Dozens of Cadillac Cyclist Participate In Worldwide Ride Of Silence

Clay Curtis
May 17, 2018

Capistrant told the participants that it's rougher than ever for bicyclists to be on the road these days because drivers are so distracted.

"It's a two-way street", she said.

"We are looking for ways to make it safer for people to not have to get in the vehicle every time they want to go somewhere", Tierney said.

In 2003, Chris Phelan organized the first Ride of Silence in Dallas after endurance cyclist Larry Schwartz was hit by a mirror of a passing bus.

The ride is meant to honor those who have been killed on Texas roads and raise awareness for their cause.

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The silent, slow-paced ride is dedicated to honoring cyclists injured or killed while riding on roads everywhere, as well as raising awareness to share the road.

An empty bike sat at the start of the ride representing the hundreds of people who are hurt or killed riding bikes every year. "We want to be safe, and we would hope that people would want to treat us safely, as well". "I got caught between a pickup and a horse trailer".

Rafael Benavides with the City of Laredo says the objective of the event is to encourage local cyclists that they are indeed safe when they are out riding their bikes. The 10-mile ride is free and open to riders of all ages. "We're trying to just gently encourage that this is about the future".

All 50 states took part in last year's Ride of Silence with 390 locations worldwide, according to the organization's website.

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