Cyclists Gather to Ride in Silence

Local cycling activists continue the advocate for safer streets.

Upwards of 30 riders gathered on Wednesday evening for the 11th Annual Ride in Silence.

"It honours those who have been injured or killed on their bicycles. This year we tragically had a death in the City of Windsor, this does not happen very often but any death on our streets is something that we need to take seriously," says Executive Director of Bike Windsor Essex, Lori Netwon.

She says the group likes to focus on advocacy for safer streets for everyone.

"Whether you're walking, whether you're riding a bicycle, whether you're catching transit, or whether you're driving a car. We've made some inroads but we have a long way to go."

Ward 10 Councillor Jim Morrison was on hand for the ride and says good things are happening.

"If you drive down Totten St. right from Huron Line to South Cameron, it is all under construction with a buffered bike lane and that will connect with South Cameron that already got one a year ago. You'll start to see a mess on Dougall as well because we will be working on the 'Dougall Death Trap.' "

The event also aims to raise awareness of motorists, demonstrating the rules of the road and the importance of giving cyclists at least one metre of space.

Newton says cyclists have a legal right to the use of public roadways without fear.