Friends and Family Run for Positive Change Out of Catastrophe

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It’s been a year since Jennifer Bikel was struck and killed by a vehicle in Rogers. Today, friends and family honored her memory with a five-mile, round trip run, which stepped off in Bentonville. 

 
Beth Lunde, memorial run participant  said, “it’s about her spirit and her memory and getting out there and having fun and having a great time in her honor.”
 
The running group started at Sam’s Club Home Office and ran just over two miles to the spot where Bikel was killed. The group laid flowers and gifts at a memorial, close to the Mellow Mushroom along West Village Parkway. Family greeted people that came and spoke of the one they miss. Since Bikel’s passing her family and friends have formed “Travel With Care NWA”. 
 
The goal of the group is to raise awareness on the roads so that accidents, like Bikel’s, never happen again.
 
Bonnie Adams, travel with care director said, “the appropriate wear. The appropriate color. The appropriate behavior at that intersection. To make eye contact with drivers. Those types of things are paramount.”
 
“We have a lot of roads that are not the safest to be running — walking or pushing a stroller on. So getting out the word to motorists to be as awesome as possible to each other so everyone can be safe,” said Lunde. 
 
Since the accident, “Travel With Care NWA” has placed a sign where Bikel passed. The director of the group has perspective on why affecting change in the memory of Bikel is so important. 
 
 “This initiative is so important to me as a mother of three young children. To be able to do those type of things in a safe environment is just so important,” said Adams. 
 
More than anything, the group doesn’t want pedestrians, or drivers to become complacent. 
 
“You can play a game with yourself. Count the bikers. Count the pedestrians. Count the new signs in people’s yards. Do something that keeps you aware on your daily commutes so you don’t become complacent. It’s a painful memory but it’s such an important piece of why we are all here,” said Adams. 
 
“Travel With Care NWA” says they want this run to become an annual tradition in Northwest Arkansas.
It’s been a year since Jennifer Bikel was struck and killed by a vehicle in Rogers. Today, friends and family honored her memory with a five-mile, round trip run, which stepped off in Bentonville. 
 
Beth Lunde, memorial run participant  said, “it’s about her spirit and her memory and getting out there and having fun and having a great time in her honor.”
 
The running group started at Sam’s Club Home Office and ran just over two miles to the spot where Bikel was killed. The group laid flowers and gifts at a memorial, close to the Mellow Mushroom along West Village Parkway. Family greeted people that came and spoke of the one they miss. Since Bikel’s passing her family and friends have formed “Travel With Care NWA”. 
 
The goal of the group is to raise awareness on the roads so that accidents, like Bikel’s, never happen again.
 
Bonnie Adams, travel with care director said, “the appropriate wear. The appropriate color. The appropriate behavior at that intersection. To make eye contact with drivers. Those types of things are paramount.”
 
“We have a lot of roads that are not the safest to be running — walking or pushing a stroller on. So getting out the word to motorists to be as awesome as possible to each other so everyone can be safe,” said Lunde. 
 
Since the accident, “Travel With Care NWA” has placed a sign where Bikel passed. The director of the group has perspective on why affecting change in the memory of Bikel is so important. 
 
 “This initiative is so important to me as a mother of three young children. To be able to do those type of things in a safe environment is just so important,” said Adams. 
 
More than anything, the group doesn’t want pedestrians, or drivers to become complacent. 
 
“You can play a game with yourself. Count the bikers. Count the pedestrians. Count the new signs in people’s yards. Do something that keeps you aware on your daily commutes so you don’t become complacent. It’s a painful memory but it’s such an important piece of why we are all here,” said Adams. 
 
“Travel With Care NWA” says they want this run to become an annual tradition in Northwest Arkansas.

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