Event Today Designed To Raise Driver Awareness Of Bicycles


Event Today Designed To Raise Driver Awareness Of Bicycles

The cycling community is looking to come together during the annual Ride of Silence event which honors those cyclists that have died or been hurt while riding their bikes.

He was killed four years ago when a Montana driver cut in front of him and he crashed. In 2017, seven cyclists were killed in Iowa.

A group of cyclists took off from Reid Park in silence.

Tierney, the president of Bicycle Advocacy of Central Arkansas, said she was grateful the Ride of Silence only had one rider to honor, because in 2016 they had 12. "People need to understand that there are cyclists out there".

"Bring awareness to motorists that we are out there and to share the road", said Millhollin.

Memorial to Dan Wilson who was killed while riding his bicycle in 2015
Memorial to Dan Wilson who was killed while riding his bicycle in 2015

The organizer of the event says they just want drivers to be aware of who's around them. Others experienced in firsthand.

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

"He was in the bike lane, he had his helmet on, the lights were on", said Chris "Cheetah" Williams, who also works as a bicycle courier. It's an accident that changed the rest of her life, and one she still feels pain from. Actually caught my front tire when they swerved over to where I was at.

How to make that happen, Rodriguez said, is to recognize "sobering facts" about the realities of vehicular traffic. "All of us that cycle realize there are risks but when we're watchful and when vehicles are watchful, that's the most important thing", Northrop Davidson said.

OH law states bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as other vehicles on roadways.