JOPLIN, Mo. — The death of an area bicyclist is being remembered by friends a decade later.

Ten years ago today, Larry Jones went for a bike ride near his home in Jasper County.

He was training for an upcoming road race when he was struck by a motorist and died.

A white ghost cycle was put up in downtown Joplin later to honor his memory and to remind motorists to watch out for cyclists.

Ruth Sawkins, Victim’s Friend, said, “Just awareness when you see a cyclist that person is important to somebody, that’s somebody’s dad or brother or son, wife or daughter or mother I mean and to see those people as a person and not just an annoyance on the road.”

Although his accident wasn’t in Joplin, Mark Morris says the awareness campaign left it’s mark in the minds of city planners.

Mark Morris, Victim’s Friend, said, “In a cyclist’s opinion, Main Street Joplin that they redid a few years ago has the best type of bike lane in that cyclist can use the entire lane it’s it’s a shared lane which is in keeping with laws of Missouri.”

Coincidentally, Morris himself nearly died a week after Jones’ death when he was riding on the shoulder of 43 Highway near the Petro truck stop.

He was struck from behind and never saw the truck that hit him, and whomever it was, just kept on going.

“Part of it is I because I work downtown and I walk around downtown but I here people comment about Larry’s bike and use it as an opportunity to talk to people about not only what happened but how to keep it from happening.”