Elmira bicyclists came together Wednesday night to honor those who have been injured or killed while riding. The worldwide Ride of Silence, in its 17th year, ran from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. It started at Wisner Park in downtown Elmira to Eldridge Park and back.
The ride had a special meaning to event organizer Tara Escudero, along with others in the Twin Tiers, following the death last month of Charles Rogers, 68, who was struck and killed near Eldridge Park by a hit and run driver.
In March, former Elmira resident Tess Rothstein, an Elmira Free Academy graduate living in Berkley, California, was killed in SanFrancisco while riding in a bike lane. She swerved when a driver opened they’re ended up in the path of a commercial truck.
The first Ride of Silence was in Dallas after cyclist, Larry Schwartz, was struck and killed by a passing bus. The ride drew 1,000 cyclists from the area. Now, there are rides on seven continents in 20 countries, and in 47 states in the United States.