Traverse City Ride of Silence Honors Kelly Boyce-Hurlbert

10 months later, investigators still have no substantial leads in the hit and run death of Kelly Boyce-Hurlbert.

Today dozens gathered to honor her, and all those killed on bicycles.

The Ride of Silence also promotes bicycle safety.

Kelly Boyce-Hurlbert was riding her bike home from work when she was hit and dragged more than a block.

It happened early on July 5th last year at Railroad and Washington in Traverse City.

Since her death, nearly 700 tips have poured in– descriptions of pick up trucks and SUV’s that had front end damage.

But detectives say the tips all led to dead ends. 

The Ride of Silence is a worldwide event, but it hits closer to home this year for the cycling community in Traverse City after the death of Kelly Boyce-Hurlbert.

They want tonight’s ride to make a statement.

“As I got four blocks from here, Railroad and State, he came around the corner, didn’t stop at the stop sign, and purposely ran me over as I road up into a yard, and he still ran me over.”

That was 15 years ago, and John Robert Williams says he was lucky to walk away with only minor injuries and a bent bike.

As more people in northern Michigan take to two wheels, these riders hope to raise awareness about cycling. 

“We want to make advocacy for safe bicycling and safe motoring for cars as well. We have to share the same roadways,” says Ride for Silence Co-Chair, Tom Auer.

During the ride of silence, cyclists displayed the behaviors they believe should happen on any ride. 

Vigilance and visibility are key.”

The ride’s designed to open the eyes of many. Not only showing how many cyclists are in Traverse City, but how it’s a joint effort to prevent any more tragedies. 

“Especially with what happened to Kelly this past year, just a neighbor, you have to be here for this. You can’t not be here. We don’t want to have any fatalities or accidents whatsoever,” says Williams.

Many cyclists said riding in silence for eight miles is a good time to reflect and remember those who have been killed or injured while biking.