By Dave Iltis
The cycling community lost a friend when Robert (Bob) Kinney, age 63, unexpectedly passed way on April 29, 2012. Bob was the founder of Bike2Bike, a non-profit that organized many of Utah’s favorite cycling events. Bike2Bike rides included the Zion Century, Ghost Town Century, Heber Valley Century, BRASU, and BRANU.
Bob started Bike2Bike in 2005 with the Heber Valley Century. Over the years, Bike2Bike rides have benefitted numerous charities including Spina Bifida Association of Utah, Valley Mental Health, and the Hess Cancer Foundation.
Bob also was League Cycling Instructor, certified by the League of American Bicyclists. He taught classes for Safe Routes to School, a program of UDOT. In that capacity, we would conduct safety classes for local elementary schools, mainly in Davis County.
“Some people do things for money, others for love. Bob loved bicycles. Bob loved children. It was evident with the work he did with the Boy Scouts summer program as well as Safe Routes to School in Davis County. At the last National Bike Summit, which he traveled to on his own dime, he took a folder for each of the congressman and senators full of letters from school children from his classes in bike safety thanking the politicians for their support of bicycle education,” said Jonathan Morrison of the Bicycle Collective. “He was also involved and at every event,” Morrison remarked in regards to Bob starting the Davis (County) Bicycle Advisory and Advocacy Committee. The committee lasted about a year and made some progress.
In remembering Bob, Ann Hoffman of Bad Ass Coffee Cycling Team, said, “I surround myself with people I admire most, and Bob was one of those people. He was a big guy with a golden heart.”
Kelly Jones, a local cyclist and participant in Bike2Bike events called Bob a Cycling Saint. We couldn’t agree more.
A memorial page has been set up here: facebook.com/pages/In-Memory-Of-Bob-Kinney/204774679641042
Also, contributions to the Robert Kinney Memorial Fund at Wells Fargo Bank can be made by contacting your local Wells Fargo branch.
Bike2Bike’s intent is to continue promoting the rides. Details will be available soon.