Ride and Walk of Silence honors those killed in traffic crashes

Posted at 11:45 AM, May 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-17 13:52:59-04

DENVER – Bicyclists and pedestrians will take part in a procession through Denver Wednesday night to honor people killed in traffic crashes last year.

The Ride and Walk of Silence is being organized by the Denver Vision Zero Coalition, a group of several organizations that aims to eliminate traffic deaths and injuries.

According to the coalition, 61 people died in traffic crashes in the city last year, 27 of whom were on a bike or on foot. That amounts to about one death every other week.

That doesn’t have to be the case, says Gosia Kung, founder and executive director of WalkDenver.

“People are fallible. We’re going to make mistakes. We’re going to get distracted. But those mistakes don’t have to be fatal,” Kung said. “Everybody has a right to safely get around the city.”

The Ride and Walk of Silence begins at Colfax and Franklin at 6:30 p.m. and ends at the Cheesman Park pavilion.

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