Colleen Kelly Alexander had always been a biking enthusiast. Her father owned a cycling shop, and he imparted the love of sports and adventure on her.
But in 2011, while riding her bicycle home from work in Connecticut, she was hit by a freightliner truck and nearly died.
She will speak Saturday at an event in Milford — the city's Bike Month Finale.
The event will include a ribbon cutting for a new bike lane, held at the entrance of Shipyard Lane and Harborside Drive, behind Wilcox Park at 5 p.m. Refreshments and free valet bike parking will be provided compliments of the East Coast Greenway Alliance.
Immediately following the ribbon cutting at 6 p.m., Alexander, “a survivor, thriver, motivational speaker, and biking enthusiast” will speak at Milford City Hall. She will tell her inspirational story about her struggles and the adversity she overcame, including that life threatening biking accident that drove her to run more than 50 races and compete in 15 post-accident triathlons.
Click here to read her story.
To register for the talk, RSVP to BikeMilford@ci.milford.ct.us. Space is limited and seats will only be available that evening on a first come, first serve basis. Bike valet parking will also be available at City Hall.