A windy, wet Ride of Silence

The ride is a worldwide event to honor cyclists who have been injured or killed on the roads and raise awareness of biker safety and shared roads.

They also gathered to pay tribute to all those who were injured or killed in bike crashes.

Bicyclists across MI are joining thousands of others who are pedaling quietly in an annual ride to honor those injured or killed while cycling.

In remembrance of the Kalamazoo bicycle tragedy, the the Kalamazoo County Ride of Silence chapter invites the public to come out to Millennium Park in Portage for an 8.5 mile ride.

This years route is about nine miles long, and all participants must wear a helmet.

The silent, slow-paced ride was organized in 2008 following the cycling death of veteran cyclist and Radford University professor Fess Green. The ride will be held rain or shine. Since then, rides have been held annually all over the world with events in all 50 states, as well as 48 different countries in all seven continents, according to the organization's website.

Anyone with a bicycle is welcome to ride.

  • Julie Sanders