Cyclists ride in silence for annual bike safety awareness campaign

LANSING, MI. (WILX) -- Hundreds of people are expected to take advantage of the dry weather by riding their bicycles from the campus of Michigan State University to the State Capitol in Lansing.

Cyclists from across the state will be riding in silence from MSU's campus to the State Capitol Wednesday night.

The annual ride of silence will be one of hundreds held across the world to raise awareness for bicycle safety.

The ride has been happening for over a decade and honors cyclists that were killed or hurt while riding on public roads.

One of those people is Jill Byelich.

The Dewitt Township woman was out for a bike ride in September of 2014 when she was hit by a distracted driver on West Howe Road.

Last month, two billboards were put up by the Tri-County Bicycle Association to raise awareness for bicycle safety.

One billboard is on Kalamazoo Street near Francis Street and the other is on Cedar Street near Edgewood Boulevard.

To honor Byelich and other cyclists, riders will make the trip from MSU to the State Capitol in Lansing while being escorted by police.

They'll have the option to ride back to campus or gather after the event at the Lansing Brewing Company.

The ride of silence is open to everyone but helmets are required.

Registration for the bike ride will happen between 5:15 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. Tuesday at Wells Hall Plaza on MSU's campus.

Bicyclists will then take off around 6:30 p.m.

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