Bicycling event honors fallen and injured cyclists

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (WILX) -- Hundreds of people will pedal their bicycles from the campus of Michigan State University to the state capitol in Lansing Wednesday night.

The 2018 Ride of Silence event is held to remember bicyclists who were tragically killed or seriously hurt in a motor vehicle accident. The event is also held to those people working to make roads safer for pedestrians and cyclists.

This is the 11th year for the event. Lansing is just one of more than 350 locations participating around the world. Tim Potter, the head organizer of the event said this ride gives hope to friends and families of loved ones who have passed.

"There are other people that support them and that remember their loved ones and friends and that there are people working to improve things so they don't feel like nobody cares or that nothing will ever change with what happened to their loved one," Potter said.

Bicyclists will ride in silence while wearing helmets. After the ride, there will be a memorial service at the capitol, and family members of those lost are expected to speak.

The ride begins at 6:30 PM at Wells Hall located at 619 Red Cedar Rd.

Riders will then make the trip to the state capitol in downtown Lansing and have the option to ride back to MSU or gather after the event at the Lansing Brewing Company.

The ride of silence is open to everyone and riders will be escorted by police.