Community honors city leader in bike ride

Community honors city leader in bike ride

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A ride of silence in the biking community is about honor and respect.

"It's kind of an extended moment of silence," explained Bike Baton Rouge President Doug Moore. "We can think back on the life and legacy of the person we're honoring, in this case, Buddy Amoroso."

Dozens of people with a passion for cycling, biked through downtown Baton Rouge with one goal, paying tribute to District 8 Metro Council member Buddy Amoroso.

"I think that his family will really appreciate that we were able to honor him," said Faith McCorkle, a participant.

"We just hope people will remember they're not just statistics," Moore said. "They're people. They're fathers, grandfathers, husbands and we all need to watch out for each other."

Amoroso's family says despite his willingness to serve, they didn't quite realize his impact, but this bike ride symbolizes it all.

"I would start doing a lot of stuff with him and people would come up and say, 'Man, I love your dad, your dad's the best,'" Joey Amoroso, son of the city leader said. "Seeing this bike ride today, I really saw it."

Amoroso's son says his father's journey to biking sort of came out of nowhere and blossomed,

"Next thing I know he's buying a road bike and he's going on bike rides and he just loved bike riding," Joey said. But he knows for sure, it helped his dad grow closer with the community, a small piece of advice he will forever carry with him.

"I feel like that's one thing that I kind of learned from him and will help me in my life ahead," his son explained. "Never meet a stranger and be nice to everybody. That's one thing that he always tried to preach to me."

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