LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - On Wednesday night the West Texas Cycling Association held their 17th annual Ride of Silence for people who lost their lives while riding a bicycle.
The ride is an international event that honors those who have been killed, but it also promotes bicyclist safety. “It’s one of those things that as wonderful as it is, it’s also very terrible and very depressing,” said Justin Houser, president of West Texas Cycling Association.
Dozens of bicyclist with West Texas Cycling Association gathered on Texas Tech’s campus to embark in their annual ‘Ride of Silence.’
“West Texas lost five cyclists last year that they were part of clubs between Midland, Odessa and Amarillo. Not to mention the many other people who are lost who use bicycles as primary means of transportation,” said Houser.
Houser is an avid cyclist and he says its important to remember those who lost their lives riding a bike. “This is a ride that is done in remembrance of all of them and in honor of all of them for going out and doing something that they care about and that they love.”
Houser says this year was especially hard. “The hardest part honestly is one of them was our own, David Nelson, who was a very was a longtime club member with the West Texas Cycling Association, and was an incredible member of our community. This is one of those difficult rides because he was a part of this last year.”
A bike painted white, called the ghost bike, was used to represent Nelson and the others lost followed by riders who stayed absolutely silent as a way to remember.