Local cyclists use worldwide event to honor pedestrians too

Local cyclists use worldwide event to honor pedestrians too

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - A worldwide event, held for National Bike Month, honors cyclists who have been hurt or killed while riding.

“We literally ride in silence,” said Heather Bunkley, a local bicyclist. “It’s like a funeral procession, basically.”

Every May cyclists around the world gather for a Ride of Silence to remember the ones they’ve lost.

Wednesday was a local group's second annual ride, but they did things a little differently this year.

After several crashes involving pedestrians have happened right here in Region 8, local cyclists invited walkers and runners to participate, too.

What’s usually a fast-paced and even chatty activity, took on a somber tone.

“This is something fun that we do for recreation, some people do it for transportation to get to work or school, in general bike riding is a happy thing,” Bunkley Allen said. “But it can also be very dangerous, if people don’t take precautions both as cyclists and as drivers.”

Cyclists and runners started at St. Bernards Health and Wellness before making a 7-mile trek through downtown Jonesboro.

Keeping safety at the forefront, vehicle escorts led and followed the group.

The sponsors of the event, Northeast Arkansas Bicycle Coalition, hope it will continue to grow each year.

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