Ride of Silence in Jackson County

PHOENIX, Ore. — Dozens of riders joined with local police departments to also honor cyclists killed in Oregon.

Siskiyou Velo – a local bike club – worked with the officers to coordinate the “Ride of Silence.” The event is held at the same time at locations all over the world.

In 2011, 15 cyclists were killed on Oregon roadways, which was up from 7 in 2010. In response to that, Siskiyou Velo is working on a new rider safety education program. The group also wants to give riders more confidence.

“We’re concerned about the safety of cyclists and one of the major reasons that people don’t use bicycles more for transportation, recreation or exercise is because they don’t feel safe,” said Vicki Brown with Siskiyou Velo.

The ride stretched 10 miles from Blue Heron Park in Phoenix to Talent and then back to the park.