Ridgeway toddler killed in Mexico memorialized with a bike nonprofit

When 2-year-old Axel Charrette, killed in Mexico in February, was memorialized at a service in Ridgway, his cherished little Strider bike sat on the dais in front of mourners. Now, that pedal-less bike has turned into the vehicle to honor Charrette. Axel’s family has launched the Axel Project, a nonprofit designed to introduce other toddlers and youngsters aged 18 months to 5 years to cycling and to promote the idea that cycling is a healthy and bonding family activity. The project will be donating Strider bikes and selling bikes for a nominal fee of $20 to individuals and organizations that can get them to needy children.