A memorial bench was dedicated in Nickell's name. Funds for the granite bench were raised by Nickell's friends and family. Diane Travis, who had been close to Nickell, presented City Manager Darren Gray with a $500 check to be used to further develop Waterfront Park. The funds were left over from the campaign that had purchased the bench.
Nickell was the project manager for Central Florida Environmental, the company that remodeled the original park.
Nickell's daughter, Lacey, also a rider, could note participate in the ride. She, along with Sarah McLarty, worked diligently to assure bike safety. But Lacey was struck by a motorist a few weeks back, damaging her elbow.
"It could have been worse," a tearful Nickell noted. "I know my Dad was watching over me that day."
She along with Travis and McLarty are trying to educate the public on the rules and safety procedures for cars and bikes. Bicycles must follow the same rules and laws as autos. But they also have the same rights.
"People think we should ride on the sidewalk," Travis explained. "That's not the case. We can be moving at 25 miles per hour and that isn't safe for bikes and pedestrians. It's also why we are often on the road and not on the trails."
McLarty also pointed out the three foot rule. Motorists must allow three feet between themselves and the cyclists. But often they will pass with just inches creating a serious, and often life threatening situation.
"People don't realize that when large trucks pass cyclists they can get sucked under the vehicle," Travis warned. "They also get beck in the lane in front of bikes too quickly. Many cyclists have been hurt or killed when vehicles fish tale after passing."
The ride around Lake Minneola on Wednesday was to raise awareness. Riders included adults and little children traveling at 10mph around the eight mile course.