"Ride of Silence" Commemorates Death of Murfreesboro Cyclist

May 13, 2013

Credit mborobike.com

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- Mid-state cycling enthusiasts will participate Wednesday in a national day of remembrance for riders who’ve been killed in traffic accidents in the past year.

A total of eight cyclists died in Tennessee during 2012, while five died during 2011. A single rider has died so far in 2013.

A student cyclist attending Middle Tennessee State University was killed in February. Twenty year-old Timothy Martin was struck and killed while walking his bike across Rutherford Blvd not far from the MTSU campus.

Martin will be remembered Wednesday during the “Ride of Silence” commemorative event. MTSU Campus Recreation’s Josh Stone says everyone is invited to ride regardless of age or skill level.

“Definitely emotionally affected by Timothy’s death, so we definitely want to honor him. We’re going to start over at the campus recreation sports club complex over off of Main Street, and we’re going to ride a 7.7 mile route. ”

Stone says the ride will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday evening. For more information you can call MTSU Campus Recreation or visit the website of the Murfreesboro Bicycle Club at mborobike.com