Cyclists take part in silent ride

Posted at 10:39 PM, May 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-19 00:40:12-04

Cyclists took to the streets Wednesday night for a reflective silent ride as part of Boise Bike Week.  It was a ride to remember those they’ve lost and could have lost on the road.

For six miles cyclists rode without speaking a word. They rode to honor their fallen cyclists and to raise awareness that they are out on the road.

“This is an international ride so it's going on all over the world on this day in every time zone,” said Lisa Brady with the Treasure Valley Cycling Alliance.

The riders made a stop at the intersection where little Max Wyatt almost lost his life last year.  Max was riding his bike with his dad when he was struck by a minivan in September.  Max and his family met the cyclists and Max gave everyone a few words of advice. 

His advice for bicyclists?

“Look out for cars,” Max said.  For drivers?  “Look out for bikes.”

The ride ended at the Boise State Student Union Building for a safety forum. They're working to reach Vision Zero, zero deaths and zero accidents. They already have some ideas to reach their goal and are working to implement them.

“We have conversations happening with the city, county and state about how safety goes on our roads. How people are treated and how they're educated out there too,” Brady said.

Boise Bike Week continues until Saturday. Friday is also National Bike to Work Day.