Ride of Silence Brings Voice to Cyclists

By Andrew Wittenberg  - bio | email | Twitter

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The Ride of Silence began in Texas in 2003, but after a deadly accident last year, it gained some serious support in Columbus.

Cyclists will be out in force again this year, riding in silence, hoping to bring a voice to their cause.

The Ride of Silence in Columbus will be less than 10 miles, but its message hopes to travel much further.

"We don't want to get in anyone's way, but we do want to recognize the bike is something that belongs on the road," said Dr. Gabriel Denes, President of the Columbus Cycling Club.

Which is something the club feels has been abandoned, especially with a rise in injuries, even deaths, to cyclists.

The ride has particular significance in Columbus now.

In February of 2008, one cyclist was killed while riding on highway 315 in Harris County, another cyclist, Jeff Davis, was critically injured.

"The next thing I know, I wake up in a hospital about a week later and then I found out what happened to me and my friend Scott," Davis said.

Davis was with Scott Matty that day last February.

Davis suffered multiple injuries when a car struck his bike...Matty was killed instantly.

Davis, who admits he still gets nervous when a car passes by his bike, will lead the Ride of Silence in Columbus, barely a year after his friend was killed in front of him.

"Being in a severe accident last year as a result of a motorist, and also, in that same accident losing a friend and fellow cyclist of mine, this has an even deeper meaning for me," Davis said.