RALEIGH (WTVD) -- This Sunday, September 24, bicycling enthusiasts from will meet to raise awareness of bicycle safety during the Capital Area Ride for Safety (CARS).
The annual event began in 2016 after 4 cyclists were struck by a car and seriously injured. Attendees from local cycling clubs, organizations and the NC Department of Transporation will try and raise awareness on what to do when cyclists and drivers need to interact on the road.
"Unfortunately this year, there have been numerous crashes and close calls between motorists and cyclists," said Julie White, NCDOT Deputy Secretary for Multimodal Transportation. "One incident is too many, and it's our hope that events like these will encourage motorists to treat cyclists as drivers on the road by slowing down and passing with plenty of room. We want everyone to make it home to their loved ones."
The day-long event begins at 9am with a 28 mile round trip ride starting at Wakefield Commons in Raleigh. It stops halfway through in Downtown Raleigh at Halifax Mall for refreshments and speakers before making the return trip. An alternate 5 mile urban loop will leave from Lynnwood Brewery at 945am. Event speakers include NCDOT Deputy Secretary Julie White, Raleigh City Councilman Bonner Gaylord and Lisa Riegel with BikeWalkNC. You can get more information about the ride, speakers and register for the event at https://www.carsride.org/