"This is a way to honor those who have died and to ask motorists to pay attention especially in crossing areas for pedestrians and when passing cyclists".
Bicyclists across the country rode in silence Wednesday to remember cyclists who have been killed or injured on public roads.
This year 300 communities worldwide participated in the Ride of Silence, even as far as India. A 2016 report by the N.C. DOT found 17 cyclists were killed statewide.
Motorists need to understand that bicycles have every right to be on the road, and bicyclists need to follow the rules as if they were driving a vehicle, she said. "People need to understand that there are cyclists out there".
"Every time I get on that bike, I think about that day", Elaine Peiffer said. He was riding his bicycle near Orange Grove and La Cholla on his way to work.
"People say, 'oh, nobody wants to ride their bike to go anywhere.' Well, that's because a lot of people want to, but they don't feel safe enough to do that", Tierney said. It's an accident that changed the rest of her life, and one she still feels pain from.
" It was my sister's passion, and I was trying to share that with her", he said of his motivation to start riding. "I was pulled for several hundred yards".
The Ride of Silence also aims to spread a message.
Cyclists will be required to wear a helmet and sign a wavier prior to the event.