New bike paths, new bike lanes–central Ohio continues to evolve as a bicyclist-friendly region.
But sadly, in 2014, three cyclists were hit and killed by drivers in the Columbus area and 21 others were seriously injured.
Wednesday, hundreds pedaled together in silence from the heart of downtown hoping others will take their message to heart.
“I survived a car-bike accident when I was 12,” said rider Stu Nicholson. “So, this is personal to me.”
The ride of silence that began at City Hall was personal to most of the 500 riders committed to the 15-mile ride up High Street and back.
Geri Rousculp was one of the ones with a personal stake in the matter.
“Several years, ago my dad was hit by a car,” Rousculp said. “He ended up with a shattered elbow. He spent time in the hospital, many weeks of recovery, all because a driver turned left right in front of him.”
This ride was not a timed event. It was not about speed…it was about uniting to show Columbus and Central Chio that the army of two-wheelers is growing. And that the hope is to minimize the tragedy of lost lives in recent years represented by these white “ghost bikes” parked along the route.
“Riding on the streets, you really can’t go more than a year without having 3 or 4 close calls.”
These cyclists weren’t just riding to point a finger at motorists. Some we spoke said they have seen other cyclists failing to follow the same rules as those behind the wheel.
Organizers, like those with Yay Bikes, want cyclists to get a little training about clothing and safety equipment and to try and stay one step, or pedal, ahead of those they share the road with