A "Silent" Bike Ride That Wasn't Quiet

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

Over 50 bicyclists met in downtown Greenville Wednesday night for a silent tribute ride, but their message was anything but quiet.

The annual event started in Texas in 2003 and now spans to all 50 states including 18 countries worldwide.

The silent tribute ride honors fellow cyclists who have died or been injured while riding on the road.

Since 2004, Eastern Carolina has had at least 10 bicyclists lose their life in accidents involving motorists.

With the most recent occurring this March, when 54-year old Joseph Smallwood died after being struck by an ECU transit bus in Greenville.

EC Velo Cylcing Club President, Christy Deardorff says the ride may be silent but the message is deafening.

The bicycle ride went through Greenville's busiest streets and totaled about 10 miles.

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