Ride remembers bicyclist killed on Minneapolis street

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A newcomer to Minneapolis was honored by cyclists and fellow bike commuters, most of whom never met him.

WCCO reports that more than 200 bikers rode in a Saturday memorial ride for Marcus Nalls, 26, who was killed while biking home from his job as a sous chef at the downtown Minneapolis Hyatt. Nalls had moved to the city from Atlanta a month earlier.

Stefan Turner, a bicycle mechanic, had worked on Nalls’ bike, installing his rack and fenders. “Marcus was one of the … coolest guys we’ve had in our shop in a long time,” Turner told WCCO.

KARE reported that the cyclists gathered in Loring Park and rode in a procession from the park to the site on Franklin Avenue where Nalls was hit on Monday night. They walked their bikes past a white memorial bicycle at the intersection of Franklin and Garfield, the site of the crash. Some of them were in tears as they paid their respects; others stopped briefly to place flowers at the site.

John Iverson, 49, was charged on Friday in Hennepin County in connection with the crash. The complaint said that Iverson had a blood-alcohol content of 0.27 – more than three times the legal limit. Officers say Iverson admitted he had “too much” to drink, smelled of alcohol and had difficulty walking and keeping his balance. Witnesses told police that Nalls was riding close to the westbound shoulder of the road when a Ford Econoline van traveling in the same direction swerved, knocked him from the bike and then ran him over. Iverson is expected to be in court on Monday.

The Star Tribune reported that Nalls had lights on the front and back of his bike at the time he was struck. He also was wearing a helmet. The paper called Nalls a dedicated cyclist who had commuted for several years while living and working in Atlanta. He had embraced winter cycling during the short time that he lived in Minneapolis.

The website GhostBikeMpls, which tracks bike casualties in the city, has a memorial to Nall. His family is planning a memorial service in Atlanta.

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