Cyclists advocate for safer streets with Ride of Silence in Greenville

GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) Wednesday evening more than 50 cyclists from around ea​stern North Carolina took to the streets of Greenville as part of the National Ride of Silence.

The event aims to raise awareness for the increasing need for safer, more inclusive, and accessible streets, as well as to honor those cyclists who have been killed or injured.

Riders pedaled through parts of uptown onto Arlington Blvd. and back to Evans St. on a route that highlighted some of Greenville's infrastructural improvements that have been made recently to improve roads for cyclists.

The ride also highlighted stretches of roads that are not as bike-friendly, like the intersections of Arlington Blvd. and Firetower Rd., and Greenville Blvd. and Evans St.

The 10-mile ride took just over an hour for cyclists to complete and ended with a gathering at Pitt Street Brewing.

This year was the 16th year of the Ride of Silence which is held every year in May during National Bike Safety Month.