WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) — An 8-mile silent bicycle ride in Warren was one of many around the world taking part in remembering lives lost on the roads.
The Ride of Silence event was to honor bicyclists that have been killed or injured on public roads. This was the 11th anniversary of the Ride of Silence and the second year for it in Warren.
Warren held its first event last year with about 50 riders. This year’s event drew about 30 participants, who began and ended the 8-mile ride at Warren G. Harding High School.
The Garrett Wonders Memorial Fund and the Wonders Family sponsor it.
“My wife and I lost our younger son, Garrett, to a careless driver while he was riding his bicycle. He was a Naval officer and a nuclear engineer. He was teaching at the Nuclear Propulsion School in Charleston,” said Jay Wonders.
Garrett Wonders was on a solo ride, training for the Olympics.
“He was on a military elite cycling team and had raced in Europe and done a lot of stuff like that. He was chosen from that team to go to the Olympic trials in 2004,” Jay Wonders said.
Wonders said bicycling has always been an important part of his life, and he passed that on to his son. Wonders is retired, but he used to bike to work in downtown Warren.
Each year, more than 700 cyclists are killed while riding