Hundreds of bicyclists took to Rickenbacker Causeway Wednesday evening with a strong message: drivers are required to share the road. Wednesday night's "ride of silence" was meant to honor those who were killed or injured while biking and to raise awareness about bike safety.
Hundreds of bicyclists took to Rickenbacker Causeway Wednesday evening with a strong message: drivers are required to share the road.
Many bicyclists will tell you drivers break that law every day.
"We want to live an community where you can do outdoor activities and not be worried about being run over and left to die by a driver," said Patricia Cohen.
Unfortunately, she knows firsthand about the dangers of biking on Miami's streets. Her husband, Aaron, was killed by a hit-and-run driver on Rickenbacker Causeway in February, according to authorities who have charged the driver in his death.
Wednesday night's "ride of silence" was meant to honor those who were killed or injured while biking, to raise awareness about bike safety, and also to urge drivers to share the road.
"I like to ride on Key Biscayne but cars are very frightening out here," said bicyclist Vic van Cleve. "I live in Miami Beach, I've been hit twice on Miami Beach on my bike."
Florida law says drivers must stay three feet away from a bicyclist. But many in the biking community complain drivers have no idea the law exists.
Meantime, many drivers will argue that it's the bicyclists creating the hazard, riding in the middle of the street and clogging up traffic.
Ultimately, drivers and bicyclists must share the road and everybody must obey the same traffic laws.
A 28-page guide lists all the rules and regulations for bicyclists. The three-feet rule is the most important – a law that could have saved Aaron Cohen's life.
"I lost my husband, it's a very personal tragedy for me," his widow said. "What makes it worse is that it's preventable."