Baton Rouge cyclists honor fallen biker

Source: WAFB
Source: WAFB
Clifford Gouner (Source: Michael Watson)
Clifford Gouner (Source: Michael Watson)
Source: WAFB
Source: WAFB

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Members of the Baton Rouge cycling community gathered for a memorial ride Tuesday evening to honor a fallen brother.

Clifford Gouner was crossing Goodwood Blvd. on his bike near Main Branch Library when he was hit by a passing Ford Escape, heading west toward downtown.

"Everybody was a friend. He was a friend to everybody," said Michael Watson.

About 30 people gathered in his memory. Some of them having never met Gouner at all.

"We're a community and we like to make sure everyone is safe," said cyclist Jonathan Parfait.

The group set out from City Park, hitting the roads and heading toward the site of the crash. Gouner was in his 60s and still preferred two wheels to four.

"We called ourselves Geezers on Wheels," said Watson, who often rode and talked bikes with Gouner. He described Gouner as eccentric yet a great man.

"He decorated his bike with all sorts of stuff and he looked like he ran through a shrub," Gouner said. "I was always picking on him about it."

After arriving at the site, they held a moment of silence. They also dedicated a "Ghost Bike." Ghost bikes are painted all white and are left at the scene of fatal bike accidents.

"[It is to] try to get other cars and other people aware of the situation, that someone was hit and was died," Parfait said.

Riding on, the bikers hope for a safer future while remembering their fallen friend.

"He loved bicycling," said Watson. "He passed doing something he enjoyed."

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