Ride of Silence held in Columbus to honor injured and fallen cyclists

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The Ride of Silence was held across the country Wednesday in honor of all the cyclists who have been injured and lost their lives while bike riding.

River Valley Regional Commission, Ride on Bikes, Arnold Bikes, and several others partnered to host a silent bike ride in Columbus. About 68 riders participated.

Columbus police were the guests of honor and led the group.

"We have to keep people safe, but not only our locals that live here that commute to work and that do it for pleasure. Bicycles in Columbus draw tourism so it's just a way to provide safety and education necessary for people to be safe," said Julio Portillo, regional transportation planner with the River Valley Regional Commission.

Ride of Silence is a national event and bike shops across the U.S. conduct rides at the same time.

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