Cyclists Silently Ride For Cause

Riding in silence.

Tonight cyclists around the world pedaled for a purpose.

The yearly Ride of Silence is special to many.

It honors those killed or injured in car-bike accidents and educates people about road safety.

“If you probably asked ten people who drive cars, ‘What are the rights of bicyclists?’ They’d say, ‘Well, they shouldn’t be on the road,'” said Ken Walker, an 88-year-old avid cyclist.

For these cyclists — sharing the road with motorists is their main message.

“It’s very important that we are all safe,” said Michele Andrews, of the Cadillac Cycling Club, who hosted the ride. “(It’s important) to educate motorists of our rightful spot on the road and our legal right to be there.”

Michele says bikers need to stay far to the right and drivers need to give at least three feet of room to pass. All need to pay attention.

“It’s not people against cars, and cars against bicyclists,” said Allen Garrow, a cyclist. “Think that could be your family, that could be your relatives or it could be your kid — just put that in perspective and when you’re driving.”

Far too often we hear of car-bike accidents causing injury or death.

Allen was hurt when a car ran a red light years ago.

Ken saw a friend killed when he was hit by a car on his bike this winter.

“He always adhered to all the safety rules and so forth and this was just, either the driver was not paying attention or whatever reasons,” Ken said. “But you know, that’s the (tragedy) of life.”

But at 88-years-old, that hasn’t stopped Ken from riding.

He knows these events can help prevent those accidents.

“This brings awareness to everyone that you know we share the road,” he said. “So it goes both ways.”

This was just one group that rode around Lake Cadillac.

There were 325 total rides world-wide tonight, all for the same cause.