MAY 17, 2006 -- POSTED AT 10:30 P.M. CDT
The statistics are surprising. Most may think bicycle riding is a fairly safe sport, but across the nation, over 600 cyclists are killed on the road each year and these local cyclists say their main goal is to raise awareness to prevent this preventable problem.
They say they're not out to inconvenience drivers and if everyone did their part, the injuries and even deaths could easily be prevented.
"We don't want to hold people up. We're just out trying to enjoy something and stay fit at the same time," says Owens.
These cyclists say this sport is something that's here to stay, so the best thing they figured they could do is spread the word about cycling safety.
Their main advice for drivers was fairly simple.
"I guess the biggest thing I can say is just to have a little patience with us. We're going to be as careful as we can to be out of your way, so just give us a little room and a little patience. We're going to do our best not to cause you to have an accident and we just ask the same," says Sterns.