An international event held in over 300 cities took place to raise awareness for cyclist that have been either injured or killed on roadways. It's called the ride of silence and is intended to educate everyone that cyclist have the same rights to be on the roadways as cars.
John Mosier, Revolution Cycling Team Director, said "you're suppose to give that bike three feet when you go around them. Also know too that that bike is only on two wheels so a day like today where's it's really windy that bikes going to be a little unstable so be aware of that when you go around them."
These riders made sure they were properly equipped for the ride. Maybe the most important piece of gear a rider can have is their helmet. Hans Rehrmann knows this all too well after a wreck while riding in a park. "The ranger that found me at the parkway, I was totally out, but he said if I hadn't worn the bike helmet they would have scraped my brains off the road." said Rehrmann.
Even with safety gear and being aware of traffic Mosier says there is never a point of being completely comfortable on the road. "You're always aware they're coming around you that's why you should have some sort of mirror wither on your helmet or on your bicycle." said Mosier.
Riders wore armbands to represent a personal connection. Black armbands were worn by those that knew someone involved in a fatality with an auto, red armbands were worn if the rider knew someone injured in a bicycle versus car accident.