Bicyclists ride in silence to raise awareness and honor cyclists killed

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MARION, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) - Bicyclists across the country rode in silence Wednesday to remember cyclists who have been killed or injured on public roads. One took place in Marion.

The ride also follows a fatal bicycle crash in Cedar Rapids. An SUV hit and killed a man near the intersection of Collins Road and Twixt Town Road on Friday afternoon.

The cyclists took off just after 6 p.m. They rode for eight miles in silence.

"It's kind of hard to not talk, but really we want our silence to speak volumes," organizer Nikki Northrop Davidson said.

On their minds were the hundreds that are killed or injured each year trying to share the roads with vehicles.

"Cycling has increased exponentially across this area, and across the United States," Northrop Davidson said, "People are really looking at it as a viable means of transportation."

Just Monday, Christopher Lewis from Marion died after a driver hit him on Collins Road Friday afternoon.

"It was a tragedy. All I can tell you is cyclists need to ride predictably. Pedestrians need to walk predictably. And vehicles need to drive predictably," Northrop Davidson said.

They hope with more awareness, fewer people will lose their lives.