Houston Ride of Silence honors lost and injured cyclists

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HOUSTON, TX – Riding your bike might be a healthy pastime, but it can also be a dangerous one.

Close to 700 cyclists are killed every year in the U.S.

To honor those lost and injured, Houston cyclists took part in the worldwide Ride of Silence.

“I came out here today,” Erin Urban said, “to honor those people who have passed away, those avid riders, unfortunately some people that I know.”

The quiet, slow trip from Memorial Park to Downtown offered time to reflect on the lives cut way too short, including several killed here in Houston over the last few months, and to raise awareness about bicycle safety.

“By making Houston more cycling friendly city,” Michael Payne said, “we will create options and freedom for people to move around the city in safe ways.”

The memorial tribute was launched in Dallas in 2003, but not much has changed over the last decade. Cyclists are still risking their lives through the simple act of enjoying an activity they love.

“Houston is a difficult city to cycle in,” Doug House said. ‘It is getting better. It’s going to take time — all of us are at risk when we ride our bikes.”

A somber reminder to Bayou City drivers — the roads don’t belong only to you.

Be aware of your surroundings and you might save lives.