Sherman cyclists bike in seventh annual 'Ride of Silence'

SHERMAN, Texas (KXII) -- A group of Sherman cyclists are joining others around the nation to honor those who have been killed or injured while biking on roads.

The local cyclists took to the roads for the seventh annual "Ride of Silence" Wednesday evening, going on a 10 mile ride throughout the city.

The ride began at Austin College. They traveled slow and in silence, raising awareness of the dangers bicyclists face on the road.

Ride organizer Charlie Jenkins said though they are biking in silence, they want their message to be loud and clear.

"It's to honor them but also raise awareness that there are cyclists on the road and we do share the road with motorists, and so that's what this is all about," Jenkins said.

The cyclists said this year's ride is very timely due to Sherman City Council's recent commitment to improving roads and trails for biking.

Also for the first time, May was recognized as bike month in the city.