Riders Take to Miami-Dade Streets to Raise Awareness of Cycling Safety

The event took place in light of the deaths of two cyclists who were struck on the Rickenbacker Causeway

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Hundreds of cyclists showed up Wednesday night for the International Ride of Silence to remember the lives lost in bike crashes.

“You wish that you were doing this with your husband rather than just being here because of him. It's really emotional," Jeishy Zerpa said.

Zerpa’s late husband died last year during a Saturday morning bike ride after a car hit him in southwest Miami-Dade.

“For me, one is too many. I lost my husband forever and that should have never happened," Zerpa said.

This week, two separate accidents involved cyclists in Miami-Dade County. On Wednesday morning, a car hit a rider, who was transported to the hospital in critical condition.

And Sunday, a couple on their bikes was hit by a Jeep on the Rickenbacker Causeway. They did not survive the crash.

“Seeing the names, seeing the pictures knowing that they have left kids behind, I really…I just put myself in their shoes. It's terrible,” said a cyclist attending the silent ride.

The Ride of Silence is not just to remember — but also to raise awareness.

“I can tell you broadly, Miami-Dade County is recognized as one of the least safe places to ride a bike,” said an organizer.

Last year, Miami-Dade invested $15 million in pedestrian and cyclist safety. The money is directed toward improving infrastructure, especially on bridges.

Some of the changes were controversial, such as newly installed “armadillos” on the Venetian that some say are dangerous.

And after Sunday’s crash, the county is expediting plans to put up barriers for bike lanes on the Rickenbacker. Cyclists say that’s a temporary fix, but the barriers are also dangerous.

Cyclist safety is a mutual responsibility for both drivers and cyclists.

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