Farmville man gets national cycling honor

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WITN) – An Eastern Carolina bicycle advocate has received a national honor.

The League of American Bicyclists last night named Steven Hardy-Braz its Citizen Advocate of the Year.

The honor came last night during the National Bike Summit in Washington, D.C.

The Farmville man is an outspoken advocate for cycling safety as well as improving accessibility for those with disabilities. For several years, Hardy-Braz has spear-headed the “Ride of Silence” in Greenville, an annual ride aimed at bringing awareness to the driving public about cycling safety.

Last year, Hardy-Braz was found guilty of impeding traffic in Greenville after he rode his wheelchair down South Memorial Drive.  The man said he was pointing out that more than a hundred of the city’s bus stops are not accessible to wheelchairs.

In 2021, Hardy-Braz was seriously injured in a bicycle accident where an oncoming car struck him from behind.  That crash threw him over the car, causing him leg injuries that forced Hardy-Braz to use a wheelchair and a walking cane.