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'Ride of Silence' honors cyclists killed or injured by motorists

17 May 2018

More than 35 adults and children put their feet to the pedal and bicycled through parts of Warren to remember those injured or killed while on their bikes.

The Ride of Silence honors people who were injured or killed while riding their bicycles.

The mayor of Grand Rapids and over a hundred cyclists took to the streets Wednesday for the annual Ride of Silence.

Ride of Silence is a national event and bike shops across the US conduct rides at the same time.

Locally, the list of names of people killed while biking over the years stretches to at least two dozen.

Wednesday marked the fourth time he has taken his bike on the road since its inaugural ride, which was the morning of his sister's death. Events like this Ride of Silence tries to re-enforce that message.

"When we first started six years ago, we were the fifth city in OH to hold an event". Linn County held their eight-mile event at City Square Park in Marion.

Brian Tomko says, "We should be riding with the traffic, number one".

The eight-mile ride will be done in silence and at 10 miles per hour to 12 miles per hour. "We have to share the road".

"It was a hit and run".

"It gets bigger every year", said Travis, who anticipates about 250 cyclists.

Rafael Benavides with the City of Laredo says the goal of the event is to encourage local cyclists that they are indeed safe when they are out riding their bikes.

'Ride of Silence' honors cyclists killed or injured by motorists