Silent Ride: Remembering Victims of Bicycle Accidents

By: Gina Pitisci Email
By: Gina Pitisci Email

Tallahassee, FL - Cyclists from across the country came together tonight in Tallahassee to remember those injured and killed while riding their bicycles. Kelly Beacher was there for a specific reason. She says "I am here in honor of Dave Baton. He is the father of my daughter Skaia and he was killed July 19th of 2011."

Cyclists gathered in Southwood and Railroad Square for the Ride of Silence to honor not only Dave Baton but the many others that have also lost their lives in bicycle accidents. Beacher says "we're all going to travel together, try to bring awareness on the road and go to the accident site which is now a memorial for him."

According to James Russell, the Deputy Chief of Police with the FSU Police Department, motorists, pedestrians and cyclists all have responsibilities and it's important to follow the rules and drive with care. Russell says, "I think as long as people understand that people have a right to the road and care about how they interact with one another, then those crashes and fatalities will be reduced."

Russell has also been hit by a car twice and says there is still a lot of work to do to educate people on bicycle safety. He says "I'm riding to get the message out that people will listen to so they are safer and hopefully that message does get out."

Florida still remains number one when it comes to bicycle fatalities. Fortunately, since last year's Ride of Silence, no one in Tallahassee has been killed. That statistic does not count injuries.

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