Riding in Edwin Gardner's memory

Participants in RIDEdwin on Saturday morning pass near the site where Edwin Gardner was struck by a sport utility vehicle in July 2010.

About 300 or so bicyclists participated in Saturday's RIDEdwin, a short, slow-paced bike ride through the streets of Charleston in honor of Edwin Gardner, who died a year ago after being struck by an SUV while riding his bike on Montagu Street.

Last year, an estimated 500 showed for a memorial ride in the Ride for Edwin. On Saturday Gardner's widow, Whitney Powers, thanked the crowd for coming out on a hot, July morning to ride.

"It is so great to see so many people come back a year later," said Powers. "I was thinking last night that this was sort of a bookend for (her daughter) Olive and I. Many of you have been the reason why we were able to carry on."

She said she hopes those who participated in the ride would "carry on Edwin's legacy of being involved ..."

Tom Bradford of Charleston Moves, a bike and pedestrian advocacy group, urged people to get involved by signing a petition for creating a bike lane on the Legare Bridge allowing bikes to safely cross the Ashley River between North Charleston and West Ashley.

Charleston City Councilman Michael Seekings also encouraged people to be involved, saying "It will never be over, but it can always be better ... We can do a lot together."