Cyclists worldwide come together in Ride of Silence, including in Texoma

SHERMAN, Tex. (KXII)-- It all started in 2003 after Larry Schwartz, an endurance cyclist, was killed near McKinney after being hit by a passing bus.

That year the Ride of Silence began and over 1,000 cyclists participated.

Not only to honor Schwartz but to raise awareness of cyclists on the road and to honor others who have been injured or killed on public roadways.

"We've had friend that have been hit and killed, and so this is for the riders to represent those," said Pat Jenkins.

On Wednesday dozens of cyclists , many from the Texoma Cycling Club gathered outside Austin College for their ten mile ride.

Ron Singletary is from Fort Worth, he's also had a friend who was killed while riding his bicycle.

"It was pretty tough because he has a wife and young children, and it was a hit and run, but they did find who did it," said Singletary.

Today the event is honored in over 370 locations worldwide throughout seven continents.

Cyclists were asked to ride no faster than 12 mph, follow the rules of the road and remain silent during the ride.

"It's kind of like if you will, a funeral procession on bikes for those that have been injured or killed," said Jenkins.

"It's a world wide event now, and its really spreading, its picked up a lot of steam," added Singletary.

According PedBikeInfo, a Pedestrian and Bicycle information center...

Pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities increased by 31 percent between 2008 and 2017.

Something that cyclists want drivers to be aware of.

"Just share the road, be safe, we can all work together, it just takes some time and it works for bicyclists and motorists at the same time," said Jenkins.