Richmond residents will take a silent bicycle ride Wednesday to honor victims of collisions that have hurt and injured Richmond bicyclists during the last several years, organizers said.

The ride will depart after a brief vigil at City Hall at 5 p.m. and will be led by David Meza, a victim of a hit-and-run collision in March. He was hit from behind by a white sedan.

Richmond police will escort the ride, and Mayor Gayle McLaughlin is expected to participate.

The bicyclists will tour areas of the city where safety improvements are planned, and they will ride past the scene of a fatal bicycle collision that happened in April at the corner of 33rd Street and Barrett Avenue.

Juan Godinez-Garcia, 24, was killed there April 11 in a hit-and-run. Police later identified and arrested a driver suspected in the collision.

Organizers said that between 2008 and 2010, 69 bicyclists were killed or injured in Richmond.

Participating cyclists will ride no faster than 12 mph, will observe the rules of the road, be required to wear helmets, and will ride silently.



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