ROCHESTER, N.Y. — A nationwide bike ride made its way through Rochester for the first time, honoring those who've been injured or died in bicycle accidents.
More than 100 riders, including Mayor Lovely Warren (D), took part in the 16th annual Ride of Silence.
This is the ninth year the event has been held locally, but the first to take place in the city.
Organizers say they want to send a message to drivers, that cyclists deserve to be on the road.
"We're honoring and remembering individuals who have been killed on a bicycle, but we're also saying 'let's share the road,'" said Kecia McCullough, event organizer. "So, if you see some of the individuals have 'share the road' on their back, so that's one of the resounding messages that we're sending today."
"You know, it's been a long, hard winter, so people want to be outside, so we just ask our motorists to not text and drive, to not drink and drive, to really pay attention to those individuals that are out here in our community enjoying the good weather that we're having," Mayor Warren said.
Organizers say Rochester's was one of 315 bike rides taking place in 47 states and on all seven continents.