Cyclists participate in "Ride of Silence"

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) — On Wednesday evening, more than a dozen cyclists met at Eastern Mennonite University to participate in the 'Ride of Silence.'

The ride is an annual international bicycle ride to commemorate cyclists killed and support those injured while riding on public roads. It also aims to raise the awareness of motorists, police and city officials that cyclists have a legal right to the public roadways.

Participants are asked to ride no faster than 12 miles per hour, wear helmets, remain silent and follow the rules of the road.

"We would like cars to treat us as a vehicle," said Marshall Hammond, a local organizer of the event. "Give us our space and be cognizant of the fact that we aren't going to go 35 and 40 miles per hour."

The ride was backed by the Shenandoah Valley Bike Coalition as part of the National Bike Month activities.