Ride To Work Day: Motorcylists Out In Full Force

ABILENE, Texas - Motorcyclists came out to Abilene City Hall on Monday to observe the International Ride To Work Day.

The city of Abilene saw a significant turnout with an estimated 100 motorcyclists.

The event began with a group picture in front of city hall at 11:20 a.m., but the group also had other plans.

"We get to ride on a work day for one thing," Ride to Work Day Coordinator Dean Carter said. "And get all these guys together for a good cause and get to stop for a minute and honor Annemarie and Rodney Holder."

After their picture, the group made it's way to McMurry University for a brief memorial service for Officer Rodney Holder, who was killed in the line of duty after his motorcycle was hit by a car in 2010.

The accident happened near the university at the intersection of Sayles Boulevard and South 13th Street. Officer Holder was pursing a speeder when another driver who did not see him cut him off. Officer Holder passed away at Hendrick Medical Center.

"It's been very important to our family from the very beginning to make good things come from this," Annemarie Holder, Officer Holder's widow, said.

Officer Holder is also survived by his son, Kyler.

Annemarie has made it her responsibility to pass out cards featuring her husband's story to remind motorcyclists to be safe.

"I think that's the whole purpose of this day," Annemarie said, "To just help other drivers be aware there are motorcyclists on the road."

Larry Gilley, Abilene City Manager, said that in addition to promoting motorcycle safety and awareness, the event also promotes riding a motorcycle.

"It provides some benefits in terms of saving fuel," Gilley said. "And it's a lot of fun to do."

After a moment of silence at the university, the group completed its journey to Kent's Harley Davidson for its free hamburger lunch.

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