More than 150 bicyclists from across East Texas met in Tyler Sunday for a vigilance ride honoring a local bicyclist who was hit by a car last week. Janice Terry was riding her bike with a friend south of Tyler last weekend when a car hit her. She underwent several surgeries and has a broken back, but Sunday friends said she was doing much better.
All of the people who showed up for the vigilance ride are cyclists from across East Texas riding to honor one of their own.
“We really wanted to honor her and find a peaceful way to get out into the community and let people know that, you know, we’re here. This is what we look like. This is what to expect and that there’s a lot of us,” Cori Moore, who organized the ride, said.
Many of the nearly 200 who showed up did not know Janice Terry.
“I’m just supporting her because she’s a cyclist and we’re all in this together, you know, we all stick together,” Jim Malone, a cyclist, said.
Malone came all the way from Longview. His son was also injured when he was hit while riding a bike in Dallas several years ago.
The most recent statistics show in 2012 Texas had the third most cyclist fatalities in the country at 56 behind California and Florida.
“It is dangerous on the roads,” Malone said. “Cars don’t realize you’re there and you have to be careful for cars and I just came to support the group and support Janice.”
They arrived with paper titles on their backs with words written on them signifying their other titles, like mother or father, to remind drivers they are not just cyclists.
“I’m a financial adviser and I’m a father. I’m a grandfather, paw paw, and a brother,” Malone explained, pointing to his back where those titles were listed.
They rode 8 miles together as they so often do, but with new cause.
“Today is representing the fallen riders. It’s showing cohesiveness in our cycling community. It’s showing support. And we also are showing the community that we’re not out here trying to be aggressive and protest. We’re just out here doing what we love and, again, there’s a lot of us doing it,” Moore explained.
Janice Terry was still in the hospital Sunday. Her friends said she is out of the ICU and is expected to go home sometime this week. She will have a long road of physical therapy ahead, they said, to rehabilitate her broken back.
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