Bicyclists participate in Ride of Silence to honor those killed, hurt riding their bikes

Ride of Silence - cyclists remember victims of deadly crashes

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - "It’s a ride of silence. It’s just kind of a powerful feeling.”

Adele Steger was one of the dozens of people at Reid Park Wednesday night for the annual Ride of Silence.

A bike ride to remember friends and family that have been seriously hurt or even killed while riding their bikes in Tucson.

The horrible pain no parent wants to feel hit Adele Steger back in 1996. When her 19-year-old son Jamie was hit and killed by a car in Flagstaff.

He was a student at NAU going into Nursing.

It’s why Adele and her family started riding in the Ride of Silence three years ago here in Tucson, and in Flagstaff the year before. To raise awareness and to pose this thought to all drivers out there: pay attention.

Adele Steger was one of the dozens of people at Reid Park Wednesday night for the annual Ride of Silence.
Adele Steger was one of the dozens of people at Reid Park Wednesday night for the annual Ride of Silence. (Source: KOLD News 13)

"Raising people’s awareness of how dangerous cars are. People need to take responsibility for the way they drive,” said Steger.

A step towards that has been taken thanks to the new distracted driving bill that passed in April.

“It was incredible in that moment knowing that we can save lives at last with a law,” said former state senator Steve Farley, who spoke at the event.

The distracted driving law will officially go into effect in January 2021. Which will hopefully help fight theses tragedies.

Tucson police say there were 4 fatal bike crashes in 2018 and as of now in 2019, there are zero.

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