DANVILLE — John Greaves was out on a long training ride when he was struck and killed by a motorist on Camino Tassajara last June.

Always an active man, the 44-year-old Morgan Stanley Smith Barney branch manager was preparing for the Vineman Triathlon, a half-ironman race that includes a 56-mile bike ride. Completing the strenuous distance competition would have been his next athletic milestone.

So it seemed appropriate to Daneil Greaves that a public tribute to her husband take place on that particular road. The "Ride of Silence" for John Greaves will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Sycamore Valley Park.

Founded in 2003, the Ride of Silence organization aims to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured on public roadways, inform the public of bikers' legal rights to use streets and encourage motorists to "share the road," according to its literature.

"I thought it was a great idea to promote community awareness," said Daneil Greaves, who lives in Walnut Creek. "When you ride your bike on the road and then you get in your car and drive, you get a new perspective."

Rides will be held in numerous locations simultaneously around the world. In addition to the Danville ride, Northern California events are slated for San Francisco, Sacramento, Santa Rosa and Modesto.


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The eight-mile ride is free and does not require advance registration. Participants are asked to arrive at 6:30 p.m. and helmets are mandatory. The group will travel east on Camino Tassajara past Diablo Vista Middle School before heading back to the park.

David Leath, a cyclist and Greaves family friend, said the ride is intended to be slow and serve as a visible reminder of the need to share the streets.

During the somber trip, the riders will abide by the rules of the road, following in a single-file line and obeying stop signs and traffic signals — things Leath finds some cyclists overlook.

"I ride a lot and I deal sometimes with people driving who don't see that you're there or don't care that you're there," the Dublin resident said. "But we as cyclists have a responsibility, too. It's kind of up to both sides."

In addition to the memorial ride, which coincides with National Bike Month, Greaves also plans to raise awareness for cyclists by lobbying state legislators for more stringent penalties for drivers who injure or kill them. Current laws do not suffice, she said.

"Being an inattentive driver is not a felony yet and it really should be," said Greaves, an emergency room trauma nurse and mother to 7-year-old Challoner and 13-year-old Brenna.

In February, Hong Guo, of Danville, pleaded not guilty to charges of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence. Guo lost control of her Honda Civic on June 26, 2009 and struck Greaves just north of the Contra Costa-Alameda county line.

Greaves, who would have turned 45 on Friday, was pinned underneath the Civic and died at the scene.

A pre-trial hearing of the evidence in the case is scheduled for July.

IF YOU GO:
  • What: Ride of Silence in honor of John Greaves
  • When: 7 p.m. Wednesday
  • Where: Sycamore Valley Park, Holbrook Drive at Camino Tassajara, Danville
  • Cost: Free. For details, visit www.ride4john.com