WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Dozens of bicycle riders took part in a “Ride of Silence” in Westfield Wednesday night.
The “Ride of Silence” is an international event to memorialize bicyclists killed and injured in crashes with cars and trucks.
As the name implies, bicyclists rode in silence at a slow pace along an 8-mile route through Westfield.
One of the organizers, John Podolski was hurt in a hit-and-run accident last summer, suffering a broken back and broken ribs.
Westfield participant Jeffrey Wright told 22News the “Ride” emphasizes making yourself safer, by making yourself visible.
“Ride your bicycle they way you would ride a motorcycle,” said Wright. “Like your invisible. people don’t see you. people either aren’t paying attention or maybe don’t see you. And always be aware of: what if that person can’t see me right now and suddenly turns right.”
Two bicyclists were killed in crashes in eastern Massachusetts just this week.
The “Ride of Silence” hopes to raise awareness of bicycle riders’ rights on the road, and the need for respect and courtesy for everyone using the road.