Dozens of cyclist rode for change Wednesday in Clovis as part of the Ride of Silence, raising awareness for bike safety and honoring the hundreds of riders killed or hurt in bike accidents every year.
“Patrick was wearing a helmet when he was hit and it didn’t make a difference for him when he was hit,” said Denny Boyles.
Boyles’s brother in law, Patrick TeNyenhuis was hit and killed while riding his bike in April of 2016 by an impaired driver.
“It took a while for the bike to be released from evidence and at that point, we started talking about what we wanted to do with it,” said Boyles.
Boyles brought the mangled bike, now painted white, to the annual Ride of Silence in Clovis to send a message to drivers.
“We purposely left the damage in place because we wanted to have that visual impact for people to see what happens when you stop paying attention for even one moment on the road,” said Boyles.
Melissa Rose was a victim of a hit and run accident two years ago, and after multiple surgeries and months of recovery, she considers herself lucky.
“We are all here together so it’s really about we need to look out for each other and make better decisions so that way nobody gets hurt,” said Rose.
After a moment of silence, the group set off on a 6 mile ride through Clovis, escorted by police. Some wore red if they’ve been injured and others wore black if they are riding in memory of someone killed.
The Ride of Silence happens every third Wednesday of May in cities across the world.