PCB Cyclists Honor Those Injured and Killed in Annual 'Ride of Silence'

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. - On Wednesday night, dozens of cyclists were peddling for a purpose along Panama City Beach roadways.

"For this year in Florida alone, for 2017, I think there's been 56 deaths already on the road of cyclists by cars or trucks," said Ride of Silence Chair, and Barley's Bike Rental Co-Owner Joe Fritz.

Cyclists took to the streets of Panama City Beach for the '2nd Annual Ride of Silence'.

It's for those cyclists who were injured or died while biking.

The participants trekked from Barley's Bike Rental, 5 miles down Griffin Boulevard to Conservation Park and back.

"Florida leads the nation in the number of bicycle-related deaths involving motor vehicles," said Fritz.

Fritz said locally, the fatalities and the injuries have become far too frequent.

"Ray Wishart from Mosley High School, that retired teacher - he got killed in Lynn Haven...And there's been a couple of Navy divers, one Navy diver on Thomas Drive who was killed, and then I know a friend of mine from Tallahassee who was killed two months ago," said Fritz.

Peddlers 30A cyclist Robert Prieto said he's seen some support during the silent ride.

"I think it gets people aware that we exist, and also that like we can come down and around you and you can keep going on your day. It's not going to effect you at all," said Prieto.

Barley's Bike Rental Co-owner Felix Chen also said this raises awareness for the youth.

"It's a great event, and you know, help other people and younger generations and how to understand the safety of the bikes," said Chen.

"We pay taxes like everyone else, and we just want 'em to share the road with us a little bit," added Fritz.

Panama City Beach cyclists weren't the only group riding in silence, other cities around the world participated.

It's also National Bike Safety Month and Week.

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