Cedar Falls, Iowa – Bicycle rides will be taking place in at least seven Iowa cities tonight as a tribute to cyclists who’ve been killed or seriously injured in crashes. The “Ride of Silence” was started 16 years ago in Texas and is now an annual event in thousands of cities and towns worldwide. Roger White says participants are asked to pedal the entire route without uttering word – unless it’s to warn other cyclists about a potential hazard.
According to the Iowa Bicycle Coalition, 11 people died in bicycle crashes in Iowa in 2016. Nine of those crashes involved collisions with vehicles and in five cases, the bicyclists were struck from behind. White says fatal car-versus-bicycle crashes could possibly be eliminated if all motorists kept their focus on the road.
White and many other bicyclists are also calling for greater penalties in Iowa for motorists who are found at fault for hitting a cyclist.
Rides of Silence are taking place tonight in Charles City and Mason City, along with Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Marshalltown, and Sioux City.
For more information, go to RideofSilence.org.