The seven bikers killed in a June car crash will be memorialized in a motorcycle ride from Laconia to Randolph on Saturday.
More than 1,000 motorcyclists from all over New England are estimated to participate in the ride and pay their respects to what bikers are dubbing “the Fallen 7.”
The ride’s route will start at the Broken Spoke in Laconia and end in Randolph near the site of the accident on Route 2.
Brian Desimone, an organizer of the event, says the response on social media has been overwhelmingly positive during this tough time.
“We were thinking maybe 50 of us going up there to show our support,” said Desimone. “That one post went viral and as of today there’s now 2,800 in our group.”
State officials say to expect delays in the Lakes Region in the morning and early afternoon, as well as the Randolph area, in late afternoon. People in cars are discouraged from participating in the event due to safety reasons.
State Police Col. Christopher Wagner urged drivers to be careful around motorcyclists over the weekend.
“Slow down, have some patience on the road way,” said Wagner. “You have got to be aware of what is around you at all times, especially when you’re dealing with motorcycles. They tend to find themselves in blindspots in cars.”