Ride of Silence for slain cyclists to take place Wednesday night in Tampa

Riders who want to participate are being asked to show up at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Representatives from the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Organization will be there to accept donations for the Bicycle Safety Outreach Fund that the Hillsborough Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee and the MPO created to buy bike lights and reflective vests for cyclists riding at night.

The Hillsborough County Commission has authorized funding for those items, and the Tampa City Council is expected to hear from staff members on Thursday regarding a similar request.

Last year, over 300 Ride to Silence events were held throughout the world.

Seven people have been killed while riding bikes in Hillsborough County through the first four months of this year; adding fatalities from 2010 and 2011, the total number of cyclists killed comes to 24.

It's not news to those in the Tampa Bay area, as one advocacy group last year ranked the region the country's second most dangerous area for pedestrians.

This Wednesday night in Tampa, bicyclists will gather to mourn for their own.

The Ride of Silence is an international annual event, held every third Wednesday in May since 2003. It's a way for cyclists to ride in a silent procession to honor fellow cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways.

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