Several hundred cyclists from Chattahoochee Valley will gather at Lakebottom Park Wednesday night for a memorial ride.
The Ride of Silence, started in 2003 in Texas and brought to Columbus last year, is a memorial to cyclists killed in road mishaps.
The Columbus ride starts at 7 p.m. at the Lakebottom band shell. The riders, in a group will ride through parts of Midtown and downtown Columbus.
The Columbus ride was organized by local cyclist Donna Hernandez a year ago after two cyclists were hit by a vehicle on a Harris County Road. Scott Matty was killed in the crash. Jeff Davis was seriously injured.
Davis, after a lengthy and difficult recovery, is back on the bike and will be the Ride of Silence leader.
“Jeff Davis, who is a courageous bicycle injury survivor, great road cyclist, and inspiration to us all,” a release from the Columbus Cycling Club stated. “We are all very grateful and proud to have him leading us this year.”
The ride will have police escort.
“Please remember that we would all like to remain together on this ride and solidified in our purpose, which is to respect and remember those who have been killed or injured on bicycles,” the release stated.
The inspiration for the ride came six years ago after cyclist Larry Schwartz was killed outside Dallas when he was hit by a school bus mirror.The first ride, with only word of mouth and e-mail communication, drew more than 1,000 riders.