way home from work at the University City Dewey's. He was twenty years old. Trailnet, a local nonprofit promoting cycling as transportation, has been working with Scott's family not only to remember him but to try and make sure this doesn't happen again.
On May 21, Trailnet is sponsoring the Ride of Silence to remember Scott and other victims of roadway violence. Plus, during that week, May 19 through 25, all 17 Dewey's locations will donate proceeds from its "Tito Santana" pizza to Trailnet in Scott's honor.
The Ride of Silence is actually a global event to honor cyclists who have been injured or killed on public roadways. Last year, over 12,000 riders participated in 26 countries. Riders will remain silent throughout unless absolutely necessary.
Dewey's will also be sending some riders in memory of Scott; his mother, Susan, worked with Dewey's headquarters in Cincinnati and its charity arm, the Dew More Initiative. You can learn more about the ride here. It's a ten-mile ride or a two to three mile walk; participants should meet in front of the Missouri History Museum (Lindell Boulevard & DeBaliviere Avenue; 314-746-4599) at 5:30 p.m. on May 21. The ride/walk starts at 6 p.m.
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