Bicyclists across globe pedal in Ride of Silence for safety

61 people died in traffic crashes in the city last year 27 of whom were on a bike or on foot

61 people died in traffic crashes in the city last year 27 of whom were on a bike or on foot

Although cyclists have a legal right to share the road with drivers, many often aren't aware of these rights and sometimes aren't even aware of the cyclists either.

Angela Zhu wore all black to the ride as a sign respect for those who lost their lives while cycling.

Zhu has had a few close calls herself and showed her battered blue helmet as proof.

Lori Harrell, 55, of Windsor, and her riding buddy, Lisa Cooper, 47, from Plymouth drove in to ride in the Ride of Silence.

Ride of Silence kicked off at Reid Park Wednesday night. "That person is just trying to get home, too", Jesse Wonders said. It would have been much safer.

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The pre-ride ceremonies begin at 6:40 p.m.in the parking lot north of Radford Auditorium, but police are asking riders to come at 6:15 p.m. for instructions. All bikes and their riders are welcome.

"People are fallible. We're going to make mistakes".

"It was started in 2004 in Texas, and this is our seventh or eighth year of doing it", said Danny Jones, owner of Lincoln Avenue Cycling and Fitness. "If the answer is no then we have to do better".

Shawn Thompson, 28, said he is new to riding.

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