Ridgeland cyclists held silent ride to honor those killed biking on the road

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Many have nicknamed Ridgeland one of the friendliest cities in the state to bike ride in.

But still many bicyclists are in danger on the roads forcing many riders to take action.

It’s called the ride of silence and it was started 12 years ago by locals to honor those they lost or have been seriously injured while riding their bike, but also to teach the public how to share the road. 

As the weather warms up drivers can expect to see more people on bikes while on the road. 

“For the most part you’d be amazed at how many people really don’t know the law,” Ridgeland bicyclist Kelvin Jones told us.

So with the help of Ridgeland police local bicyclists want to send a message to the public. 

“Cyclists have rights on the road,” Officer Scott Young said. “That you’re supposed to allow them three feet when you pass them and that’s what this ride is about. Bring awareness to other motorists to the cyclists’ rights.”

“We just ask that you give us the three feet,” Ridgeland bicyclist Jimbo Raley said. “We’ll do our best to stay out of your way and we own cars and pay taxes like everyone else does. Just give us the respect we want.”

The bike ride was six miles long starting here at North Park Mall then going all the way down County Line to Highway 51 then going onto Lake Harbor. Riders however will not be talking or making any noise in honor of those who lost their lives or seriously injured while riding their bike. 

“Myself was hit I guess around 2002 by a car and I was out of work for about a month,” Jayce Powell expressed. “I had a hairline fracture the full length of my nose, had a concussion and broken bones it was bad.”

While sharing the road Ridgeland bicyclists have special communication signals drivers should be on the lookout for. 

“When I ride by myself I communicate with the cars,” Jones said. “I talk to the cars, I wave them, I stop them and they’re pretty respectful.” 

Another big advocate leading the charge for bike safety is the Ridgeland Mayor himself Gene McGee who is a long time cyclist. 

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