About 35 cyclists gathered Wednesday evening to take part in the annual Charles City Ride of Silence, honoring all those who have been injured or killed while cycling, and serving as a reminder to motorists to be conscientious of cyclists while driving.
The event carries special significance in Floyd County, where three individuals lost their lives while cycling: Brian Lauterbach in 2014, Bob Phillips in 2016 and Ellen Bengtson in 2020.
The Ride of Silence is held in cities around the world, usually on the third Wednesday in May, which is national Bicycling Month in the United States. This is the 18th year Bob Krueger of Charles City has organized the event in his hometown.
Father Tom Heathershaw of Immaculate Conception Church said a prayer and gave a blessing before the ride, asking for the safety of all riders — cyclists both local and around the world.
The Ride of Silence began in Dallas, Texas, in 2003, after a cyclist who was well known in that area was killed when struck by a school bus, then the event began spreading worldwide.