Bicyclists across globe pedal in Ride of Silence for safety


The nationwide "Ride in Silence" cycling event began in 2003 and made it's way to Temple in 2005.

The 15th annual "Ride of Silence" was held in Warren on Wednesday in honor of bicyclists who have been killed or injured while riding on public roadways.

In remembrance of the Kalamazoo bicycle tragedy, the the Kalamazoo County Ride of Silence chapter invites the public to come out to Millennium Park in Portage for an 8.5 mile ride.

WLNS-TV reports bicyclists will gather at Michigan State University and ride with police escorts to the Capitol and back. The ride will begin at 7 p.m.

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"One of the reasons that I'm riding today is for equal rights to the road", he said. He said three years ago he went on a cross-country bicycle ride from California to Florida, recalling seeing more animosity from drivers in Lubbock than he did anywhere else on his entire trip.

The cyclists said this year's ride is very timely due to Sherman City Council's recent commitment to improving roads and trails for biking.

Ride of Silence is part of a worldwide effort that brings attention to the dangers cyclists face.

In ideal unity, cyclists will silently ride through the region this weekend.