Ride of Silence honors bicyclists, promotes safety

The International Ride of Silence started in 2003 in Dallas, Texas. It's held annually on the third Wednesday in May and has grown to include hundreds of locations worldwide.

Posted: May 15, 2019 11:32 PM
Updated: May 15, 2019 11:32 PM

Speech to Text for Ride of Silence honors bicyclists, promotes safety

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at 11" every year.. bicyclists around the world participate in the ride of silence. riding for those they've lost.. and improving bike safety. thanks for joining us.. i'm chynna greene. new tonight at 11 -- kezi 9 news reporter tyler jones spoke with cyclists riding in eugene earlier this evening. he joins us live in the studio to share their stories... and hopes for the future. tyler? chynna.. you see them on our streets every day. bicyclists on the streets.. and alongside you in the bicycle lane. but it's when you don't see them.. that the worst can happen. "if no one ever had to go through what my family goes through daily, that would be fantastic." the worldwide ride of silence.. is for aaron franklin.. who lost his brother three years ago this saturday. "the rid of silence was one of my first times back on the bike after it happened." and for marina hejek (hi-eck).. who lost her son twelve years ago.. while he was trying to cross bailey hill road. "you could see 125 feet of skid marks. it was too late for him. too late for my son." it's for them.. and every member of the biking community that has lost someone they love. they ride past memorials.. and ghost bikes.. silently paying their respects for lost members of the biking community. but it's also more than that. "hopefully rides like this kind of raise that awareness that if there is a cyclist in the lane ahead of you then you need to pay extra close attention." that's why for this ride.. these cyclists also wore specially made vests that say 'may use full lane'.. rather than share the road. "bicyclists do not have the protection that cars do. so, when you say share the road it makes it seem like there's an even playing field, and it's just not that way." eugene recently adopted the vision zero action plan.. aiming for no loss of life or serious injury in eugene's transportation system. and these cyclists.. need the community's help to make that happen. "many say, oh, well, we cannot expect that there won't be -- that there will be zero fatalities. i say, well, but, do you want your child to be the one who will be killed. that's the question, no?" tonight's ride ended on a positive note.. at the david minor theater in eugene to watch the movie 'why we cycle'.. to inspire them and others to do what they can to make the streets safer for everyone. live in the studio tyler jones kezi
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