COLUMBIA, S.C. — Dozens of cyclists took to the street for the annual Midlands Ride of Silence.
The five-mile bike ride raises awareness for cyclists who were injured or lost their life on the road.
On Wednesday night, more than 130 cyclists gathered for the ride, wearing black and red ribbons to signify a death or injury.
"We're here to ride in memory of those people," says Brenda Hall. "And hopefully educate people that we are on the road and should be respected."
The City of Columbia has worked to become a more bike friendly city, receiving bronze status by the League of American Bicyclist in 2017. However, riders believe more can be done.
"Bike lanes around town, a lot of people are hesitant to ride the bike lanes because they've become garbage collection lanes," says Jack Daniel. "We had a situation last night where a rider went down because of garbage in the bike lanes."
"It's getting better," says Hall. "A lot of the improvements that they've been making are helping, but it's people. They don't know the laws or don't think we should be out there."
The ride takes place on the third Wednesday of May every year.