Cycling enthusiasts turned out to remember one of their own, 49-year-old Steve Jordan. He was the state's director of mental health.
"I'm here for Steve and for what he stood for," said cyclist Lisa Moon. "He has always been an advocate for people with developmental disabilities and I spent my whole life working with people with developmental disabilities and I appreciate the advocacy."
About two dozen cyclists showed up to the event along with Jordan's family.
"You have to rely on your faith and your friends to believe you're still in God's will in the good times and the bad," said Jordan's wife, Angela. "So that's what I lean on and that what he would've told me."
The cyclists left the Raleigh Police Training Center on Spring Forest Road and made their way to the scene of the accident.
Organizers say the ride draws attention to bike safety.
"It just takes one person not paying attention and things change like that for everyone," said cyclist Timur Ender. "And we really want to raise awareness of these incidents and the vulnerability of bicycles."
A cyclist and an advocate for the disabled lives on in the efforts of others to prevent similar deaths.
A 27-year-old truck driver has been charged in the crash.