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Ride of Silence held in Abilene to honor of cyclists killed while riding

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The Ride of Silence was held Wednesday in Abilene and more than 350 other locations around the world.

The event raises awareness about cycling safety and honors those who've lost their lives in cycling accidents.

Members of the Abilene Women's Cycling Connection started at Redbud Park and rode through the surrounding neighborhood.

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According to the AWCC, nine cyclists have been killed in Abilene since 2010. The last was April Gist in 2018. She was hit by an SUV on S. 27th Street.

March 31, 2018 - April Gist

November 23, 2016 - Casey Ellis

August 20, 2016 - Valentin Grigory Papadin

January 29, 2016 - Augustine Salazar

August 6, 2015 - Sam Carroll

September 26, 2014 - Nathan Fife

April 12, 2014 - Jesus Tijerina

May 26, 2010 - Susan Gerred

April 3, 2010 - Benard L. Eguia

Safety tips for Bicyclists (Courtesy of TxDOT)

  • Wear a properly fitted helmet to reduce the chances of head injury and death. (Some cities and counties require cyclists to wear helmets. Contact local law enforcement for more information.)
  • Always check brakes and tires before riding.
  • Make it easier for drivers to see you by wearing light colors or reflective clothing.
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Safety tips for Drivers (Courtesy of TxDOT)

  • Be on the lookout for cyclists on the highway, especially at intersections.
  • If you're passing a bicyclist, move to another lane if possible and give them plenty of room.
  • Watch for riders who may need to maneuver around potholes and debris.
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