'Ride of Silence' honors killed or injured cyclists - Tucson News Now

'Ride of Silence' honors killed or injured cyclists

Participants in Ride of Silence in Tucson. (Source: Tucson News Now) Participants in Ride of Silence in Tucson. (Source: Tucson News Now)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Dozens of cyclists took part in the annual Ride of Silence Wednesday evening. 

The event is hosted worldwide with the purpose of honoring those who have been killed or seriously injured while cycling. 

Beverley Lucke rode in honor of her husband Robert Lucke, who was hit and killed by a semi-truck while riding his bike in South Tucson on February 16, 2017. 

"It's a life change when someone leaves your life. We don't know the future.You just have to go with what you're given," Lucke said. 

She joined dozens of other cyclists Wednesday night, including Karen Wilson, who lost her son two years ago. 

Daniel Wilson was riding his bike to work when he was hit and killed by a car on the northwest side. 

Since his death, Wilson said she's been using his story to advocate for safer roads for cyclists, in hopes no one else has to experience the pain of losing a loved one. 

"It's not even the same. We can't get it back. We'll never get it back," Wilson said. "It's in your daily life. Everything that you do, you cannot stop thinking about your loved one." 

She, as well as others, want to send a strong message to everyone who uses the roads. 

"For cyclists, I say, be careful and watch out. For drivers, you've gotta pay attention. You cannot be texting and driving. You cannot be changing your radio. You have to look where you're driving."

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