Ride of Silence

A silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while biking on public roadways took place Wednesday evening in Spring Lake.
Tribune Staff
May 16, 2013

Although cyclists have a legal right to share the road with motorists, the motoring public often isn't aware of these rights, and sometimes not aware of the cyclists themselves, organizers said.

In the Ride of Silence, cyclists were asked to ride no faster than 12 mph, wear helmets, follow the rules of the road and remain silent during the entire eight-mile trip. There were no sponsors or registration fees.

The ride aims to raise the awareness of motorists, police and public officials that cyclists have a legal right to the public roadways.

May is National Bike Month and this week is Bike to Work Week.

There were 1,970 reported crashes involving bicyclists in Michigan last year, according to the state. Those crashes resulted in 1,598 injuries and 20 fatalities.

The number of deaths resulting from crashes involving bicyclists is down 17 percent from 2011. But the state said bicyclist crashes result in a disproportionately high number of deaths compared to other crash types.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

CLICK HERE to read the Mailbag answer to a question on the rules of the road for bicyclists.

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