Cyclists Ride to Honor Fellow Cyclists Killed or Injured on Road

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

HARRISONBURG, Va.---Harrisonburg cyclists took a ride to honor those who have been injured or killed on the road.

Cyclists that participate in the Ride of Silence worldwide honor the cyclists in a silent procession.

For Elli Mirenda this ride has a deeper meaning.

"My father passed away a little less than four years ago and I wanted to do something just to remember her by with a lot of people," said Mirenda.

Mirenda's father Joseph, was killed on Port Republic road in Harrisonburg.

He is one of the people organizer Marshall Hammond reminded cyclists to think of during the ride.

In addition, he thinks this is an opportunity to remind others the importance of sharing the road.

"We are not gonna talk we will clip in, we will obey all the traffic, we ask the cars to do the same thing," said Hammond.

Mirenda said it is hard to ride a bike without worrying about getting hurt.

"Getting back on a bike again feels like I am honoring him that's what he was doing, that's what he loved to do," said Mirenda.

She said it is something that would make her dad proud.

"I'm thinking, he will be here riding with us. He is happy that we are all doing this. He's happy I'm doing this," said Mirenda.

This is the 10th anniversary of the Ride of Silence. The event is part of bike month.

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