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HAPPENING TODAY: Annual Ride of Silence remembers injured, killed cyclists

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (KWWL) – The ‘Ride of Silence for the Cedar Valley’ is happening on Wednesday to remember cyclists who have been injured or killed.

People from around the world are participating in the annual event. The Cedar Valley Cyclists have put on the memorial for about 10 years. However, Wednesday’s ride may take on a new meaning. In the past year, three cyclists from the Cedar Valley have died while riding their bikes.

Coordinator Roger White said the ride may be emotional.

“The same thoughts as when you go to a visitation. You remember those that are gone and you respectfully remember them, and hopefully, they don’t have a lot of people joining them,” he said. “The whole idea is to ride it slowly. It’s a solemn event. We ride in silence, that’s why it’s called the ‘Ride of Silence’ out of respect for folks we’re memorializing.”

White said the ride is also a reminder to drivers to share the road. He said distracted driving is the reason many riders are injured and killed on public roads. He asks everyone to watch out for cyclists.

Last year, according to Bike Iowa, 12 cyclists were killed and 29 were injured.

If you’d like to ride on Wednesday, registration begins at 6 p.m. There will be a short memorial before the ride begins.

Cyclists will complete an eight-mile ride through Cedar Falls, starting and ending at Fourth and Main Street. There is no cost. Cedar Valley Cyclists asks you to bring your helmet.

On Wednesday, there will be additional ‘Ride of Silence’ locations around Iowa:

  • Des Moines
  • Sergeant Bluff
  • Cedar Falls
  • Dubuque

For more information on the ride, you can visit:

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