More than 130 Sacramento cyclists participated Wednesday night in the annual Ride of Silence.
The local event, one of several across the country during national bike month, honors cyclists who have been killed or injured while riding on local streets. More than 500 cyclists are injured annually on Sacramento County streets, according to state Office of Traffic Safety data.
Jim Brown of the Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates guided the group from Capitol Park to California State University, Sacramento, for a ceremony. Sonya Lovine, one of the ride coordinators said the event goal is to increase understanding that cyclists ride on streets with cars.
As the region’s cycling population increases, city and county officials say they are working on ways to make it easier for drivers and cyclists to share the road more safely.