Cyclists spread awareness during Ride of Silence

TOLEDO (WTVG) - Organizers held the 8th annual Toledo Ride of Silence on Wednesday.

Participants said they want drivers to know they have legal rights on the roadways like everyone else. Many of them joined in to remember loved ones who have been lost in bike accidents.

The 7.8 miles ride left from The University of Toledo and then bikers traveled to Ottawa Hills High School, Toledo Children's Hospital, Ottawa Park and back to UT.

Maureen Billings was one of the nearly one hundred people who pedaled around Toledo. Her son, Matthew Billings, was killed while riding in 2015.

Billings said, "some ways it was tougher this year I don't know why. I guess to think of the time going by. Last year it was so fresh and it's like I'm doing this for a second time."

Robert Brundage, Tom Santoro, Eric Ramlow, Jim Lambert, Dr. Stephen Snedden and Sierah Joughin were among the list of people who were remembered at Wednesday night's event.