Distracted driver billboard and ride of silence promote bicycle safety

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LANSING, MI (WILX) - Two new billboards in Lansing and a local observance of a world-wide bike procession on Tuesday are intended to raise awareness, respect, and safety for bicyclists on the road.

The new billboards remember and honor Jill Byelich, the Dewitt cyclist and mother of two who was killed on September 2, 2014, by a phone-using driver who was later convicted of distracted driving.

The billboards are displayed in two locations.

The first is on Kalamazoo St, west of the intersection with Francis Street.

The billboard at that location faces westbound traffic.

The second billboard can be found at Cedar Street, south of Edgewood Boulevard.

That billboard faces northbound traffic.

Tuesday night the Greater Lansing Ride of Silence will be a silent bicycling procession, from Michigan State University to the Capitol, to honor cyclists, like Jill Byelich, who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways.

Bicyclists of all ages and riding skill levels have been invited to participate.

The Greater Lansing Ride of Silence is one of over 400 similar rides occurring across the globe annually and simultaneously.

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